THE high quality of Torquay's night life has been recognised for a third year with Purple Flag accreditation being awarded to the Devon town.
Taking place from Saturday September 21 to 29 , Purple Flag Week will see over 30 existing Purple Flag awarded locations hosting various activities to highlight the contribution the night-time economy makes to their communities and the UK as a whole.
The events will include: a national Big Purple Switch On to light up Purple Flag towns and cities in purple; parades, markets and even The Purple Flag Week Treasure Hunt, a digital treasure hunt using mobile phone NFC tags and QR codes for an evening treasure hunt.
Torquay's bars, clubs and restaurants will be putting on a range of offers for people heading into the town at night in celebration of receiving the award for the third year.
On Saturday the 21st from 6pm the fountain behind Vaughan Parade on Cary Green will also undergo a spectacular change to celebrate purple flag week, as the water flowing through will be turned purple to mark the start of the Purple Week celebrations.
This year Baroness Newlove will be the Purple Flag Week Champion for 2013. Baroness Newlove has campaigned tirelessly to reduce anti-social behaviour and to encourage active and safer communities.
Torquay had to pass certain criteria and prove it is welcoming to everyone, offering safe ways for visitors to travel home, providing a good mix of venues and entertainment which appeal after dark. Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved image among residents and visitors.
Torbay Town Centres Company manager and Purple Flag co-ordinator, Rachael Weaver, said: "The Purple Flag is an indicator of where to go for a vibrant, all-inclusive night out and I hope the positive publicity from the award will help with the somewhat negative perception of Torquay. It's fantastic to have gained such a positive award".