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We're Not Staying Away This Weekend, Say City Workers

Rahki Sinha and Sarah Lee asks the public if they're in or out

Written by . Published on August 12th 2011.


We're Not Staying Away This Weekend, Say City Workers

CITY centre businesses shouldn't fear a public exodus this weekend as people vowed to eat drink and shop as normal in Manchester.

Confidential took to the streets to ask the city's workers if they had been put off from coming into Manchester over the weekend because of Tuesday night's riots.

“A bunch of idiot vandals aren’t going to stop me having a drink. I think people are overreacting.”

But the majority said they would carry on as normal, as the fear caused by the disturbances begins to dissipate.

Debbie Sharples from Irlam gave a resounding “no” when asked if the riots had scuppered her plans for the weekend. “Definitely not, I’m still going to Epernay as planned," she said. "The trouble seems to have died down and besides, it’s probably safer now more than ever because of the strong police presence in the city.”

Gareth Davies from Ancoats agreed: “I’m not scared. There are enough police around so I’m going to the Northern Quarter with mates.”

Joe Wood from Audenshaw will be hitting the town too: “A bunch of idiot vandals aren’t going to stop me having a drink," he said. "I’m going down to Canal Street, I think people are just overreacting.”

But Hazel Ball from Droylsden is still nervous that the trouble could start again. “I was going to come to Manchester tomorrow night for dinner with friends, but I’ve been put off," she said. "I know it’s died down but I think I’ll leave it for a while.”

Mario Pezzino from Italy has been living in Manchester for four years and is now worried about coming into the city centre at night. “I think it’s fine to be out during the day but I’m going to stay in tonight and avoid the city centre," he said.

Others were waiting for pay day or had been out during the week and didn't see a need to visit the centre this weekend.

But people who were going out said they would spend an average of £50 on a night out this weekend.

We also stopped people on Deansgate and in Spinningfields, where most people we spoke to were aged between 20-35.

Most felt happy to still shop on Market Street, St Ann’s Square and Deansgate and one woman was out shopping for an outfit for Saturday night as we spoke to her.

The Printworks and the Northern Quarter were also on the cards for a lot of the people we spoke to.

There are fears that people will stay away this weekend, costing businesses tens of thousands of pounds. Most that we met had moved on from Tuesday night and were ready to support the weekend economy.

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AnonymousAugust 13th 2011.

Dear Debbie Sharples,

Come see Nate or Dan at Epernay tonight when you get in and we'll get you your first glass of champagne!!! We love your spirit! Its good to see the people of Manchester will not be shaken!!

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