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The opening of Millennium Place

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Millenium Place in the rain at its unveiling
Millennium Place has finally opened! The £50m city centre facelift has taken six years to complete but it finally opened on 12 December.

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Coventry-born England World Cup Rugby hero Neil Back at the opening
They might have wished to change the name as Millennium Place ran over by three years, but now at last it's open.

The development, which includes a walkway from Coventry Cathedral to the Coventry Transport Museum and four public gardens, was opened by Coventry-born England World Cup Rugby hero Neil Back on Friday, 12 December.

Click the images button below to see pictures of the brand new area and read on to find out how the opening was followed by a weekend of fun.

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Jenny Frost of Atomic Kitten on stage
Just one of the redevelopment projects by the Phoenix Initiative, the open plaza aims to transform the city as a space for outdoor entertainment.

This function was well tested at the weekend when a two free concerts entertained thousands of people under the 40-tonne Whittle Arches, towering overhead.

Day one was focussed on pop and the likes of Atomic Kitten, Lisa Mafia, The Fast Food Rockers, Alistair, Phixx, Wayne Williams and others, all launching the celebration with style.

We were at the gig taking pictures for the website, so follow this link to the gallery feature to see all the pictures and to read all the gossip from backstage.

The following day saw Coventry kid and star of the musicals, Dave Willetts, arrive home to headline an evening of family entertainment in the plaza.

The evening ended with a massive phoenix made of fire being hoisted more than 50 feet into the air above the crowd to symbolise the re-generation of the city.

 Dave Willetts
Dave Willetts on stage
Naturally, we were there on the day as well and captured the fun with our photos.

Follow the link to the Sunday gallery to see the phoenix and Dave's triumphant home-coming to what he described as "one of the best outdoor venues in the Midlands."

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