September 28, 2012 11.29 am This story is over 118 months old

Lincoln flies its Purple Flag high

Proud award: Lincoln is flying its Purple Flag for the first time over the Guildhall along with other big city destinations in the UK.

Lincoln is flying its Purple Flag for the first time over the Guildhall until Sunday, September 30.

Lincoln was awarded a Purple Flag for the first time earlier this year as recognition for excellence in the management of its night time economy, which includes schemes such a the Street Pastors and night time wardens.

The Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee helped raised the Purple Flag at the Guildhall in Lincoln for the first time on Friday morning.

Purple Flags are not awarded to anyone – other big city destinations with this seal of approval include Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield.

Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive of Lincoln Business Improvement Group said: “Being awarded the Purple Flag is a seal of approval for the way partners across the city manage the evening economy here in Lincoln. We are committed to ensuring the city is a safe and pleasant place to be and the Purple Flag award is a reflection of this.”

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Lincoln has a great amount to offer in the evening, and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy it. From bars and restaurants to theatres and nightclubs, I hope people will take the opportunity this weekend to see what there is in Lincoln.”

Emma Tatlow, Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager, said: “As much as visitors want to enjoy the city during the day, they want to explore and enjoy the city in the evening too. The Purple Flag award demonstrates that we do have a well managed evening economy here in Lincoln, ensuring visitors to the city are going to have a positive and memorable experience.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite