On Saturday 24th November 2019, Aberden Inspired lead on the Purple Flag assessment walk through with support from Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland, Unight, Street Pastors, night-time operators and other key stakeholders.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Aberdeen Inspired, Aberdeen City Council and the countless other partners understand that in order to continue to bring vibrancy and inward investment into our great city centre it fundamentally needs to be safe.

“We can take great pride that it is just that and one of the safest cities of its scale and size in the United Kingdom. The first Scottish city to hold the coveted Purple Flag, we are aiming for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year, respecting there is absolutely no room for complacency through this rigorous process.”

Nicola Johnston, Aberdeen Inspired evening and night-time economy manager, said: “Aberdeen Inspired is proud to lead the Purple Flag accreditation process with support from Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland, Unight, Street Pastors, night-time operators and other key stakeholders.

“Strong partnership working is a key part of the process and this was demonstrated to assessors at the weekend through a range of initiatives. Over the course of their visit assessors were given a tour of the city centre at night, taking in a range of venues such as bars, nightclubs, restaurants, coffeehouses and businesses who all play their part in making Aberdeen city centre a safe, vibrant and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

“In addition to the vital safety aspect, Aberdeen’s growth into a vibrant cultural destination was showcased through visits to the recently reopened Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Music Hall, alongside a Nuart walking tour to demonstrate regeneration through street art.

“All of these elements come together to show how culturally rich, welcoming and safe our city centre is. The night-time economy is evolving and through our Alive After Five campaign we are trying to bridge that transition between day and night. We never underestimate the challenge in reaching the rigorous Purple Flag standards and it is our hope that we will be successful in regaining the accreditation.”