Manchester plan for 'Chelsea of the North' flower show

Manchester Cathedral
Image caption Manchester Cathedral has hosted fashion shows and music concerts in 2011

Manchester is to have a flower festival that could become the "Chelsea of the North", according to one of the organisers.

Manchester Cathedral's Anthony O'Connor said the show, which will debut in July 2012, will "start off small and grow".

He said he was hopeful that it would become the "summer version of Manchester's Christmas Markets".

The show will be based around the cathedral, the National Football Museum and the Arndale Shopping Centre.

The cathedral has hosted smaller flower shows in the past, but Mr O'Connor said that this would be something much larger.

Tatton Park show

"Details are still being hammered out and a name still has to be chosen, but we are hopeful that in three or four years' time, this could be the Chelsea of the North," he said.

"It will be a fantastic thing for the city, just like the Manchester Markets, which both serve the community of the city and bring in people from far and wide."

The details of the show are being put together by representatives from the buildings involved, Manchester City Council and CityCo, Manchester's city centre management company.

Mr O'Connor said the plan was to involve the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) from 2013.

The RHS already hosts an annual July flower show at nearby Tatton Park and the Manchester show will run in week following the Cheshire event, from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 July 2012.

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