A trip to a Birmingham shopping centre turned into a magical experience for hundreds of children when they met awesome TV duo Bing and Flop.
The popular CBeebies characters were at Northfield Shopping Centre to meet young fans and have photos taken with them.
First in line were ten-month-old twins Poppy and Isobella Davis-Healey who were delighted to see their favourite characters. Mum Emma Davis, from Kings Heath, said: “Bing and Flop are the girls’ absolute favourites. It’s the only thing that settles them down when they wake in the middle of the night. They stop crying, calm down and smile.
“I don’t think they could quite believe seeing them in real life, when they’re usually on a TV screen.”
Also queuing to meet the characters was Karl Baylis from Northfield and his daughters Olivia, seven, and Melanie, four, who are both pupils at Bellfield Primary School in Northfield.
“It’s really good and the girls love it, especially Melanie who is a big fan of Bing and Flop,” he said. “We had quite a long wait but it was worth it. The girls were very excited and had big smiles. I got some lovely photos on my phone and Bing and Flop waved to them.
“We came along for the event after seeing it advertised on posters in the centre.”
Bing and Flop follows a pre-school bunny named Bing as he experiences the world around him. He uses small, everyday occurrences to demonstrate how he learns new ways to manage situations with the help of his carer Flop, and each episode ends with the catchphrase ‘It’s a Bing thing!’
Also excited to see her heroes was Orchards Primary School pupils Skye Newman, seven, along with her brother Callum, five, and sister Summer, two. Mum Hayley Titman, from Northfield, said: “The children were high-fived and cuddled by Bing and Flop and were really excited. It’s a great idea and means I can do some shopping with happy children.”
Northfield Shopping Centre manager Adam Meade said: “Bing and Flop proved hugely popular with queues to see them all day, We had really positive comments from parents and it was great to see the looks on the children’s faces.
“It can be a challenge keeping youngsters occupied in the school holidays, particularly February when the weather can be poor. Because we are in the heart of the community, we feel it is important to do all we can to provide some free, fun entertainment.”
Northfield Shopping Centre is home to more than 40 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink. It has more than 650 parking spaces.