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Manchester’s Arndale Centre to dim lights and switch off famous red sign for campaign to save the planet

By Neil Robertson

The Arndale Centre will turn off its iconic ‘Arndale’ sign for an hour tonight as part of an event covering 152 countries which asks cities to reduce energy consumption in a bid to save the planet.

They will dim the lights between 8.30 and 9.30pm in support of WWF’s Earth Hour, a climate change movement which attracts support from millions of people worldwide.

Although The Arndale has supported Earth Hour in previous years, this weekend represents a unique landmark in the centre’s history.

Centre director David Allison explained: “This is the first time we have commissioned professional photographs of Arndale Tower, which hopefully will have impressive ‘before’ and ‘after’ results.”

He added: “It is difficult as a public shopping centre to turn off all lights within the centre but we are aiming to reduce as much non-necessary energy consumption during that hour and demonstrate we do care about our environment.”

The Arndale is the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre, with over 240 stores occupying the 19-storey high tower.

These stores will be encouraged to show their support for climate change by turning off their lights.

In addition, the shopping centre will minimise its night activities and usual contractor work by shutting down its back of house operations.

Manchester is one of 7,001 cities and towns around the world which is taking part in Earth Hour, and is in esteemed company.

Cities all over the globe, from New York to New Delhi, will go dark in support of WWF’s campaign.

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