City targets top nightspot status

By Tim Clarke 27/03 Updated: 27/03 17:18

WORCESTER is bidding to join an elite band of 25 towns and cities recognised as having the safest and most enjoyable nightlife in the country.

The city is hoping to secure Purple Flag status which is a nationally accredited scheme similar to the Blue Flags awarded to the UK's top beaches or Green Flags for leading parks.

Not for profit trade organisation Worcester BID is forging ahead with other partner organisations to achieve the status which has already been awarded to the likes of Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol.

A working group led by Worcester BID and including organisations such as Worcester City Council, West Mercia Police as well as local licensees will be putting together the city's application.

They will then prepare for an independent inspection before hopefully securing the coveted status within the next year.

Nicki Williams, chairman of Worcester BID, said: "Worcester city centre is becoming an even safer place to socialise with the introduction and development of various initiatives such as the BID Taxi Marshals, Nightsafe, and Street Pastors."

"We are utilising all our collective powers to create a safe environment in which the public can work, live and play. The application for the Purple Flag shows we are committed to putting the city on the map as a fantastic place to visit and supporting businesses and the local economy by encouraging more people to socialise in Worcester."

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