Thousands vote in city night life awards

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More than 7,000 people have voted for nominees in the first ever awards celebrating Preston’s night life.

The finalists for the inaugural Alive After Five Hospitality Awards have been nominated with 36 entries going for 12 prizes in the celebration organised by the Preston Business Improvement District (BID).

There were 7,032 votes cast in an online public vote to pick the nominees and winners of each category which will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony.

The finalists include Preston Police’s licensing officer, John Lovick, who is nominated in the Outstanding Achievement category, Dan Nightingale, of comedy club the Frog and Bucket, for Entertainer of the Year, Yates’ doorman Rob Wareing for Security Operative of the Year and Stratos for Restaurant of the Year.

Mark Whittle, of BID said the awards were part of a push to drive up standards across the city’s night-time economy following its success in achieving and retaining Purple Flag accreditation.

He said: “The success of Preston’s Purple Flag status has been about working together and now we want to celebrate what we have achieved.

“Preston is still the only place in Lancashire to hold this coveted
title, which sees us in the same club as cities such as Manchester, Oxford and Birmingham”.

“The the winners have been selected by a public vote mean the awards take on extra significance.

“All businesses thrive on a bit of competition and I am sure these awards will bring out the best in our night time economy.

“There is a real excitement amongst the venues.”