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New Year's party helps land award.

Byline: By SAMANTHA CLARKE samantha.clarke@mrn.co.uk

CITY centre bosses are celebrating after a Coventry shopping centre scooped a prize in national awards.

Judges presented the community relations merit award to the Lower Precinct shopping centre during the Purple Apple Awards ceremony in London.

The awards are organised by the British Council of Shopping Centres.

Judges said their decision was based on the Lower Precinct's Chinese New Year event last year, staged in partnership with the city's Chinese community and city centre managers CV One.

They said the centre had played an important part in an event which had addressed a specific community need, while enhancing the profile of the centre.

The shopping centre saw off competition from 13 other entries to win the 200,000 to 400,000 sq ft category.

In all, more than 70 towns and cities took part.

Paul Chalmers, manager of the Lower Precinct, who received the award during the ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel, said the event had been an enormous success and this was recognised in the award.

"It's fantastic news for Coventry," he added.

CV One's event manager, Mick Emerson, said: "We're delighted to be part of this, because it shows what you can achieve when the community and the commercial world work together."

Margaret Tse, of Coventry and Warwickshire Chinese Community Association, said all parties were hoping to work together again next year to build on the success.

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'FANTASTIC NEWS': The Lower Precinct with the Precinct fountain in the foreground, and (inset) Lower Precinct manager Paul Chalmers; SPECTACULAR: A ribbon dancer performs at last year's Chinese New Year celebrations in the Lower Precinct
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