1. Greater Manchester eyes 52 NHS sites for 1,700 new homes.
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3. Greater Manchester United reveal online target for world-class signings: 'To win on the pitch, we have to win off it'.
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8. As of 2012, Greater Manchester has no Michelin-starred restaurants, but three eateries in the Bib Gourmand category.
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9. Greater Manchester hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games which was, at a cost of £200M for the sporting facilities and a further £470M for local infrastructure, by far the biggest and most expensive sporting event held in the UK and the first to be an integral part of urban regeneration.
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12. Greater Manchester has a population of 2,798,800, making it the third most populous county in England after Greater London and the West Midlands and the highest ever for the county.
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13. The first Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester was Sir William Downward who held the title from 1974 to 1988.
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14. Greater Manchester is a ceremonial county with its own Lord-Lieutenant who is the personal representative of the monarch.
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