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City to go into 2009 with a bang

A display has not been staged in the city since the millennium

Manchester's New Year celebrations are set to go with a bang as fireworks will be let off in the city centre to mark the start of 2009.

The fireworks have been planned in response to public demand, Manchester City Council said.

The 10-minute display will be set off from the top of the Arndale Centre and will be best seen from Exchange Square.

It will be the first time a display has been staged in the city centre since the millennium.

Councillor Pat Karney said: "We have taken on board the thoughts of local people.

"Most people will be at parties or in pubs and clubs but for those who do wish to come outside at midnight, they can make their way down to Exchange Square for the countdown before the fireworks are released on the stroke of 12."

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