Salisbury celebrates national Purple Flag week

People of all ages can enjoy a series of events in Salisbury from this Saturday (September 21 -29, 2013) to mark national Purple Flag week.

The city will soon celebrate its first anniversary of gaining Purple Flag status – an award which recognises excellence in the management of a city’s night time economy and provides an indicator of where to go for a good night out.

As part of the celebrations, Wiltshire Council in partnership with other group members worked with 30 shops and venues to create a treasure hunt around Salisbury. Prizes on offer included tickets for Salisbury’s Playhouse pantomime, a £50 voucher to spend on food and drink at The Cathedral Hotel, Salisbury and £30 of vouchers for Wagamama. The winners will be announced at a draw taking place at 5pm on Friday (September 27) during a Vintage Market being held in the Guildhall Square from 12noon -8pm. Visitors to the market will be able to find a range of items on offer from antiques to bric-a-brac and enjoy performances of live music from Sandy Ince, Sticky Toffee Jazz which will take place throughout the day. As well as marking Purple Flag week, the day promises to provide something for everyone who comes along.

From September 21 to 29 there will be a host of activities including bedtime stories for children aged four and upwards at Salisbury library from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on Monday (September 23), a purple themed weekend at The Chapel Nightclub (September 27 and 28 ) and performances of ‘On Golden Pond’ at Salisbury Playhouse (September 23 – 28.)

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for Public Protection, said: “Salisbury is a vibrant city that doesn’t close down at 5pm. We were delighted to gain Purple Flag status last year and continue to work with our partners to ensure Salisbury remains a safe place for people to enjoy a good night out.”

Maggie Rae, corporate director Wiltshire Council and chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said “Gaining Purple Flag status last year was a tremendous achievement. We are committed to maintaining our partnership work on this issue to ensure that Salisbury continues to thrive and be a place where people want to visit and socialise. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Salisbury’s success so far.”

Reg Williams, Clerk, Salisbury City Council said “Since gaining Purple Flag status last year, we’ve been working really hard to ensure that Salisbury city goes from strength to strength. Our week of celebration will provide us with a solid foundation on which to continue our efforts to improve Salisbury for everyone.”

Amanda Newbery, chair of Pubwatch and a member of the Purple Flag steering group said: “ Partnership working was really important in helping us to gain Purple flag status. We are continuing to work together to keep Salisbury a place where people are able to come and enjoy a safe evening out.”