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Shops will open late for Games

22 July 2002

City centre stores in Manchester will stay open late during the Commonwealth Games.

Manchester's cafe society

Bars have been granted late licenses during the Games

Most will be open until 9pm from Mondays to Saturdays, from 22 July until 5 August, although Sundays will remain the same.

Hundreds of thousands of people are due to pour into the city over the coming days and retailers want to offer them the chance to shop late.

Bars and clubs have also been granted extended hours as the city is transformed into the party capital of the country.

Manchester starts its celebrations on 24 July when the Queen's Jubilee Baton arrives in the city centre.

During the Games, international visitors will be able to use stores displaying "tax-free shopping" signs.

Many of the shops will be decorated in Games colours, in keeping with the carnival atmosphere that will be created across Manchester.

City centre manager Gordon McKinnon said: "The city centre will be an exciting and vibrant place during Games time and will be enhanced by late- night shopping."

"Manchester has a tremendous range of shops and bars, and with late opening times, it will give visitors and local people a chance to experience the Games while still having time to see the great things the city has to offer."

The city council has produced a guide to every aspect of Manchester life during the Games."

Your Games Your Guide is being distributed through all Manchester libraries, information centres, public buildings, leisure and community centres.

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