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Celebrate Mother’s Day at la Rambla

Why not treat your mum to a fabulous meal at La Rambla this Mothering Sunday.

 

Booking is advised.  Please call 0141 849 0444 or call into La Rambla at 9-11 Renfrew Road, Paisley.

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

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Following on from Paisley Pirates’ memorable League winning performance at Dundee last Saturday, beating the local Tigers 6-0 to clinch the SNL title for only the third time over a 24 year period, the club has continued to receive congratulatory messages not just from the local community, but from icons associated with the club since its inception in 1946.

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Secretary Jackie Turley explained, “We often receive queries about or from former players now staying abroad, particularly from Canada, usually looking for information about someone they played with, but this week, since we beat the Tigers, in amongst the hundreds of congratulatory messages we’ve received, two we’ve received via one of our volunteers have given us particular pleasure.”

“One was from Bill Brennan, who along with his brother Ally were absolute icons in Paisley when the sport, and the Pirates, were at their peak in the period just after the Second World War right through until the early 60’a. Bill sent us a message saying it was nice to see the Pirates still leading the field, which meant a lot, as Bill was without doubt a major player in the sport over a long period of time.”

“Similarly, in the last day or so, the same volunteer received a lovely message from Mike Bettens, Pirates’ captain for a number of seasons after the Pirates returned to the Lagoon in th 1992/93 season, saying how much the news of our League title had brought back so many memories of some great times playing for the club. Mike was the captain of the team in that year when they won the League title in their return to the sport after an absence of some 25 years, and is still remembered by an awful lot of ice hockey fans in this area.”

“We are always reminding people just how iconic a club this is, and we like to think that these messages, from two absolute giants of the sport in this area, illustrates that fact. Bill played for and coached the club more than 50 years ago but still follows them, while Mike Bettens was one of the team’s first major stars when the sport returned to Paisley nearly 25 years ago and clearly retains his love of the club. That’s something to be proud of, and we certainly are!”

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Helen and James prove you’re never too old for romance

LOVED-UP pensioners Helen and James McLaren have been married for 56 years – but they’ve shown you’re never too old for romance.

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Helen, 75, wrote a message to her 80-year-old hubby, James on a cardboard leaf and hung it on a branch of the intu Braehead Love Tree, as part of the shopping and leisure destination’s Valentine’s celebrations.

Scores of people hung messages on the Love Tree and Helen’s was chosen to win a £500 holiday voucher, from Barrhead Travel.

Helen’s message to James read: “You’ve been my Valentine for 57 years.”

According to the romantic couple, who live in Erskine, Renfrewshire, it was love at first sight when they both met at a house party and James plucked up the courage to ask Helen if she would go to the cinema with him the following week.

One date followed the other and just over a year later James and Helen were married in July, 1960. Now, the couple have four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Helen said: “I saw the Love Tree in the shopping mall and on the spur of the moment I thought I would write a wee message for James.
“We’re quite romantic and have never missed sending each other a Valentine’s card since we started going out all those years ago. We just seem to get on with each other.”

James said: “I just love Helen’s attitude to life and when I first met her at my pal’s party, I had asked her out before the end of the night.”

And he joked about the secret of a long and successful marriage: “I just do what I’m told and a lot of hoovering at home!”

Helen is planning to spend the Barrhead Travel holiday voucher on a trip to Rome.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “James and Helen are such deserving winners we hope their trip to Rome is a romantic as they are.
“Cupid was certainly on target with his bow and arrow on the night they met.”

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Paisley Pirates are the new SNL champions

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DUNDEE TIGERS   0             PAISLEY PIRATES   6

Paisley Pirates are the new SNL champions after overwhelming Dundee Tigers 6-0 in their final league game to win the title. While Aberdeen could equal Pirates’ points total if they were to win all of their remaining games, Pirates have a better head to head against the Lynx, and thus the title comes back to Paisley after a four-year break.

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In a very nervy opening period, neither team was able to create much in front of the net, Tigers finding Graeme Meechan and the rest of the defence equal to the task of keeping them out, while Pirates appeared to be fully aware of what was at stake and played at an unusual tempo, with passes going astray and the lines failing to show their usual fluency going forward, as a result of which several chances went a begging. Balfour in the home goal had a relatively straightforward opening period, and thus neither side were able to grab the vital opening counter after 20 minutes.

