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CBeebies’ star Ben Faulks boosts retail centre

CBeebies favourite, Mr Bloom - Ben Faulks - visited the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley

CBeebies favourite, Mr Bloom - Ben Faulks - visited the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley

A South Yorkshire shopping centre saw its footfall surge as fans flocked to see a TV star.

Children’s television channel CBeebies’ star Ben Faulks - also known as Mr Bloom - dropped in at the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley as part of its summer garden party.

The Mr Bloom’s Nursery presenter was there to educate youngsters about the importance of nature - and seven lucky fans got the chance to meet him after taking part in competitions.

Alhambra marketing manager Steph Higham said: “We were all very excited to welcome BEN FAULKS AS MR BLOOM, he’s a firm favourite with all the family and educated youngsters of the healthy benefits of growing fruit and vegetables at home.

“I would like to thank Ben for his visit. HE helped increase customer numbers by 10 per cent compared to the same Saturday a year ago which is fantastic given year-on-year national figures show a decline in shopping centre numbers as consumers lean towards online.”

 

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