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Millennium Place - the place to be; Seasonal celebrations find a new home this year.

Byline: Steve Shaw

CHRISTMAS in Coventry this year promises to be bigger than ever, thanks to the launch of Millennium Place.

Traditionally, the seasonal celebrations have been centred on Broadgate and the Upper Precinct areas of the city centre.

However the city's giant Christmas tree will take pride of place in Millennium Place this year.

CV One spokesman Pete Walters said: "This year's celebrations will be bigger than last year and we are spending a considerable amount of money.

"This new facility enables us to hold bigger events in a safe environment and at less cost.

"The Broadgate and Upper Precinct areas of town aren't really designed to host such events."

Elsewhere, late-night shopping and a fashion show will take centre stage in the Lower Precinct on November 12.

The city's main Christmas lights will be switched on by The Tweenies in Broadgate on November 16.

And a New Year's Eve party in Millennium Place will help revellers see out the year in style with a 1980s theme night.

Top acts to open city landmark

MILLENNIUM Place in Coventry will open in a blaze of glory with a massive pop concert in December.

At least one chart-topping act is being lined up for the historic occasion, although event organisers are refusing to confirm any names.

Some 8,000 music fans are expected to turn out for the free open-air concert in the newly-built city landmark.

Radio station Kix 96 and city centre management company CV One have spent months planning the event.

The pop concert is part of a series of events to mark the long-awaited opening of the multi-million-pound project.

On December 12, a ribbon will be cut to mark the official opening of Millennium Place.

This will be followed by the pop concert on the next day and a family day on Sunday, December 14.

Once it is completed, the Millennium project will see four public gardens and two civic squares being created as well as many restorations and renovations around the city centre.

All of the building work will be finished by the time of the official opening.


NEW VENUE: Millennium Place and (inset) a crowd gathers for last year's Christmas lights switch-on; ALL SET: CV One's Pete Walters (above) and (left) The Tweenies, who will be turning on the Christmas lights
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 11, 2003
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