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Flying the Purple Flag for excellence
Article date: 14 Mar 2011

Rob Gibson, pub manager at The Green Ginger, in Torquay, has been appointed chairman of a steering group to help the Devon town to gain national recognition for safety.

Rob, together with representatives from local police, council, town-centre management, retailers, other licensees and businesses, aims to win Torquay town centre its Purple Flag status.

Purple Flag is a new accreditation scheme which recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres – at night. Entertainments areas which achieve the standard are those which offer visitors a better night out.

Purple Flag aims to raise standards and improve the quality of UK towns and cities.

Just as Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, Purple Flag is set to be the indicator of where to go for a good night out and will bring positive publicity for successful town and city centres.

If successful, Torquay could be ranked among the best night-life locations in the UK, attracting more families and older visitors to the town centre and harbourside – after 6pm.

City centres which have already attained Purple Flag status include Bath, Birmingham , Bournemouth, Covent Garden and London’s Leicester Square, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

The scheme, launched last year, has the support of the police and the Home Office.

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