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Family fun day at Barshaw goes down a storm

Barshaw Park was full to the brim on Saturday as thousands turned out to enjoy the annual Gala Day- which survived the anticipated windy weather.

One of the local community’s favourite events, there was something to keep adults and children alike entertained all afternoon as a range of stalls and activities were put on.

Kids were able to try their hand a kite-making at one of a number of workshops, which also included hula-hooping and a special preview Sma’ Shot Day workshop- where children can design and make a prop that they can bring along to be a part of the Sma’ Shot parade.

Photographs by Yvonne Goldie for www.paisley.org.uk

Combined with balloon modellers, magic shows, inflatables and face painting, there was no shortage of activities to keep them busy.

A live stage hosted by Erskine Music and Media entertained the crowds as they showcased the magnificent local music and dance groups Renfrewshire has to offer- including the captivating Rock Us Community Choir.

There was also the opportunity for locals to sign up for one of the many community groups Renfrewshire has to offer as well as charities fundraising towards their cause.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The annual Gala Day is a firm favourite in Paisley and it’s always fantastic to see thousands of the local community having such a great time.

“The Gala Day is just one of a number of exciting events taking place across Renfrewshire this summer and I hope to see everyone out enjoying what we have to offer.”

Upcoming events in Renfrewshire include the annual Sma’ Shot Day- which this year is part of the Weave Festival- as well as the Paisley Pipe Band Championships.

For more information on what’s going on visitwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events, www.Paisley2021.co.uk/events or contactevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Good sports raise hospice charity cash

SPORTS centre staff and customers have raised more than £6000 for two hospices in Renfrewshire.

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD, left and Carol-Anne Lamont from St Vincent’s Hospice, right, with fitness instructor, Lesley Cochrane and members of her Body Attack class who helped raise the charity cash.


The annual Renfrewshire Leisure Charity Fundraising Week saw £6320 split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

The money was raised through various sponsored events at pools and sports centres throughout Renfrewshire including a Swimathon, raffle, tombola, bakery sale and fundraising where fitness fans sponsored their instructor, Lesley Cochrane not to speak for an entire class session.

Representatives of the two local hospices visited the ON-X, in Linwood to be presented with their cheques.
Carol-Anne Lamont, from St Vincent’s said: “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to thank members and staff for their efforts in raising this superb amount of money towards hospice care in Renfrewshire.

“It costs almost £6,000 per day to run our hospice and community services –more than half of which comes from donations and fundraising.  Our services are available to all, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our local communities.”

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD added: “The staff and members of Renfrewshire Leisure have supported ACCORD for many years through their sponsored events programme and it’s absolutely wonderful that they continue to think of us and to raise so much money amount through a varied programme of activities.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent week of activities for all of their support which goes to ensure that our patients receive the care they deserve.”

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:
“I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who embraced the spirit of our fundraising and who put so much effort into raising the money.”

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Tartan Rose raise £1,200 for ACCORD Hospice

ACCORD Hospice have said thank you to staff and regulars at the Tartan Rose bar in Paisley after they raised £1,200 for the charity.

A party was organised by their resident karaoke presenter Helen McGrory and locals and staff raised money through raffles and selling football cards.

ACCORD Hospice said: “Huge thank you to all the staff and customers from the Tartan Rose Pub in Paisley; they have been fundraising for ACCORD this year with Helen McGrory the resident karaoke singer treating the customers to some fantastic tunes every Saturday night!

“Thanks for all your support!

“Tremendous from the pub that recently won Heart of the Community Award winner at the Best Bar None Awards!”

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Pride of Paisley auction is a roaring success

Lions were on the loose all across Renfrewshire on Friday night as the ‘Pride of Paisley’ public art project came to a close.

Autumn lion Photos courtesy of Ian McDonald photgraphy for paisley.org.uk

Autumn lion
Photos courtesy of Ian McDonald photography on behalf of  paisley.org.uk

The 25 colourful lions were auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.

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Paisley Love Buddie was the most sought after lion fetching a magnificent £6500.

