Bosses behind Preston’s nightlife are celebrating after the city was ‘flagged up’ as a top night out.
Preston city centre has retained its Purple Flag Accreditation in recognition of its night time offering, including bars, restaurants and live entertainment.
The city’s Business Improvement District (BID) led the application to retain the city’s status.
Stan Eaton landlord of the Old Black Bull in Friargate, said it was an award well deserved.
He said: “On Friargate the good thing is you have got a good selection of nice little pubs which you can walk along and they are easy to get to.
“Go down Friargate on a Friday or Saturday night and it is great, there is a good atmosphere and you feel safe in the pubs.
“They have all also good a really good selection of real ale.”
Stan claimed Preston has more to offer than many people realised.
He said: “We need more things like this, we should be shouting about Preston more.
“There are things happening in Preston which are great, like the Lancashire Markets, which brings loads of people in.”
Jessica Toomey of the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club and chairman of the Purple Flag Marketing Group, said: “I never doubted that Preston would get this accreditation again, Preston’s nightlife is brilliant.
“It’s vibrant, varied, safer than it’s ever been and the last year has seen massive investment in Preston’s night time businesses.
“The Purple Flag Group is planning a week of parties later in the year to celebrate what we’re all about and to introduce Preston’s nightlife to an even wider range of people.”
To gain a Purple Flag, a town or city must show evidence of a high quality offering for customers while demonstrating a responsibility towards the well-being of patrons.
Successful applicants must also show the place is easy to access, well maintained and dynamic, with a ‘defined strategy’ for the night time economy.