Family reunion…in sand!


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SAND-TASTIC: Zayn Malik’s mum, Tricia, called the sand sculpture of her son ‘fantastic’ during a visit to The Broadway last week

SAND-TASTIC: Zayn Malik’s mum, Tricia, called the sand sculpture of her son ‘fantastic’ during a visit to The Broadway last week

Broadway’s sand sculptures get the Malik seal of approval

An A-list gathering with a twist took place today Bradford’s Broadway shopping centre last week, as Zayn Malik’s mum and sisters gathered for a closer look at a sand sculpture created in tribute to the city’s very own superstar.

Earlier this month, shoppers watched as sand artists sculpted three and a half tonnes of sand into works of art showcasing the best of Bradford - these included a city scene, magician Dynamo and former One Directioner, Zayn.

BEST OF BRADFORD: The Broadway general manager, Ian Ward, greets Tricia Malik

BEST OF BRADFORD: The Broadway general manager, Ian Ward, greets Tricia Malik

Tricia Malik, Zayn’s mum and a self-confessed ‘regular shopper at The Broadway’, paid a visit to the centre on Monday 15th August to see the sculpture and pose for a sand-tastic photograph for the Malik family album.

Sisters Safaa, Waliyha and Doniya were also keen to get a closer look at their sibling’s sand sculpture.

Tricia Malik said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard that The Broadway had decided to create a sculpture of Zayn. I think it’s fantastic.

“Zayn’s sisters and I shop at The Broadway all the time – it’s wonderful to see something like this right in our home town.

“We all wanted to come along today to see it for ourselves. It’s not every day someone carves a sculpture of your son. I know he’ll be absolutely overwhelmed to hear about it.”

The sculptures were created by Bradford team ‘Sand in Your Eye’ and is just one of several attractions planned for The Broadway over the summer months.

Ian Ward, general manager at The Broadway, said he was ‘delighted’ to welcome the Malik family down to the centre.

“When we commissioned these sculptures, we wanted to celebrate everything that’s great about Bradford,” he added. “Zayn epitomises the vibrancy and uniqueness of this city, and he’s so popular with our shoppers, we knew we had to include him.

“We never imagined we’d have a family photograph taken on the malls with his mum and sisters. It was a really special moment.

“We’re thrilled that they like the sculpture and we would invite all Zayn fans to come along and see it too. The sculptures will be here all summer.”

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