Thousands of students from Lancashire and beyond descended on Preston’s St George’s Shopping Centre to see Gok Wan at its tenth annual student event.
Celebrity fashionista Gok took to the stage to perform a DJ set and pose for selfies with star-struck students who’d turned out in full force to take advantage of the special offers and discounts available for one night only.
The shopping centre turned in to a hive of activity with live music and special attractions, including performances from Let It Shine star Kyle Passmore, who recently supported Take That on tour, and indie band Driftwood, before the evening culminated with special guest Gok taking to the stage for the exclusive DJ set.
Gok, who has performed his DJ set across the world, said: “I loved ShopFest, it was brilliant. I have DJ’d in clubs and arenas in London, across Europe and Dubai, but never a shopping centre – it was a first for me and I absolutely loved it.”
Lucky winners of an online meet and greet competition got to have a chat and pictures with Gok, while 17-year-old Sophie Lawrence, who is a student at Runshaw College, scooped £1,000 in a cash draw.
General manager of St George’s Shopping Centre, Andrew Stringer, said: “Our student shopping event is always a highlight in the student event calendar and this year we pulled out all the stops, with Gok’s special DJ set and appearance to celebrate a decade of our student events.
“Once again thousands turned out to join us, enjoying the entertainment and making the most of the discounts on offer.”
Students from UCLan, Cardinal Newman, Runshaw College and Preston’s College also enjoyed a goal shoot-out from Preston North End Football Club, a pop-up laser quest room and performances from Scare Kingdom.
Hannah Bolton, a student from Lancaster University, who attended the event with her friends, said: “It was amazing – I had the best time. The atmosphere was brilliant and I can’t believe Gok Wan was here – we loved it. I’ve bought so many things and saved a fortune – I can’t wait to come back next year.”
A full gallery from the event can be seen on the St George’s Shopping Centre Facebook page.