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Flying the Purple Flag for Basingstoke
TO celebrate the launch of Purple Flag Week, Basingstoke will be taking part in a national Big Purple Switch On event tonight starting at 7.30 pm.
Purple projections will be lighting up the Haymarket and Festival Square.
And to coincide with the switch on, Festival Place will be launching the new night time Pie and Mash menu at the Festival Street Kitchen and holding a performance by the Basingstoke Community Buskers. Basingstoke will also be holding a Purple Flag Week Treasure Hunt throughout the week.
The Purple Flag Treasure Hunt is a competition where those taking part can use their mobile phones to follow mystery clues around the town centre to win prizes from Costa Coffee, Sky TV and local businesses.
Purple Flag Week is an annual celebration that offers town and city centres around the country opportunities to showcase the quality, diversity and vibrancy of evening and night-time experiences.
Highlights of the week include free music events, and a wide range of other entertainment events at The Anvil, and the Haymarket.
Free events include the Johnny Marvels Blues Groove, appearing outside United Reform Church on Friday September 27, starting at 8pm, and Festival Factor winners Common Ground in Festival Square on Saturday September 28, at 7pm.
A full programme is available at Basingstoke.gov.uk/go/purpleflag The Big Purple Switch On will see up to 20 towns and cities coordinate the switching on of hundreds of Purple Lights across Britain, to mark the start of Purple Flag Week.
Deputy leader at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Councillor Ranil Jayawardena, said: “This week is a great opportunity to showcase our town centre as a destination for a variety of entertainment and leisure, where local people and visitors alike can enjoy the night life, with great transport links and a sense of safety."
The Purple Flag initiative, similar to the Blue Flag for beaches and the Green Flag for Parks, aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the evenings and at night.
Basingstoke’s successful bid for Purple Flag status was put together jointly by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Festival Place, Anvil Arts, Destination Basingstoke, Basingstoke Street Pastors, Basingstoke Town Centre Pubwatch and Hampshire Constabulary.
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