A legendary Preston pub landlord has received special recognition for his contribution to the nightlife in the city.Advertisement
Ronnie Fitzpatrick who ran the Dog and Partridge on Friargate until leaving this year was given a Special Recognition Award at the Alive After Five Awards.
Thousands of Prestonians voted for their favourite bars, nightclubs and restaurants in the city.
More than 200 members of the night time businesses in the city packed into Evoque on Tuesday for the ceremony.
Wnners included Kuckoo for Bar of the Year, Baluga for Club of the Year, Roper Hall for Pub of the Year and East Z East won Restaurant of the Year.
Organisers Preston Business Improvement District host the awards as a celebration of the city having a Purple Flag as a great place for a night out.
Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “Picking up an Alive After Five award has a special significance because all our winners are selected by the people who visit these establishments every day of the week.
“The BID then went a step further and made ‘mystery shopper’ visits to each of our venue finalists and judged them on the service they provided.
“We received more than 32,000 votes this year which shows the popularity not just of these awards but of Preston’s night scene.
“The awards are designed to drive up standards and promote Preston’s offer and have been embraced by businesses and by the public.”
Evoque collected two prizes on the night with Sophie Prytharch collecting Waitress of the Year and manager Leigh Sweeteman was Venue Manager of the Year. Stratos picked up Entertainment Venue of the Year.
The awards night was hosted by BBC Lancashire DJ John Gillmore and former Big Brother contestant Luke Marsden.
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