From left to right: Street Pastors Luke Randall, Sarah Stokes, with presenter Raj the Director of Kingston Area Cabs, Sue Shaw, Katy Cooper and William Alberry

Recently Street Pastors Kingston received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Night Time Economy 2016 at a ceremony hosted by Best Bar None. This is a National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office, aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

The Award, which was totally unexpected, was presented at Pryzm night club to Deputy Co-ordinator Sue Shaw with fellow Street Pastors, Luke Randall, Katie Cooper, William Allberry and Sarah Stokes. There was lots of cheering and whooping and a great party atmosphere. The ceremony included awards for best pub, club, bar staff, atmosphere, and front of house people.

The scheme was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the Night time economy, reducing alcohol related crime and promoting partnership approaches to resolving problems. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK and is being taken up internationally.

Best Bar None has been running in Kingston for ten years, the same period of time as Street Pastors Kingston.