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BIRMINGHAM RENEWS MILLENNIUM BID

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As the government tried to scramble together private sector funds for the Greenwich millennium festival, the organi...
As the government tried to scramble together private sector funds for the Greenwich millennium festival, the organisers of the Birmingham bid yesterday issued a last minute appeal to host the event, saying they were keeping open plans to stage it at the National Exhibition Centre, reports the Financial Times (p7).

Deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine has given more than 30 companies until today to make firm pledges of sponsorship for the Greenwich site, and Birmingham believes he will fail.

NEC chairman Roger Burman reiterated at a gathering of Birmingham supporters in Westminster yesterday that his city has already assembled some £200m of private money, the paper reports.
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