The extremely popular public art trail was brought to the town centre by business regeneration group Paisley First as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Inspired by Paisley Museum’s famous ‘Buddy the Lion’, each lion featured a different aspect of Paisley’s unique culture and heritage.

The auction crowd prepare to make their bids

The auction crowd prepare to make their bids

They’ve been the ‘mane’ attraction in the town centre over the past ten weeks which has seen an estimated 20,000 visitors following the trail around the town.

Alongside the 25 full-size lions, 40 mini lions have been spread around the area with the aim of attracting visitors into shops, cafes and restaurants.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First Manager, said: ““The Pride of Paisley has been an enormous success for Paisley First and demonstrates what we can achieve through our business improvement district over the next four years.

“The project increased footfall and brought new visitors into the town who have went on to spend in local shops, restaurants and cafes.  We are currently working on next year’s summer projects which I am sure will be as good, if not better than this year.”

Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, said: “The Pride of Paisley lions brought a real buzz around the town centre and the project has been an unquestionable success.

“We are working hard to regenerate Paisley as part of our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and the project has highlighted the community spirit that Paisley possesses- which we need to harness if our bid is to be successful.”

Paisley First Business Improvement District is a business-led organisation which has been tasked with bringing forward events and activities to increase footfall and stimulate investment.

Paisley First are also a key partner in Paisley’s push towards the bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The art trail’s headlining sponsors were: West College Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, The Piazza, Paisley First, Paisley 2021 and PACE Theatre Company.

For more information on the project visit: www.prideofpaisley.co.uk

For more information on how you can get involved in backing the bid for UK City of Culture visit www.Paisley2021.co.uk.

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Renfrewshire showcases its unique heritage buildings as doors open for the weekend

Thousands of families and heritage lovers from across the West of Scotland visited Renfrewshire at the weekend for Doors Open Day.

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Popular heritage buildings – such as Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley Abbey and Sma’ Shot weavers’ cottages saw hundreds of visitors come through their doors.

Visitors took the opportunity to see inside Tannahill’s cottage – famous as the home of Paisley’s son Robert Tannahill – and watch as the only remaining fully operational bridge of its kind – the Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, designed by Sir William Arrol – lift up at Renfrew.

Paisley’s ambitions to be UK City of Culture 2021 featured in an exciting Yarn Storming inside Paisley Abbey as part of PaisleyMake – a design showcase supporting Paisley’s exceptional textile history and reconnecting the Paisley Pattern – the town’s global brand – back with the town.

History lovers popped into Johnstone to see the UK’s only museum in a supermarket – Johnstone History Museum sits inside Morrisons – and over to Paisley to visit Paisley Thread Mill Museum, which sits inside Mile End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and members of the public also took part in a charity zip slide to raise much needed funds for four Renfrewshire charities – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

More than 50 buildings and locations took part in Doors Open Day in Renfrewshire, which is part of an exciting calendar of events for the area that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The area’s rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, at the heart of local communities, is a key component of Paisley’s bid.

Provost Hall said: “Doors Open Day is always a fantastic event that many people enjoy and this year was no different. Renfrewshire has a wealth of heritage buildings and hidden gems and people love getting inside to see them.

“Paisley Abbey also featured three special workshops as part of PaisleyMake, with the public making corsages, origami and yarn storming the Paisley 2021 logo.

“Brave members of the public also joined me for a charity zip slide in East End Park, which will raise much-needed funds for my four chosen charities. I really enjoyed my first zip slide and it was great that it took place as part of Doors Open Day.

“Renfrewshire’s unique features also proved popular among visitors, with two new buildings – St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Erskine Community Allotments – also opening their doors at the weekend.

“We are fortunate to have examples of brilliant architecture and innovative venues across the area. Renfrewshire should be proud of its heritage and cultural offering, and Doors Open Day does a wonderful job of showcasing why the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is so strong.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Take the leap and help support St Vincent’s

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is hosting a charity zip slide this September and she wants you to take part with her.

 Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Fundraisers will fly across East End Park in Paisley, going from 100ft to the ground in seconds, in order to raise money for four Renfrewshire charities- one of which is St Vincent’s Hospice.

