Children from St Paul’s RC Primary School in Feniscowles descended on The Mall Blackburn as part of a national initiative to give children an insight into the working world.
The Takeover Day scheme, which is backed by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, gives kids the chance to shadow professionals and see what is involved in the day-to-day operations of a shopping centre.
The year six pupils were taken on a unique behind the scenes tour of the shopping centre including the security offices, sprinkler room, recycling centre and control room.
They also visited the management offices and the Ask Me Point to learn about how each job role contributes to the smooth running of the busy Mall.
Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall, said: “We had a fantastic time with the children from St Paul’s RC Primary School and they were an absolute credit to their teachers.
“It was wonderful to see how inquisitive they were and they asked lots of brilliant questions throughout the day.
“When we asked them what their favourite part of the day was every single child said their visit to the control room, which came as no surprise as it is a hive of activity and is home to all the CCTV operations.
“I am sure, from our conversations with the youngsters, that there are a lot of future retailers, security personnel and retail management candidates amongst the class!”
Eleven-year-old Erin Keedy, who is head girl at the school said: “It was really exciting to visit The Mall today as you don’t realise how much goes on behind the scenes!”
Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Deborah Clucas added: “Our day at The Mall Blackburn was wonderful and I would like to thank everyone for making us feel so welcome.
“The children were enthralled, especially when it came to visiting the control room, security offices and the recycling centre!
“It was lovely to see them all getting really involved and they showed a genuine interest in every part of the tour.”
Schools that would like to take part in next year’s Takeover Day should e-mail email@example.com