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Barshaw Park Takes ‘The Risk’ To Celebrate 100th Birthday

X Factor finalists The Risk are to headline a big birthday bash for one of Paisley’s most popular parks.

The band, who appeared on the show in 2011, will be the star performers at Barshaw Park’s centenary celebrations on Saturday 16 June.

The band will be one of the star attractions on an afternoon of entertainment and attractions for Barshaw Centenery Gala and Garden Party.

As well as The Risk, there will be a whole host of live performances and a Clyde 1 Roadshow on the main stage throughout the event.

In addition there will also be entertainment from local Burgh Bands, wrestling show, a ceilidh, fairground rides, craft fair, community stalls and a designated Garden Party area with music in the park’s Walled Garden.

The huge range of fun activities on offer will include zorbing, orienteering, beat-the-goalie, face painting and pony rides among others.

There will also be displays from the army, fire service and police as well as nature displays including falconry, highland cattle and a dog show.

Members of Paisley’s Disability Resource Centre will be taking a look back at the history of the park with a historical display and information will be available to generate interest on the creation of a “Friends of the Park”

There will also be music, refreshments and a gardening advice service in the park’s Walled Garden.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Barshaw Gala Day is always a really popular event but this year as the park is celebrating its 100th anniversary we’re turning it into a big birthday extravaganza.

“There’s going to be loads going on throughout the afternoon all across the park with something for everyone of all ages from outdoor activities for young people, entertainment on the main stage for families and music and refreshments in the walled garden for those who prefer a more garden party atmosphere.

“It’s going to be a fantastic event and we hope to see lots of people out enjoying the celebrations.”
Barshaw Park was officially opened on 15 June 1912 by Paisley Burgh Council to create a space for the public to use for recreation. The land was bought from the Arthur family who were well known in Paisley and owned several firms in Glasgow.

Earlier this year, the council announced plans for a £150,000 makeover of the park including new outdoor gym and fitness equipment, improvements to the BMX track, new information boards and refurbishment of the boundary fencing.

Barshaw Centenary Gala Day and Garden Party is run by Renfrewshire Council.

It will run from 12- 4pm on Saturday 16 June.

This is one of the first of a series of events taking place in Paisley over the summer including Sma Shot Day, Paisley Pipe Band Competition, a Fire Engine Rally and Paisley 10K.

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