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Preston retains the Purple Flag status – here’s what that means

Posted on - 12th January, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business

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Preston has retained its Purple Flag status for evening and night-time economy for the fifth year running.

The Purple Flag represents city centres that provide a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture within the hours of 5pm and 5am.

The award also represents the safety and well-being and visitors.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “Preston city centre has retained the standard for its fifth year now, which is a major achievement for the city.

“The leisure economy in Preston continues to develop, boasting an offer that far outweighs that of any of our neighbours.

“The Purple Flag standard is an important accolade for Preston and through BID’s partnership with the sector’s venues, the police and other interested parties; we are committed to ensuring that the city centre remains a vibrant and safe place to visit.

“We will be celebrating Preston’s Purple Flag status later this year to remind people why we’re worthy of this prestigious accolade.”

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That celebration could include an event similar to last year’s event which saw Craig Charles and Mistajam celebrate the Purple Flag with a party on the Flag Market.

There are over 70 towns and cities across the UK who have the Purple Flag.

Preston will receive its renewed accreditation on February 8, 2017. Also receiving the award will be areas such as Leeds, Reading, Wexford and Sheffield.

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