Manchester’s Christmas decorations are an annual fixture, feasted upon by residents and visitors alike.
After a dimmed-down festive season last year in the grip of Covid-19’s second wave, the city is alive again with festive cheer.
Indeed, Pat Karney, a councillor and Christmas spokesman for Manchester City Council described 2021’s festive effort as ‘making up for lost time’.
But with a total cost of £257,743 to the taxpayer, this comes at a price, and is it worth paying?
Comparable figures from Leeds City Council show that they spent more than double this amount in 2019, with expenditure totalling £577,400.
What do Manchester’s residents, visitors and traders make of the amount of money being spent on this? Opinion was as ever divided.