Derry’s growing reputation as a “clean, safe and vibrant” place will help sustain local jobs in the city.
This is the view of Jim Roddy, Derry’s City Centre Manager, who has confirmed that the city’s ‘Purple Flag’ status has been renewed for the third year in succession.
Purple Flag is a prestigious town and city centre award - similar to the Blue Flag for beaches - given to places who promote a safe city centre environment and show evening visitors an entertaining, diverse and safe night out.
Entertainment areas that achieve the standard are those offering a better night out to visitors.
Purple Flag Week was launched in the city at the weekend when hundreds of purple balloons were distributed by volunteers.
The Derry City Council building will also turn purple as will the flags along the riverfront and at Ebrington.
A Purple Flag Week Treasure Hunt, which will take place throughout the week, is a competition using your mobile phone to follow mystery clues around the city centre to win prizes.
A Purple Flag self-defence workshop will take place today to educate and inform those responsible for safety services in the city centre at night.
Community Safety Wardens, door staff, paramedics etc., are invited to take part and further information can be obtained by contacting Lorraine McCarthy on Tel: 028 71360169 or at email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Roddy, City Centre Manager, says: “Being granted Purple Flag status is a reflection of the sterling work that all the stakeholders in the city centre are doing at this time.
“Ensuring that our city centre is being acknowledged as a clean, safe and vibrant place to be will enhance business opportunities for both the day time and evening time economy and, therefore, sustain local jobs in local businesses.”