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Purple Flag fever hits Chippenham

Purple Flag fever hits Chippenham

Chippenham came alive over the weekend to celebrate being one of 70 towns and cities in the UK, which holds Purple Flag accreditation.

The scheme recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night – areas that achieve the standard will benefit from an improved nighttime environment and a reputation that offers ‘a better night out’ to visitors.

The weekend kicked off with a Business Breakfast which saw over 60 representatives from the Council, BID, Street Pastors, local authorities and businesses come together. Revd. Les Isaac OBE founder of Street Pastors delivered an inspirational keynote speech on the benefits of partnership working.

Councillor Peter Hutton said of the event “The Purple  Flag awarded to Chippenham continues to offer a wide range of opportunities to promote the offering of the Town and the safe and wellbeing of our night time economy. It will also help the Town Council and our partners come together to look at new ways of attracting our residents as well as visitors to enjoy Chippenham in the evening”

Purple fever truly took over in Chippenham and retailers, market traders and the public took part in painting the town purple with a selection of purple themed activities.

The official Mr Purple was on hand with Chippenham Street Pastors to ‘Pose the Town Purple’ which gave visitors a chance to win a night out in Chippenham for the best purple pose, courtesy of Chippenham Town Council.

Children and adults alike took advantage of the Purple Glitter Bar and even the Town Council’s Chief Executive, Mark Smith and Street Pastor Coordinator Michael Weeks donned their purple glitter beards to join in the fun, whilst Dancing Academy Chippenham performed a purple acrobatic dance.

Local restaurants and bars and various venues celebrated with purple themed decorations, hampers and drinks and Mr Purple tried his hand at pouring the perfect pint and all of this was featured in the official Purple Flag weekend video which you can view HERE.

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