Wigan Town Centre celebrates Purple Flag Success

Wigan Town Centre celebrates Purple Flag Success

Wigan town centre has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation.

The Purple Flag recognises excellence in the evening and night-time economy. Areas that are awarded the Purple Flag have evidenced that they provide a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture between 5pm and 5am, whilst ensuring and promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors.

Wigan has demonstrated it is a place that is innovating, planning and working in partnership to create a safe, vibrant and thriving night-time destination.

Councillor Dane Anderton, lead member for district centres and the night-time economy at Wigan Council, said: “The Purple Flag is a mark of confidence for our town centre. As well as recognising the hard work that Wigan Council and our partners are doing to support a safe and thriving evening economy, it will help to raise the profile and improve the image of our town centre, increasing visitors and money spent locally.

“We were particularly commended in our application for our great partnership working and for our Safety of Women at Night initiatives.

“We will be formally awarded our Purple Flag accreditation at an awards ceremony in October, after which we will explore whether there is scope to apply for Purple Flag for other areas within the Borough.”

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.

Chief Superintendent and Wigan district commander, Emily Higham, said: “We are delighted that the town of Wigan received such an accreditation, the safety of our public is paramount and we will continue to provide robust and visible policing to keep the public of the borough and visitors safe.  We have fantastic working relationships with our partners, and it shows that working together we can achieve great things. Obtaining Purple Flag status is something we should all be proud of.”

Michael Pagett, chair of Wigan pub watch and business owner, said: “This is a fantastic outcome for Wigan Town Centre, and highlights what the town has to offer that often people don’t realise.  This accreditation will improve our profile and hopefully increase the number of visitors who can enjoy a great night out.”

Wigan joins just two other areas receiving their first Purple Flag.

Posted on Thursday 29th September 2022

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