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Manchester 250: Wednesday 4 July

Festival puts Manchester on the map and Trafford Centre boss told off

Published on July 4th 2007.

THE SUGGESTION by John Whittaker of Peel Holdins, who own the Trafford Centre to sell Manchester Airport in order to fund transport infrastructure changes has been rubbished bv the City Council and business leaders. Town hall chiefs Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein have ruled out the sale, describing it as ‘breathtaking in its naivety.’

A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL has been charged with the murder of 53-year-old man in Sale. The teenager attacked Paul Sandbach near Café Nero on Sunday Morning. An ambulance was called out but Mr Sandbach refused treatment. Police found him collapsed at his home in Sale Moor. He died soon afterwards. The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, is due before magistrates in Trafford.

SVEN GORAN-ERIKKSON arrived in Manchester last night in preparation of him being named as City’s new manager. The former England manager is expected to sign a three-year £2.5m a year deal this week. This will make him the clubs highest ever managerial earner.

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL has been criticized for promoting itself better abroad, and in the rest of the country, than in Manchester. Initial reports on the success of the event seem to suggest that these criticisms may have been premature. With a sell-out for the Chinese opera Monkey: Journey to the West, plus strong reviews and big audiences, for other productions the organisers seem to be on their way to achieving what they set out to do: provide a Manchester event which can develop into a world-beater.

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AnonymousJuly 4th 2007.

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL has been criticized for promoting itself better abroad , and in the rest of the country, than in Manchester....Totally agree. I couldn't believe with less than a week to go before it kicked off there was but a whisper of hype in this city which frankly does hype very well. Now that it's kicked off it's hardly 'recreating the commonwealth games' atmosphere. A few flags down the Parkway, a teepee at 'MCC' serving ice chip shop peas and that's your lot :(But yes - blazing reviews for Monkey (which was...just great) has given this a hefty PR bounce, but what would have happened if this has fallen flat on it's baboon?On another note, aside from a positive review of our fair city from the LA Times, TIME magazine seemed content on calling Manchester the sodden Midlands???

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