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Welcome to the Commonwealth Games | by Greater Manchester Police
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Welcome to the Commonwealth Games

An officer photographed at one of the entrances to the main stadium.


As 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Manchester hosting the XVII Commonwealth Games we are taking the opportunity to commemorate the occasion by uploading a selection of images taken by Greater Manchester Police’s photographers during the period.


The event, said to have been largest multi-sport event ever to have been held in the UK, was hosted at venues across the region.


Construction on the main stadium began in January 2000 and cost over £100 million.


The games were officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, then celebrating her Golden Jubilee, and a great sporting success and major boost for the region.


Thousands of tourists and members of the media flocked to the city from across the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.


Greater Manchester Police staged its largest ever planned operation to provide security for all involved and to ensure that life in the rest of the region went on as normal. The Force received much praise for its work and played its part, along with Manchester City Council and a wide range of other agencies in ensuring the reputation of Manchester was enhanced.


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Taken in July 2002