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Celebrations for Purple Flag week
SALISBURY celebrated the first anniversary of being awarded Purple Flag status with lots of events throughout the week.
A vintage, antique and bric-a-brac market was held in the Guildhall Square on Friday, with live music from Sandy Ince of Sticky Toffee Jazz throughout the day.
Mayor Penny Brown said: “Well done to Claire Burden and her team. The vintage fair was great. We had stall holders from as far away as Poole and Christchurch. We’re planning a bigger event for next year and we’ve already had four bookings.”
There was a Purple Flag Treasure Hunt, won by Marcus, Maria and Rosie Olsen of Hilltop Way, and a special reception on Saturday.
Purple Flag is the “gold standard” for town centres at night, it aims to raise standards and improve the quality of our towns and cities between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am.
It is an accreditation scheme based on a set of standards. Towns and cities that meet the standards can fly the flag. Since the launch in October 2009 twenty five centres have been awarded Purple Flags.
Salisbury was awarded its Purple Flag on 29 September 2012. The initiative is a nationwide scheme with a local working partnership of the following organisations: Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Police, Salisbury City Centre Management, Pub Watch, Visit Wiltshire, private businesses including shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs, Street Pastors, local media, sport and entertainment providers.
Maggie Rae, corporate director of Wiltshire Council and chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “Gaining Purple Flag status last year was a tremendous achievement. “We are committed to maintaining our partnership work on this issue to ensure that Salisbury continues to thrive and be a place where people want to visit and socialise. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Salisbury’s success so far.”
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