Lincoln wins 'purple flag' award for nightlife experience

Brayford Wharf North in Lincoln
Image caption Many bars and cafes have opened around Lincoln's university, which has more than 8,000 students

Lincoln has been given "purple flag" status, recognising it as a safe and welcoming city to visit during the evening.

The award, similar to the "blue flag" given to beaches, is handed to cities and towns seen to be managing their nightlife in an effective way.

Ipswich, Sheffield, Aberystwyth and Southend have also been honoured.

The Home Office-backed awards are organised by Association of Town Centre Management.

Lincoln was judged on its mix of venues, public transport availability, crime levels and safety.

It submitted its bid for the award last October.

Jon Latham, from the City of Lincoln Council, said: "We're extremely pleased as we've worked collectively for many years to make Lincoln a fantastic place to visit, day or night.

"This is proof that our joint efforts have combined to create a safe and welcoming city centre."

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