Nottingham’s Purple Flag Week raises the standard
Nottingham’s Purple Flag Week has been hailed as a success, receiving praise on both a local and national level.
The week-long celebration (19-25 September) was designed to highlight the city’s retained Purple Flag Status, which means Nottingham is deemed to be a safe, clean and varied place to visit at night.
As well as special offers at bars and restaurants across the city centre, key buildings such as the Council House were illuminated in purple and Purple Flags were flown in the Market Square and from the Castle.
The week concluded with a Twilight Walk around the city, which was started with a rousing speech about Nottingham by former Notts County legend Michael Johnson.
With more than 100 members of the public joining in, the event featured entertainment stops along the route, with performances from local Samba drummers, circus performers The Company Contrary, the Gospel Revival Centre Choir and the Caribbean Carnival Queens. The walk also helped to raise vital funds for the Street Pastors scheme, which offers help and support to those in need in the city centre at night.
Nottingham’s retained Purple Flag Status is down to a collaborative effort from key partners, including: We Are Nottingham Leisure, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham Businesses Against Crime and the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Team.
Commenting on the success of Purple Flag Week, Sylvia Oates, chief executive of We Are Nottingham Leisure, said:
“The whole idea of Purple Flag Week was for the community to join together to show that we’re proud of our city and the great variety that we have on offer in the evening.
“It’s been heartening to hear so many people talking about Nottingham in such a positive way and we’ve heard from lots of people who’ve used Purple Flag Week to go and try something different in the city, whether that be a new bar and restaurant, a cultural venue or activity such as ice skating or bowling.”
For more information on Nottingham’s Purple Flag Status and Purple Flag Week, visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/purpleflag. Further details on the Purple Flag accreditation scheme can be found at www.purpleflag.org.uk