PUBS, bars and clubs which have gone the extra mile to ensure their customers’ safety have been honoured at this year’s Wigan Best Bar None Awards.
In a scheme backed by the Wigan Evening Post and run by Wigan Council in partnership with the local emergency services, no fewer than 18 town centre licensed premises were this week given accreditation for their security efforts during a glittering ceremony at the DW Stadium.
To qualify, participants are required to meet certain standards in operational management, particularly in relation to measures designed to reduce crime and disorder, prevent public nuisance, promote public safety, protect children from harm and raise awareness around alcohol consumption.
Accreditation is awarded only when judges are satisfied that a strict set of criteria are complied with.
These include, for instance, how premises control capacity or ensure door staff are licensed.
The ceremony also saw special prizes awarded to particularly high achievers.
Best club was The Hub, with Indiependence running it a close second; best bar was Revolution with Reflex coming second.
And the best pub category was won by the Moon Under Water, with Harry’s Bar taking second place.
The overall winner was the Moon Under Water and Revolution was the runner-up.
The Wigan Evening Post readers’ award went to The Last Orders pub.
Supt Andrea Jones was among those who addressed the audience who pointed out that previous years’ schemes have already been credited with a local fall in violent crime.