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Paisley lights the fuse on fireworks spectacular

The Paisley skyline will be awash with colour this Saturday as the annual fireworks display returns with a bang.

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Thousands will descend on the town centre for a full day of family activities as the winter events programme in Renfrewshire continues.

The excitement kicks-off at 2pm when the Capital FM DJs take to the main stage on Gauze Street to introduce an afternoon of music and live entertainment.

A variety of local bands and artists will showcase their talents including Matthew Gibb, Lisa Kowalski, The Turkey Nuts and The Vanities.

The Paisley and Piazza shopping centres will also play host to free children’s activities throughout the afternoon.

The fireworks will be launched at 7pm from the top of Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters on Cotton Street, with the best views for the public set to be in Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

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Residents should be aware there will be a series of road closures implemented from early on Saturday morning onwards in the area around Gauze Street, Cotton Street and High Street, with parts of Seedhill Road and Causeyside Street to be closed from mid-afternoon on Saturday until after the event.

Mill Street will also be closed temporarily between 6.45pm and 8pm to ensure the safety of the public but with minimal disruption to traffic.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Every year the fireworks display attracts tens of thousands of people into Paisley as we light up the historic skyline.

“There is always a vibrant atmosphere around the town and I would encourage everyone, from families to visitors, to join in the experience of a major event in the town centre.

“Our winter events programme is just one part of the push towards our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and demonstrates Paisley’s capability to hold large scale events- a key requirement for the winning bidder.”

The fireworks display follows last weekend’s two day ‘spooktacular’ held in Paisley town centre to celebrate Halloween and precedes the switching on of the Christmas lights in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

The Paisley switch on will be headlined this year on Saturday 12 November by triple-platinum selling artists Scouting for Girls, known for their top 10 singles ‘She’s So Lovely’ and ‘It’s Not About You’.

They will be supported by up-and-coming local bands on the main stage.

Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is sponsored by intu Braehead and the Paisley Shopping Centre.

Full details of this, and future, events are available online at ww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

For more information on Paisley’s bid and how you can get behind it, visit www.Paisley2021.co.uk.