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<b>Thursday 21 August:</b> Airport strike called off, record visitor figures and festival called off

Published on August 21st 2008.


BAGGAGE HANDLERS and cabin crew at Manchester, Stansted and Gatwick airports have called off a series of 24-hour strikes. After talks between union representatives from GMB and Unite and employer's Swissport, an improved pay deal means that there will be no disruption at Manchester Airport on 27 August and 1 September.

GUNTHER VON HAGEN'S Body World's 4 has been the most successful exhibition ever held at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry). The exhibition closed on Sunday, and final figures show that 266,380 people visited between 22 February and 17 August. Gunther von Hagens visited Manchester twice during the exhibition – during the launch and for a public lecture in May followed by an exclusive question and answer session with Manchester Confidential readers.

IT'LL ALWAYS BE KNOWN AS KENDALS but the department store that changed its name four years ago and is now called House of Fraser is due a major refitting. This will be part of a £150m makeover for the group's national stores. The refitting (and exclusive new fashion labels) will highlight House of Fraser's ambition to move upmarket.

THE WET SUMMER has caused the cancellation of a big free film festival this weekend. Peel Park in central Salford, one of the oldest municipal parks in the country but prone to flooding given its location next to the River Irwell, is waterlogged and unable to safely take the required equipment. The hired screen which cost £7500 will be used in another Salford event, thus preventing the money being wasted.

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