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Watford collects Purple Flag award for its nightlife
Watford is celebrating the renewal of the Purple Flag award for 2013, which recognises that the town centre is a good destination for a fun and safe night out.
To mark the start of national Purple Flag Week, the town centre has been turned purple and a Watford Borough Council campaign and competition was launched last week.
Visitors to the town at the weekend were encouraged to take photos of themselves against the purple photo-board backdrop, located in The Parade, and upload them to social networking site, Twitter.
Councillor Jan Brown, Chair of Licensing, said: "In order to achieve Purple Flag status, we had to demonstrate that Watford is excellent at managing the evening and night-time economy; that we are welcoming to everyone, provide a good mix of venues and offer safe ways for visitors to travel home. In our renewal application we talked about our taxi-marshals, our PubWatch scheme, which promotes responsible retailing, our trained door staff and complete CCTV coverage."
The best photos will win a prize donated by venues across the town. These include two family tickets to see Bananas in Pyjamas at Watford Colosseum, a booth and entry for six people to Oceana, two meals and two pitchers from Yates and a two-course Sunday lunch for two at The Horns.
Watford’s Chief Inspector Dave Wheatley said: "Ensuring Watford is a safe and enjoyable night out is a real partnership effort with Watford Borough Council, the venues themselves and the voluntary agencies who work in the town on Friday and Saturday nights. Crime is reducing in Watford, including violent crime and thefts, and I am confident this is down to our partnership approach. It’s an ever improving picture and I am pleased that the town has been recognised once again for its Purple Flag status."
For more information, go to www.watford.gov.uk/havefunandbesafe
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