Lincoln has officially received its Purple Flag status for city centre nightlife during a ceremony at Bristol University, last night.
Representatives from the City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln Business Improvement Group collected the award that recognises Lincoln alongside 30 other UK towns and cities for having an enjoyable and safe nighttime economy.
Backed by central government, police and business, Purple Flag towns and cities are required to provide a diverse mix of leisure and entertainment facilities, restaurants and bars that accommodate people of all ages.
They must also be welcoming to visitors and offer a safe way for people to travel home at the end of the night.
Councillor Fay Smith, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and Public Protection at the City of Lincoln Council, said: "A good amount of work has gone into achieving this accolade, with schemes including the Street Pastors, who assist people when they are on nights out, the Evening Safety Wardens, who help to deter anti-social behaviour, and the Codes of Practice, which means every business sticks to certain rules and strives to be the best.
Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors and lower crime and anti-social behaviour.
Lincoln BIG are planning to incorporate the award within branding for the city as the Purple Flag Advisory Committee suggested the actual flag presented does not fly very well.
The 24-hour CCTV coverage provided by the City Council, high intensity street cleansing in the city centre and a strong relationship between licensing officers at the council, the police and licensed businesses, all combine to make Lincoln a safe and welcoming place to visit.
Philip Kolvin QC, Chairman of the Purple Flag Board said: “Rewarding the success of further towns and cities attaining Purple Flag status is an occasion to celebrate.
"The initiative is actively making a difference to towns and cities up and down the UK, which is hugely important for the communities who live there and for their visitors."