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Peppa Pig meet and greet event draws 800 people to Arc shopping centre

Hundreds of families turned up for a meet and greet session with Peppa Pig in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

The Arc shopping centre, which organised the free event with the popular pre-schoolers' character, was overwhelmed by the number of visitors and was forced to issue tickets for later sessions after parents and children faced long queues.

The event, which was originally planned for outdoors in the Arc, was moved into the Apex after a poor weather forecast.

Peppa Pig(15517005)
Peppa Pig(15517005)

Centre manager Abbie Panks said: "Our character meet and greet sessions are always extremely popular.

"On Saturday we estimate around 800 people turned up to see the iconic piggy, which far exceeded expected numbers compared to past character meet and greets.

"It’s safe to say Peppa Pig has a lot of fans in Bury."

Some parents took to social media to express their frustration at being unable to meet Peppa on the day.

Dawn Cooper said: "So badly organised. All sessions full up when we arrived around lunchtime. So many children turned away crying."

Amanda Jayne Harwood-Abbott said: "What a let down. Travel 30 mins to get here and get turned away."

But Linda Stokes-Swain said: "We loved it. Glad we got there early as it did get very busy."

And Jaime Reichert said: "I, as many others expected, queued for an hour and would say it was well worth the wait to see the smile on my little girl's face."

This weekend, the Arc shopping centre will host the urban beach in Charter Square as part of the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival.

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