When Stewart MacKay was discharged from hospital having been deemed too frail for a heart transplant he was at an all time low.

 Day Hospice attendee Stewart MacKay

Day Hospice attendee Stewart MacKay

“I had a hospital bed in the living room and wasn’t allowed to use the stairs. They didn’t even want me to transfer from my wheelchair- my chances of survival were rated low.”

Stewart was given the opportunity to visit St Vincent’s day hospice which provides people with palliative care needs the opportunity to access the services of the hospice.

It gives patients the chance to meet with others, as well as members of the hospice team, for peer support and also gives respite to family and carers.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have done anything. I wasn’t even sure I was going to go—but I’m glad I gave it a try. Susan and Sharon are cheery and I look forward to coming here.

“It’s not the end of the world coming to the hospice.  It’s all about getting you to do things, rather than giving up.”

It costs around £6,000 per day to provide all of St Vincent’s services and all care is provided at no cost to the patient or their families.

The funds raised by the zip slide will play a vital role in allowing them to continue to provide local hospice care in Renfrewshire.

Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, said: “The zip slide is quite a challenge; you have to hold your nerve as you get lifted high into the air and then trust your life to the wire.  But it’s an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget.

“And by raising as much sponsorship as you can, it’s a golden opportunity to reach out to help other people in your own community, here in Renfrewshire.”

Provost Hall said: “St Vincent’s provide a vital service within Renfrewshire and I’m proud to support them through my charity fundraising scheme.

“By taking part in the zip slide you will not only experience the exhilaration of the jump but the money raised will help St Vincent’s- and the other three charities- continue to provide quality services for those in Renfrewshire- such as Stewart.

”I would urge you to please sign up and fundraise for what will be an exciting and memorable day.”

The zip slide takes place on Saturday 3 September and forms part of Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day celebrations.

All the money raised from the event will be donated equally between St Vincent’s Hospice, ACCORD Hospice, Renfrewshire Carers Centre and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH).

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 and  donna.gallagher-pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Massive Paisley public art project expected to be roaring success

A pride of colourful lions will be the ‘mane’ attraction in Paisley from this weekend as the town’s first-ever public arts trail gets ready to roar into life.

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PACE Theatre Group members Orla Morrow, Erin Lafferty and Rebecca Russell with some of the lions.

The 25 creatively-designed lion sculptures which make up the Pride of Paisley will showcase the town’s heritage and history by merging colour, art and creativity to draw visitors, shoppers and tourists.

Streets around the town will become a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to business regeneration group Paisley First’s bold and unique project, taking place as part of the push towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

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colourful painted life-size lion sculptures created as part of the biggest public art project in PaisleyÕs history. The Pride of Paisley Wild in Art Project is taking place as part of the townÕs bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and has seen 25 lions – inspired by popular Paisley Museum exhibit Buddy the Lion Ð created and individually painted by local artists and schools.

Paisley already boasts some incredible architecture, including Paisley Abbey and the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, as well as a respected live music scene, a burgeoning cafe culture and a history steeped in the rich tapestry of its thread mills and weaving.

Now the team at Paisley First, led by Andrew Mitchell, manager of Business Improvement District (BID), hope to see people flooding in from far and wide to take a look at the kings of the jungle – and the town itself – until September 25.

Public arts trails like this have been a roaring success, with Wild At Art events elsewhere in the UK bringing a boost in shopping centre footfall by around 25 per cent, a sales hike of almost 20 per cent and a 39 per cent increase in the number of visitors.

Andrew said: “Fantastic projects similar to ours have brought many benefits to places like Aberdeen, Hamilton and Norwich in the past.

“We know our incredible lions will be popular with people, bring them to Paisley and keep them coming back for more.

“These are exciting times for Paisley with the bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 and we are confident people will come to the town to see our lions and have their eyes opened to all of the wonderful things the town centre and surrounding area has to offer.”

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “The Pride of Paisley is already capturing hundreds of people’s imaginations, from the schoolchildren, businesses and artists already involved in the project.

“It’s a great chance for everybody to get round the town, discover their favourite lion, and really see the town as they’ve never seen it before.”

