Everyone knows Liverpool is the place to be for a memorable night out, but did you know the city is also quite literally flying the flag for keeping revellers safe?
For the eighth year running, Liverpool is the proud recipient of the Purple Flag award, which recognises places that provide leading entertainment whilst also prioritising the safety and well-being of its visitors and residents.
The programme, run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) in partnership with groups backed by the government, police and businesses, is a prestigious seal of approval.
Having first earned Purple Flag status in 2010, Liverpool has gone from strength to strength, demonstrating in every subsequent year that it has a safe and well-managed approach to the area’s famous nightlife.
ATCM sent a team of assessors on a night out in the city (lucky them!) to check out the local eateries, bars, shops, car parks, public transport, theatres and signage.
The feedback was glowing. If for some reason you were in two minds about where to spend your next night out, get a load of this:
The team determined that Liverpool’s arts and culture, restaurants, pubs, bars and late night venues are “outstanding“.
Independent retailers were described as “wide and diverse“, and “thriving“, and the public buildings were dubbed “imaginatively lit“. Taxi services and venue door staff were labelled “well regulated”, and car parks “reasonably priced, clean and secure“.
For Liverpool, this is another string to the bow. Maintaining such high standards for the best part of a decade is no small achievement.
While the award may not generate as many headlines in the press as Liverpool and Everton’s Premier League exploits, or the introduction of a trendy new nightclub, the importance of keeping hundreds of thousands of visitors safe every day cannot be understated.
It is perhaps fitting that the city has once again retained its Purple Flag status in a special year of celebrations, a decade on from taking the title of European Capital of Culture. Such is the pride that surrounds that accolade, an entire 12 months of celebratory events have been arranged for 2018.
Keep flying that flag, Liverpool. Here’s to another year of amazing nights out in safe surroundings.