Yates Bar in Bolton saw a hive of activity on Tuesday 30th January. Around 185 invited guests were there for two reasons, firstly to launch year 2 of the very successful scheme in Bolton and secondly to launch a brand new scheme BBN Westhoughton.
Local council leader Cllr Martin Donaghy, and Police commander Chief Supt. Stuart Ellison both gave speeches congratulating Bolton licensees on a very successful first year and emphasizing the importance of everyone (the Police, the Council and the Trade) working together for a safer Bolton. The scheme achieved a 33% reduction in violence incidents within a licensed premises in it’s first 9 months of existence.
Mick McDonnell (National Coordinator) also gave a speech and welcomed Westhoughton to the BBN family and thanked everyone involved in both schemes for their support and commitment.
Westhoughton becomes the third scheme to be launched in the Greater Manchester Police area.
A buffet was supplied, funded by the local council and entertainment in the form of a band and disco were provided to allow everyone to relax, network and enjoy the rest of the evening once the formal proceedings had finished.