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Preston keeps Purple Flag status for its nightlife and PrestFest in the running for an award

Posted on - 24th June, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Nightlife
Your usual weekend revellers in the city centre?

Your usual weekend revellers in the city centre?

Preston’s nightlife has been recognised as one of the best in the country for the third year in a row.

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The Purple Flag award is given to cities and towns with a safe, vibrant and enjoyable night out – and the venues in the city scooped it again.

Alongside the Purple Flag the PrestFest, which took place over the May Bank Holiday, has reached the final of a national competition.

The Association of Town & City Management have listed the festival in the category of Developing the Early Evening and Night Time Economy award.

Jessica Toomey, owner of the Frog & Bucket Comedy Club and Chair of Preston By Night said: “Following on from the Purple Party in October last year, we wanted to bring a bigger bang to the city. We came up with Prestfest, which was well received by operators and visitors.

“It was a bit of a journey to learn from the Purple Party the year before to make sure that we offered something for everyone, regardless of interest, age and budget.

“Prestfest was successful in that people who didn’t generally come to Preston for a night out decided to give it a go, which was exactly what we set out to achieve. We only hope that they continue to visit.”

Preston’s Business Improvement District have pumped £20,000 into the first PrestFest and a further £20,000 will be invested into a second festival in October.

The second PrestFest will look to build on the first and include more venues – as 65 per cent of city centre venues took part in the first one.

The May festival included celeb guests, discounted dining and entry offers. Three quarters of venues reported an increase in footfall or turnover against 2012 for the same weekend.

What do you think about the city centre nightlife? Did you go to PrestFest? Let us know your views in the comments below

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