Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man purple flag volunteer call

Douglas town council is appealing for volunteers to scrutinise the quality of nightlife, as the capital of the Isle of Man prepares for purple flag status.

Work is under way to prepare Douglas for a Purple Flag assessment - similar to the Blue Flag scheme for beaches.

The scheme assesses an area's crime rate, hygiene standards and range of night-time attractions.

Mike Quayle from the council said the volunteers are needed for an overnight assessment on 16 August.

He added: "I would be grateful for people who would be willing to help us assist with this assessment as it is vital towards the accreditation process.

"You do not have to stay the whole night as there will be breaks between each time band in which debriefings will occur for change overs."

Anyone interested in the scheme is advised to contact Douglas Borough Council.

A number of UK cities have Purple Flag status, including Bournemouth, Manchester, Hull, Liverpool and Nottingham.

The Purple Flag scheme is run by the Association for Town Centre Management and is backed by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers.

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