Put the purple flags out for Sheffield city centre

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SHEFFIELD has been recognised with a national award for helping people have a good night out.

The city has been awarded ‘Purple Flag’ status along with Lincoln, Ipswich, Aberystwyth and Southend for being welcoming to visitors on nights out and offering a diverse range of entertainment and providing a high level of services.

Purple Flag awards, similar to Blue Flags for beaches, are backed by the Government, police and businesses.

Towns or cities wanting Purple Flag status must be welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home, provide a good mix of venues and be appealing after dark.

Sheffield was recognised for its provision of late-night public transport and well-lit and secure parking.

Chief Inspector Paul McCurry, of South Yorkshire Police, said “This award recognises the tremendous effort which police and our partners have put in to ensuring Sheffield city centre is a safe place that appeals to a large section of the community.”

Philip Kolvin QC, chairman of the Purple Flag Board, said: “Creating a welcoming, inclusive and appealing night time economy is a major partnership endeavour, and the five new towns awarded with the Purple Flag accreditation have worked tremendously hard to achieve theirs.

“Today’s newly awarded towns and cities join 25 other Purple Flag holders across the UK, who’ve met and continue to maintain the high standards required.

They all deliver a range of activities, initiatives and services in their centres as part of a committed partnership.

“I hope as the scheme becomes increasingly synonymous with night-time inclusion and enjoyment, more cities and towns will be encouraged to raise their standards.”