After dark in Southend, you're sure to have a dazzling night out now that we've been awarded a Purple Flag.

Purple Flag is a national accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night. It is the 'gold standard' for night time destinations and entertainment areas that achieve the standard will be those that offer a better night out to visitors. Purple Flag aims to raise standards and improve the quality of our towns and cities at night.

Only 31 town and city centres have been awarded Purple Flags since the scheme was launched by the ATCM in October 2009 and we're pleased to announce that Southend has now been accredited. So now we have award winning beaches, Green Flags for our parks and now a Purple Flag for our Night Time Economy.

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