DROYLSDEN Pub Watch was named scheme of the year at a national awards ceremony in London.The award by alcohol distribution giant, Diageo, was in recognition of the group’s efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff in the town.
Despite threats of violence Droylsden’s pubs and their owners have remained dedicated to providing a safe and friendly environment.
They have implemented a ‘call around’ policy which involves pubs calling each other to alert them to any anti-social behaviour, among an array of ideas, all designed to drive the criminals out of town.
Chairman of Droylsden pubwatch and landlord of the Lazy Toad pub, Alan Graham said: “With the Council’s support from day one, in less than two years our Pubwatch has become a united force against crime in Droylsden. We have successfully worked together to establish a policy of barring these criminals from every pub in the town, creating a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for residents and landlords. We now have 100% membership in Droylsden. Our aim is to have the whole of Tameside working as one large Pubwatch scheme; all 851 licenced premises.”
Droylsden councillor Cllr Kieran Quinn, who has supported the scheme from its inception said: “This award come as no surprise to me considering all the hard work Alan and the rest of the Pubwatch scheme here in Droylsden have put into making it a success.
“It just goes to show what can be achieved when the Council and community work together for the town’s benefit.!