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2002: Golden Games

2002: Golden Games
As Britain celebrates the Diamond Jubilee, we take a look at key moments of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Manchester played a central role in making the Golden Jubilee year memorable.

The celebrations for The Queen's 50th anniversary were tempered by the loss earlier in the year of her mother and her younger sister, Princess Margaret. 

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

One of the highlights of the Golden Jubilee year, The Manchester Commonwealth Games, took place in the newly built City of Manchester Stadium in July. The Games were a great success, not only turning the eyes of the world onto Manchester but also providing a lasting legacy for East Manchester and a new home for The Blues.

Prime Minister – Tony Blair

Tony Blair 2002

Average House Price - £115,000
Gallon of Petrol - £3.18

Music: Top five selling singles

  • Anything is Possible / Evergreen – Will Young
  • Unchained Melody – Gareth Gates

  • Hero - Enrique Iglesias

  • Dilema – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland

  • A little less conversation – Elvis Presley vs JXL

Other key events worldwide

  • Invasion of Afghanistan begins.
  • The end of the Foot and Mouth crisis is declared after 11 months
  • BBC 6 Music is launched.
  • Arsenal win the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in the final and complete their second double in five seasons after a 1-0 away win over defending champions Manchester United.
  • England's hopes of winning the World Cup are ended by a 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Brazil in the quarter-finals
  • The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester opens
  • Rio Ferdinand becomes the most expensive player in English football when he completes his £29.1million move from Leeds United to Manchester United.
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