Love it or hate it, today’s the day

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GEORGE Square has been turned into a love-fest in time for Valentine’s Day.

Glasgow’s City of Love, which runs until tomorrow (Saturday), will see the city centre landmark packed with fair ground rides attractions and food stalls from 10am till 10pm.

Organiser M&Ds, which runs the amusements area at Strathclyde Park, has installed a giant wheel and rides including the hair-raising Love Blast.

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A spokesman said: said: “This is the perfect opportunity for couples to keep the spark in their relationship.

“We have the perfect mix of adrenaline and romance in our rides.

“It’s the ideal combination for any loved-up Glasgow couple.”

This week, we asked southsiders: is Valentine’s Day a good excuse to spoil a loved one or do you think it’s a complete waste of money?

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Romantic at heart Archie Faulds, from Shawlands, thinks it’s a great excuse for a special treat. The 73-year-old told The Extra: “I have been married 50 years and I always look forward to Valentine’s Day. It’s probably force of habit but I quite like it.”

Anna Mulhern (53), from Thornliebank, agreed: “My husband is good at getting me presents so I always look forward to Valentine’s.”

But for Andrew Fairway (49), “it’s a rip off, just like Christmas”.

The Strathbungo man said: “It says it all when the lady who came up with the concept of Mother’s Day wanted it to end. It’s exploitation.”

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And Alexander Begg (82) from Queen’s Park, added: “It’s a bonanza for businesses which, in some ways, is a good thing — it keeps them going. But I am a bit fed up — these occasions are blown out of proportion.”

What do you think? Share your thoughts on Valentine’s Day — whether you’re loving or loathing it — on Facebook or Twitter.