Mersey Gateway workers help new look Shopping City re-launch
Mersey Gateway construction workers have played a starring role in a new promotional video for a local shopping centre.
Runcorn Shopping Centre is being re-launched as “Shopping City”.
To help promote the launch and the centre’s 45th birthday, four workers from the Mersey Gateway project have starred in a music video, alongside local schoolchildren, police officers, businesses and Halton’s Mayor and Mayoress, singing a few lines from Jefferson Starship’s We Built This City.
Mersey Gateway workers Bev Cogley, Mark O’Neil, Mark Hampton and Ryan Garbutt deliver a couple of lines from the 1985 hit, singing “We built this city on rock and roll”.
Bev said this was a great chance for her and colleagues to help the local shopping centre.
“We jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the music video. The Shopping City is a local treasure, and the chance for us to get involved and showcase our singing was too good to miss,” she said.
Centre manager Karl Clawley said: “I’d like to thank Bev, Ryan and the two Marks for taking the time out of their busy work schedules to get involved in the music video.
“The road and bridge project has become such a big feature for the borough over the past few years that it made sense to feature Mersey Gateway workers,” he said.
“It was a great choice of song for them given their construction work on the bridge and road project.”
The centre’s oldest shopper 100-year-old Bill Arnes will be guest of honour, along with Halton Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Alan Lowe and Cllr Joan Lowe, when the video premieres at a free community event this Saturday (July 1st).
The talents of more than 250 local school children, Mersey Gateway construction workers, Halton’s Mayor and Mayoress, police officers, Halton Chamber CEO and dozens of retailers and shoppers, feature on the video.