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Christmas Market's return offers festive hope

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 18/11/2013

There are early indications that the Continental Christmas Market at the City Hall in Belfast has returned this year with a new dynamism, despite the bad effects of last year's untimely Union flag dispute, which disrupted so much of the business at the heart of the city.

On the other hand, another survey has shown that local traders might be facing an even tougher Christmas this year. This apparent paradox may well be providing its own lesson – namely that those who go to extra lengths to tempt the customer, will end up with a greater share of the profits. No-one is promised an easy time this Christmas but clearly it may be a case where good fortune favours the commercially brave.

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Father would be so proud of his twins' charity appeal 

Editor's Viewpoint There are many demands on our charity from deserving causes but it would be a hard heart which is not moved by the appeal by twins Amy and Liam Murray for donations to the Cancer Focus Christmas appeal. Having lost their father Liam to cancer six years ago, they know the value of the services offered by the organisation. Cancer is expected to hit one in two people in the coming years and there will be many households with empty chairs this Christmas...

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