Community is at the heart of the lions project and the heritage trail will raise money for Accord Hospice in Paisley and St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.
At the end of the event, the Pride of Paisley lions will be auctioned and all profits will go to these facilities.

The trail is an exciting thing for all the family to experience and over the 12 weeks, people young and old can enjoy these kings of the jungle in all their glory as they take up home in the streets and open spaces of Paisley.

Forty eye-catching mini lion sculptures designed by school pupils across Renfrewshire will add to the trail’s sense of fun and community.

You will be able to see these taking pride of place in local businesses throughout summer, before they return to the schools after the summer break.

PACE Theatre Company, a registered charity working closely with young people, schools and national organisations, was set up in Paisley back in 1988.

Executive director David Wallace, who started PACE, is heavily involved in the Pride of Paisley as the Project Leader.

David said: “At PACE, we take great pride in helping to develop young people’s creative potential and this public art trail will help do just that – and more – for Paisley.

“I would encourage people living here to become tourists in their own town by getting out there to follow the trail. And I’d say to anyone who has never visited before to come along and discover everything the town has to offer.”

The big launch kicks off in County Square at 11am with a performance by PACE Theatre Company, followed by Lion Fish Stilt Walkers at 11.20am and Black Eagles Acrobats at noon.

From 12.30pm the RockUs Choir will perform for half an hour before the stilt walkers and acrobats bring things to a close around 3pm. There will also be face painting from 11am until 2pm and miniature lion painting from 11am to 2pm at The Piazza.

The art trail’s headlining sponsors are: West College Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, The Piazza, Paisley First, Paisley 2021 and PACE Theatre Company.

Find out more about our sponsors by visiting  www.prideofpaisley.co.uk

More information on Paisley’s bid for UK CIty of Culture 2021 is at  www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Sign up and help ACCORD continue to care for Renfrewshire

ACCORD Hospice has joined forces with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall to ask you to sign up to her charity zip slide this September.

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent's Hospice, Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Diane Goodman, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Hospice, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Karen Milne, RAMH, and Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

The Provost- and as many willing fundraisers as possible- will fly across East End Park in Paisley on Doors Open Day weekend to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

The money raised will go towards maintaining the extensive and vital service that ACCORD provides in Renfrewshire.

Kenneth Mathie, Accord Hospice Fundraising Manager, said: “Over 1000 members of our community receive care from ACCORD each year and every one of our patients has a unique story to tell.

Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with Ken Mathie, ACCORD Hospice

“We provide specialist palliative care to people in Renfrewshire who are living with a life limiting illness and all the money we fundraise goes towards helping our ACCORD nurses continue to make a difference in our patients lives.”

The charity are part of the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme which has so far raised over £25,000 through a series of challenges- including a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil- for ACCORD and also St Vincent’s Hospice, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Kenneth added: “Our total running costs are in the region of £3million each year and almost two thirds of this has to be raised from our community.

“The Provost’s goodwill towards the Hospice has helped greatly to raise funds to help ensure the on-going stability of our service- along with an enhanced public awareness of what we do within Renfrewshire.

“Please sign up to take part as it will make a big difference to the lives of our patients in Renfrewshire.”

The event coincides with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day which offers the general public the chance to step inside and explore Renfrewshire’s historic and beautiful buildings.

The zip slide will add to the buzz which surrounds the weekend each year and will provide an opportunity for those in the community to raise money for four local charities- while also utilising the day to take in Renfrewshire’s remarkable architecture.

Provost Hall said: “ACCORD provide our community with an important service at a very difficult time in the lives of the patients and their families.

“I am proud that they are one of my chosen charities during my term as Provost and I’m determined to raise as much as possible to help them continue to improve the lives of those who need it in Renfrewshire.

“I’m asking everyone to find the thrill seeker inside them, sign up and join me in taking the leap across East End Park on the 3rd of September this year.”

All the money raised will be split evenly between the two hospice’s ACCORD and St Vincent’s, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 or donna.gallagher-pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Fundraisers can join the event on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest information via: https://www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil/events

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Provost Hall takes a job at the Co-operative- all in the name of charity

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has shown her charitable side once again- working at a local funeral directors to raise money for her charity fundraising scheme.

