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City shows its true colours

17 July 2002

Flags are being unfurled across Manchester as the city puts the final touches to its preparations to host the Commonwealth Games.

town hall

The whole of Manchester will be awash with colour at Games time

And more bunting and banners are being planned for outlying areas, where many M.E.N. readers feel more promotion for the Games is urgently needed.

A giant yellow sculpture has gone above the main entrance of the town hall depicting the familiar three-figure Games emblem. Council gardeners have also planted 180,000 seedlings to add colour to the city centre and along major routes and more than 2,000 Games banners are being to be hung from lampposts.

Council staff are also working hard to ensure that all areas around Games venues, the city centre, Athletes Village and main roads major routes are clean and well maintained.

Five environmental teams will be set up during Games time to deal with cleansing issues such as litter, graffiti and fly posting removal.

A number of commercial and non-commercial building wraps, covering development sites in east Manchester and the city centre, have been instigated by the city council.

Deputy council leader Martin Pagel said: “Manchester is looking spectacularly colourful and brighter, as many people visiting the city for the Games and members of local communities are already telling us:

“Operational logistics have dictated that we have had to start from the city centre, making our way back to the major approaches and across conurbations.”

“Another indicator that this is having a huge impact are the numbers of letters of praise that are appearing in the Manchester Evening News postbag.

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