Massive birds are a fun feather in Bury St Edmunds shopping centre’s cap

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds
Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds
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Two animatronic bird puppets brought colour and fun to the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds on Monday.

Shoppers gathered and children rushed to greet Squawk’s multicoloured birds, who visited as part of arc’s month-long Noah’s Arc series of events.

Four-year-old Isabelle Roskilly makes friends with one of the bird puppets

Four-year-old Isabelle Roskilly makes friends with one of the bird puppets

Colin Roberts, centre manager, said Squawk was chosen because its birds were not the ‘normal run of the mill characters’ and he thought their beautiful and colourful appearance would fit in well with Bury.

He said: “Squawk were fantastic, so colourful, and the way their ‘trainer’ interacted with the public was really brilliant. We’ll definitely have them back, that’s for sure.”

He added: “It’s all part of our Monday promotion throughout August called Noah’s Arc.

“We’ve had gorillas, we had the hungry caterpillar last week and we also had Peter Rabbit, so Squawk was just the next semblance of that idea, to generate a bit of excitement on dull Mondays.

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds

“We thought it would make a change and it seems to have done well.”

The final Noah’s Arc event will take place in Charter Square on Monday when shoppers will be given the chance to learn about reptiles and creepy crawlies, and even have the opportunity to hold them.

There will also be a free craft workshop from 11am-3pm where youngsters will be able to make their own snake and the chance to win a £50 shopping spree by snapping and sharing a photo.

Mr Roberts said: “This final event is a great way to bring the activities to a close, kids will absolutely love the opportunity to get up close to these mini beasts.”

One of the colourful animatronic puppets

One of the colourful animatronic puppets

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds

Animatronic puppetry in the arc, Bury St Edmunds