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Euro never walk alone.

GLASGOW is preparing a massive party for the football fans heading for the city this week.

But Spanish and German supporters of Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen who forget to change their euros might be disappointed.

Most city bars and shops won't be accepting the currency though larger stores such as Marks & Spencer and book giants Borders are willing to take it.

Norrie MacDonald, 36, manager of the famous Horseshoe Bar in Drury Street, is sad he can only accept sterling.

He said: "Our tills haven't switched to dual currency yet but our firm is looking to do it soon."

But the Horeshoe is set for a big night on Wednesday. Norrie said: "We want to give the fans a huge Glaswegian welcome."

Borders sell German and Spanish newspapers and accept the euro.

Magazine manager Tim Williams, 42, said: "I'm delighted the cup final is here in Glasgow because it will bring in the tourists."

A picnic lunch from Marks & Spencer in Argyle Street shouldn't be a problem as the store has a euro cash desk on every floor.

Real Madrid supporters are in for a treat if they visit La Tasca tapas bar on Renfield Street.

The restaurant is unable to accept the euro but have planned a huge Spanish fiesta for visiting fans.

Waiter Alberto Soldan, 24, from Barcelona, said: "I'm a Barcelona supporter but I know the Real Madrid fans are going to be pleased with the welcome here."

No football trip would be complete without taking back a souvenir. Luckily for our foreign guests, Greaves Sports Store accepts euros and is selling scarves to commemorate the event.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 2002
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