Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Traders Really Digging a Surge in City Visitors ; Gardening Festival Gives Shops a boostKing Street Used as Horticulture Market

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Traders Really Digging a Surge in City Visitors ; Gardening Festival Gives Shops a boostKing Street Used as Horticulture Market

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SOARING numbers of shoppers are visiting Manchester city centre thanks to the Dig the City urban gardening festival, organisers claim.

The opening weekend of the nine-day event, which took place last Saturday and Sunday, saw footfall at city-centre shops increase by a sixth on last year.

A survey of traders found thousands more shoppers visited traders on festival hot-spots including Exchange Square, St Ann's Square and Cathedral Yard.

The boost to the city's shops was even more marked compared to two years ago - with the number of shoppers rising by a third compared to August 2011, although it may have had something to do with the unseasonably poor weather that month. King Street, home to the Dig the City horticulture market, had an increase in footfall by a staggering 150pc on last year, while Selfridges reported a fifth more shoppers and New Cathedral Street was 14pc up.

'The looks vibrant, of colour and life' Dig the City organisers, including representatives of city centre traders, said that the figures showed the festival was having the desired effect. …

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