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<b>Thursday 1 January 2009:</b> Happy New Year and Manchester Airport eyes Gatwick, plus Velvet Bar gets into the January sales mood

Published on January 1st 2009.

IN TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO, thousands of people came into Manchester city centre last night to celebrate the New Year. This culminated in a firework display from the Arndale Centre. The event passed off peacefully and in good humour. There were no reports of trouble and the crowd quickly dispersed home or to local bars.

BAR HAS A SALE. Velvet bar and restaurant in the Village is set to follow the High Street with a half-price sale on everything it sells including food and booze. The sale takes places on Friday and continues over the weekend until Monday 5 January. But this is hardly a credit crunch situation as the bar then closes down for a two week re-furbishment. Velvet is set to open a boutique hotel in the city in the first half of the New Year.

MANCHESTER AIRPORT GROUP (MAG) which owns Manchester, East Midlands, Humberside and Bournemouth Airports, is still confident it can net another investor to cement its bid for one of London’s airports: Gatwork. MAG is the UK's second largest airports operator. The expected price is believed to be around £1.8bn. MAG is also interested in Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

MANCHESTER CITY fans are wondering what the New Year will bring. Manager Mark Hughes is said to have a war chest of up to £50m with which to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window. Rumours suggest that negotiations to buy Roque Santa Cruz, the Paraguayan forward, from Blackburn Rovers are at an advanced stage.

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AvoJanuary 1st 2009.

So this is just a one evening sale then?

GordoJanuary 1st 2009.

ooooh sh1t, sorry Mark! It's Jonathans fault....

Get your facts right, Mancon!January 1st 2009.

Velvet sale starts - and ends - on Sunday 4th January 2008 (rumoured to be 7pm onwards), not friday - monday.:-(

GordoJanuary 1st 2009.

Yes it is Avo, and don't keep calling attention to the mistake by Jonathan

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