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Provost Hall spent the day at Co-operative Funeralcare in Paisley- undertaking a number of daily duties to learn what it takes to be a part of their specialised team.

Beginning work at 8:30am, Provost Hall attended the staff briefing to find out what was in store for her and her colleagues for the day.

And they proved hard taskmasters, putting the Provost through her paces by helping to wash their extensive fleet of limousines and hearses- some of which can reach 19 feet long.

Provost Hall also attended a funeral on the day to see how the Co-op cares for families and ensures the occasion is handled with dignity and professionalism.

Other tasks included the furnishing of coffins, seeing how the funeral arrangers work closely with families to arrange a service and taking a full tour of the facilities.

Provost Hall said: “I was delighted to be asked to spend a day working with the Co-operative Funeralcare and I am grateful for their donation to my fundraising scheme.

“I learned the lengths they go to in order to ensure families receive a sensitive, professional and efficient service at such a difficult time.

“I am determined to raise as much as I possibly can during my time as Provost to ensure the maximum benefit to my four chosen charities- and I’m always on the lookout for new challenges.”

Gordon Powrie, Principal Funeral Director, said: “We, at Co-op Funeralcare Paisley, were delighted to welcome Provost Anne Hall to assist and take part in our daily general duties which are carried out by our Funeral Directors for the community.

“Paula Mitchell, Hub Manager, and the team in Paisley are fully committed to Provost Hall’s charity endeavours throughout the year and have sponsored Anne for this work experience day with the funds to go directly to a charity nominated by Anne herself.”

Provost Hall carries out a number of fundraising activities each year to raise funds for her chosen charities- and her latest challenge is a zip slide across Paisley’s East End Park.

She is seeking as many fellow thrill-seekers as possible to join her on Saturday 3 September to fly through the air and add to the £25,000 she has managed to raise so far.

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices- Accord and St Vincent’s- chosen by Provost Hall to feature in the special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

For more information visit  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost or call 0141 618 6794.

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Paisley Pirates appear at the Stanley Cup

Paisley Pirates may be found these days playing in the Scottish National League, as their recent success in the Scottish Cup illustrates, but they recently made an appearance during the Holy Grail of competitions to ice hockey fans, the Stanley Cup, in Tampa, thousands of miles from their regular base at the Braehead Arena.

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Coach Ian Turley explained, “Whilst in Florida, we were in contact with our friends at Tampa Bay Lightning who were about to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup.”

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Jackie Turley, secretary, Paisley Pirates, Mary Milne, Vive President, Guest Experience, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Susan Danielik, Platinum Services Manager, Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Their response was amazing as well as sorting tickets for us, they invited us to come for a tour of the arena, and they didn’t just arrange for us all to get a ride on the Zamboni, the ice resurfacing machine, in front of over 20,000 fans, they also put up images of our own players on their giant TV screens, and told the crowd all about the Paisley Pirates from Scotland, so they really went out of their way to give us a good time, and it was certainly a wonderful bit of promotion for the club and the area, appearing in front of an audience like that, something which we’ll certainly never forget. A lot of the guys can now say, quite legitimately, that they’ve appeared at the Stanley Cup, a claim which not every player in Scotland can make, while there’s now literally thousands of folk who follow the NHL now know something about the Paisley Pirates from Renfrewshire.”

He went on, “We took over a team jersey as a small gesture, and it was worn by the Vice President for Guest Experience, Mary Milne, during our visit, who told us that it would go up on their wall, so a bit of the Paisley Pirates will forever be seen at the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, not a bad bit of recognition for the club. We’re always trying to promote the town of Paisley and the wider locality of Renfrewshire wherever we go, and I think we can certainly say “mission accomplished” this time round!”

“The people at Tampa Bay said they have a group name for folk who support the club from afar, “Distant Thunder”, and the Paisley Pirates are now members of a very elite group of people. We might not quite play to the standard of the NHL, but in our own neck of the woods, we’ll certainly be looking to brew up a storm in the new season, courtesy of this boost from our new friends 6,000 miles away!”