Northern Ireland

Belfast city centre wins top nightlife award

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Image caption Belfast city centre nightlife was praised by the judges for being safe and welcoming

Belfast has won a national award for the quality of its nightlife.

Judges from the Association of Town Centre Management said Belfast "showcased how a city effectively linked the daytime, evening, and night-time economies".

Work by Belfast City Centre Management was cited as a "best practice" example of how to make somewhere safe and welcoming.

City centre manager Andrew Irvine said the award sent out a vital message.

"It says the city is extremely accessible, it says it's well-managed, and most importantly, that we have a broad range to offer," he said.

"It's not just about drink - it's also about the cinemas, theatre, restaurants and other attractions.

"It also reassures people that Belfast is a safe place to be at night."

The award was for the 'Belfast Nite Zones' project, four designated areas in the city which have police emergency contact points, taxi ranks, CCTV cameras and safety lighting.

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