THOUSANDS of young fans turned out to see Peppa Pig and her little brother George.
The cute characters made a special guest appearance at The Galleries, Washington.
Some younger visitors got a special treat as the pair as they handed out free tickets for meet-and-greet sessions.
The event took place to launch The Galleries’ new Wessington square, which has undergone an £8million refurbishment including new tiling, improved lighting and signs.
Paul Corbett took his daughters Alannah, seven, and Leiah, two, along to meet their TV heroes at the centre.
The 40-year-old, of Concord, said: “The area looks a lot more spacious and when some new shops open up it will look a lot more attractive.”
Centre manager David McNee said the improvements had been worth the wait.
He said: “The work that has taken place over the last two years has dramatically improved the centre, and it is our way of thanking customers who have been incredibly patient and loyal to us during this time.”
Galleries chiefs hope that the improvements to Wessington Square, which is seen the focal point of the centre, will see shoppers flock to enjoy its facilities.
The open-plan area of the square has seen its roofline double in height.
A new shop, Muffin Break, has opened, creating eight new jobs.