Enniskillen Celebrates Purple Flag Award
Last week in Bournemouth, Enniskillen was honoured to be one of only four recipients from Northern Ireland and nine in the whole of the UK who were awarded a Purple Flag. This is the new “Gold Standard” that recognises towns and cities that provide great entertainment, hospitality and a safe night out.
Purple Flag has been developed by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) and is backed by Government, Police and Businesses and supported by Diageo GB. It has become established as a quality standard that recognises excellence in entertainment and hospitality areas at night. Purple Flag has been designed as an objective assessment of five key elements of a town’s night time offer, between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am. It also aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town/city centres during the evening and night.
To achieve the standard, the local Purple Flag Working Group, led by Fermanagh District Council, through a rigorous assessment, had to prove that the town offers a positive experience to night time visitors and users. Just as Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach and Green Flag a good park, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good night out. The Award is great news for Enniskillen, as well as Bangor, Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and the Walled City of Derry/Londonderry, the three other successful town and city centres.
Fermanagh District Council took the lead locally and the Enniskillen Purple Flag Working Group included Council Officers and representatives of Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, PSNI, Dept of Social Development and Fermanagh Retail Licensed Trade. Welcoming the news of Enniskillen’s success, the Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, who also Chairs the Destination Fermanagh Tourism Partnership said:
“We are delighted that Enniskillen, our County town, has been recognised as a quality evening destination and has been awarded a Purple Flag. Our evening and night time economy is an important aspect of our tourism product. The Award of the Purple Flag will encourage everyone involved to continue to develop and improve Enniskillen’s visitor experience”
For further information contact:
Mr Eddie McGovern Fermanagh District Council + 44 (0)28 6632 5050