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Looking down Canterbury High Street towards the Westgate Towers

Canterbury retains coveted Purple Flag status for its vibrant nightlife

Canterbury has once again received a Purple Flag for its vibrant night-time economy.

The award recognises the fact that the city offers a variety of entertainment while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and residents between 5pm and 5am.

Canterbury’s Business Improvement District (BID) team co-ordinated the effort to win the award, one of only 70 handed out in the UK this year.

BID chief executive Lisa Carlson said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Canterbury city centre and we’re immensely proud to have successfully driven the bid for Purple Flag status.

“It is testament to the efforts of so many individuals, organisations and businesses who work hard every day to ensure visitors to Canterbury can experience a safe, diverse, entertaining and enjoyable night out.

“The Purple Flag committee includes representatives from Canterbury Christ Church University, Christ Church Student Union, the University of Kent, Kent Union, Canterbury City Council, District Watch, Kent Police, The Marlowe Theatre, The Curzon, AKON security as well as owners and managers from various pubs, bars and clubs from across the city.

“The Purple Flag award is evidence of what can be achieved when we work together in the best interests of the city.

“The hard work definitely doesn’t stop here. We remain committed to ensuring Canterbury city centre continues to be a world-class destination where people come to visit, study, work and live.”

BID Board member Blake McCaskill and City Sound Project organiser Stuart O’Leary accepted the accolade on behalf of the city at a ceremony in Chester.

Purple Flag judges also praised the Street Marshall scheme run by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, the Street Pastor scheme, Canterbury City Council’s enforcement team, Kent Police and the Zero Tolerance Steering Committee.

Judges rated the city’s food and drink offer and the range and quality of pubs as “outstanding” and the partnership working between the range of agencies, charities and businesses as “excellent”.

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