Torquay along with many other towns and cities across the UK is preparing to embark on celebrations to mark national Purple Flag Week, a week of events to showcase the quality, diversity and vibrancy of our evening and night-time economy.

The action-packed Purple Flag Week, which runs from the 22nd through until the 30th September, is part of the Purple Flag accreditation scheme, a town and city centre award - similar to the Blue Flag for beaches. Events taking place throughout the country across the week will highlight the contribution the night-time economy makes to local communities and the UK as a whole, while also seeking to challenge the common negative, stereotypical perceptions about the safety and quality of our town and city centres during the evening.

Here in Torquay we will be celebrating with the Mayor raising our Purple Flag on Friday 21st September, at Torquay Harbourside with a small ceremony. On Saturday 22nd September we will be holding an all-day free family event. With live music acts, a family Punch and Judy show, a face painter creating Purple designs, market stalls and a very distinctive Purple colour theme and decorations. The fun starts from 11am and the event is being held on Vaughan Parade.

The Purple Flag programme is run by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM), Philip Kolvin QC, Chairman of the Purple Flag Board commented, “Purple Flag Week is a fantastic way to showcase the best that our towns and cities have to offer and the important role that the evening economy plays in our local communities. Thirty-one towns and cities across the country have already been awarded a Purple Flag accreditation and we hope that the events taking place up and down the land will encourage many other centres to get involved. With the support of Government, the police, local businesses and our sponsors Diageo Great Britain, Purple Flag is effectively challenging the negative perceptions of our urban areas at night time and is helping us all to celebrate the quality, diversity and vibrancy on offer in our towns and cities.”