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24 January, 2005

Millennial Manchester

Helen had a bit more shopping to do this morning, but I had the camera with me, and took a few photos of Exchange Square and the new buildings on the southern side of the 'Millennium Quarter'.
It's ironic that the vigour and modernity of the retail/leisure heart of Manchester owes its existence to a terrorist act.  At 11:20 on Saturday 15 June (Father's Day), 1996, the IRA detonated a 3,300 lb (1500 kg) bomb in Corporation Street.  Though no-one was killed, over 200 people were injured, mainly by glass, and 50,000 m² of retail space & 25,000 m² required reconstruction.  I haven't been able to find a consistent figure for the cost of the work, but my own view is that it seems to have been well-spent.

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