MANCHESTER'S Co-op complex is showing its support for one of the city's biggest art, culture and tourist attractions in years.
The Cow Parade ? which has already visited New York, Tokyo, London, Las Vegas and Dublin and is currently also on show in Prague and Stockholm ? has moo-ved into Manchester city centre until 12th September and two of the 150 life-sized fibre glass animals are currently on display outside New Century House and No 1 Balloon Street.
Rainbow, sponsored by the Co-operative Group, stands outside the society's headquarters while "No 1 Balloon Street" (pictured), sponsored by Co-operative Financial Services, attracts the attention of passers-by outside the combined Co-op Bank/CIS/Travelcare premises.
A selection of the cows, including some named after celebrities such as Daisy Beckham, Mootina Navratilova and Jonny Milkinson, will be the stars of a gala auction in October 2004, with 75 per cent of the net proceeds being donated to Manchester Kids, a charity which provides funding for local children's and young people's projects.