8 throwback photos from the Trafford Centre's opening day in 1998 as it celebrates its 25th anniversary

As Greater Manchester's favourite shopping centre turns 25, we take a look back to the first day of business back in 1998.

A big happy birthday to the Trafford Centre - which is turning 25 this September.

Since opening its doors back in 1998, it has attracted shoppers from far and wide to its ever-increasing mix of retail and leisure.

We've delved into our archive to take a look back at that opening day where there were big queues to get in and grab that first bargain. Also, the car parks were rather busy too. Sound familiar?