A city youngster has taken on her new role as a shopping centre’s head of fun.
Six-year-old Myah Rose Wilson, from Sunderland, is one of the MetroCentre’s youngest executives and carried out her first role saying hello to shoppers during half term.
Mackenzie Toal, eight, from Prudhoe, saw off competition from scores of youngsters to be appointed the Metrocentre’s first ever Head of Fun, with young Myah as his deputy.
The pair carried out their first official engagement by joining the Metrognomes on stage for Metrocentre’s popular May Half Term show.
Dressed in miniature Metrocentre uniforms the pair looked the part as they took to the stage in the shopping centre’s Exhibition Square.
After taking part in a coconut shy competition, the young executives chatted to shoppers about ways in which they can make a trip to the Gateshead shopping centre even more appealing for young visitors.
Among their new duties – which they will carry out in school holidays and half term breaks – Mackenzie and Myah will give their opinion on all the centre’s children’s facilities and test new restaurants and leisure activities for child friendliness.
They will also get to meet Santa and his elves and test out all new toys sold in the centre – so they will be among the first in the region to find out all about new crazes and toy trends.
In exchange for their hard work, Mackenzie and Myah will be paid handsomely in gift vouchers and toys.
The pair were chosen after a hard-fought contest for the posts where entrants had to explain in 200 words why they should be appointed.
Myah said: “I said how much I like the Metrognomes. I don’t really know what else we’ve got to do but it’s very exciting.”