Newry City Adds Splash Of Colour To Celebrate Purple Flag Status

Newry City is celebrating retaining the international Purple Flag Status along with 58 other locations throughout Ireland and Britain in recognizing excellence in the evening and night time economy.

Purple Flag is an accreditation process for town and cities that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in the evening and night-time economy. The project was led by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) supported by a steering group which was represented by Newry City Centre Management, Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Police Service Northern Ireland, Night Time Economy providers, business community and interested parties.

[caption id="attachment_59237" align="aligncenter" width="540"]PCSP Chairman Mickey Larkin, Cllr Naimi Bailie, Chair of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, with Area Commander Simon Small launch the Purple Flag initiative takling place in Newry. PCSP Chairman Mickey Larkin, Cllr Naimi Bailie, Chair of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, with Area Commander Simon Walls celebrate retaining the Purple Flag status for Newry.[/caption]

To mark the occasion, the Council are aiming to turn Newry purple during the month of October. We hope that all of the Night Time providers will join in on the fun and help make an impressive splash of colour.

To truly showcase our evening / night time economy the month of October is jammed packed with major events happening across the City to showcase the diverse arrange for events attracting visitors from across the greater Newry area:

OKTOBERFEST NEWRY – Thursday 22-Sunday 25 October 2015 MCCLELLAND PARK, CREAMERY PARK, NEWRY Newry Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things German, especially the beer! Live music each night, traditional omhpah bands, Bavarian dancers, German food, fun and frolics For more information visit: Facebook/Newry Oktober Fest

SCARY NEWRY HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL – Friday 16 October-Sunday 1 November 2015 Award winning Best Tourism provider Scary Tours Newry will be hosting Children’s Ghost Walks / Psychic Ghost Walks / Spooky Cinema Night / Ghost Hunts.

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NEWRY CITY HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS Spook-tacular free fun for all the family! Open air concert, fancy dress competition, Ghosts, Ghouls and Witches on street performers, Pumpkin Carving, Halloween Photo Booth, Face Painting and Electrifying Fireworks Extravaganza.

Speaking about Newry’s success Chairperson Naomi Baille said: “It represents a huge achievement for the Night time Economy to receive this mid-term re-accreditation. It makes an important statement about the offering available in our City and demonstrates the partnership ethos to ensure that people visiting our City Centre day / night have a great time, as well as a safe and welcoming experience.

“Purple Flag is a marketing brand to drive economic growth, create investment and improve standards. This was clearly evident at the recently attended Newry Greater Area Business Awards, were local businesses achieved recognition for exceptionally high stands and ambition which is synonymous with this region.”

Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership is working to help make communities safer and to ensure the voices of local people are heard on policing and community safety issues , the PCSP aims to empower communities to work in partnership to develop solutions that will help tackle crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The PCSP is made up of 10 Councillors and 9 Independent members as well as representatives from the PSNI, NIFRS, Housing Executive, Youth Justice Agency , PBNI, SELB and Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The current Chair is Cllr Mickey Larkin.

The Purple Flag scheme is managed by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) working alongside the Purple Flag Advisory committee, a partnership of key stakeholders backed by government, police and businesses. The current Chief Executive is Shanazz Carrol.