In the middle period, play continued along similar lines until the 26th minute when Tigers’ McLeod had to leave the ice after taking a puck to the face, and the stoppage while the ice was cleaned appeared to invigorate the visitors, as they were ahead within seconds, Hadyn Bain skating down the left wing and passing to Liam Riddell who wasted no time in firing home to give his team the vital opener. The release of tension in the visitors’ ranks was palpable and with half a minute the lead was doubled as Blair took a pass from Johnston and fairly rattled it into the roof of the net, much to the delight of the large travelling Pirates’ support. The free flowing movement which had been noticeably absent earlier in the game had by this time returned to Pirates’ play and while their momentum was temporarily slowed as Crute took a minor for Elbows at the halfway point, parity in numbers brought a third goal for them as Wilson fed Orr who put the puck beyond Balfour without hesitation. The visitors were rampant now and it was no surprise when, with just over a minute remaining in a fine session for the visitors, Orr returned the compliment by passing to Wilson who picked his spot to make it 4-0 at the second interval.

With the game now virtually out of sight Pirates were on the powerplay in 43 minutes and Wilson and Orr combined to give Jordan space to fire a bullet home and make it five. The visitors were in complete control and even when Blair took a triple minor in the 49th minute, giving the hosts a 6 minute powerplay, the latter were unable to take advantage, and, indeed, Pirates scored shorthanded in the 52nd minute as Connor Spiers rifled a shot home from the blue line for 6-0, his first goal for the club. When Hassan took a minor for tripping, Pirates played a full two minutes with 3 skaters against five, and while there were a few near misses they comfortably held out and, indeed, once back to full strength may have added to their total, but with the clock counting down, and the fans singing from the stands, it was time for the celebrations to begin.

Scorers: Wilson (1+3), Orr (1+2), Riddell, Blair, Jordan & Spiers (all 1+0), Bain, Johnston, Miller & Thorp (all 0+1)

Man of the Match: David Orr

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They’re going mall romantic at the Love Tree

ROMANTIC shoppers can take a leaf out of Cupid’s book and tell the world who their Valentine is by hanging a note on a specially-created Love Tree.

Ready for romance – Jack Gilmour and Ramona Giorgetti, as Cupid at the intu Braehead Love Tree. Photograph by Martin Shields www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields

They’re being encouraged to write a Valentine’s message to their loved one on a leaf made of card and then hang it on the branches of the Love Tree, at the intu Braehead shopping and leisure destination.

There will be a Love Tree in the shopping mall and another in Soar at intu Braehead and it could also be a unique way to make a marriage proposal to a loved one with a ‘Will you marry me?’ message written on a leaf.

People can write their messages and see them hung on the Love Tree between noon and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12, in the shopping centre’s upper mall between Thornton’s and Pandora and at the entrance to Soar at intu Braehead.

Everyone writing a Valentine message on a leaf also has the chance to win £500 to spend on a holiday of their choice from Barrhead Travel. There will also be free gifts, like meal vouchers and chocolates also being handed out.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We just love this time of year seeing shoppers in the malls carrying their heart-shaped balloons around and buying Valentine’s Day gifts.
“We thought we’d make this year’s Valentine’s Day that bit more special at intu Braehead by creating a Love Tree giving everyone the chance to say how much they love that special person in their life.
“And who knows, we might even get someone popping the question on one of the leaves on our Love Tree!”

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Paisley Pirates match report

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PAISLEY PIRATES   6          ABERDEEN LYNX   2 (agg 9-4)

Pirates progressed comfortably to the semifinal of the Scottish Cup after dispatching Aberdeen 6-2 on the night, and will play Kilmarnock over two legs for the right to proceed to the Cup Final.

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The home side opened brightly and were ahead after five minutes as Wilson took a pass from Orr to fire high into the net, and give his side the early boost they were looking for. Within two minutes their advantage had been doubled, as Riddell was put through by Campbell and he, too, wasted no time in blasting past Chalmers to put his team two ahead on the night, and three ahead on aggregate, with less than eight minutes on the clock. The balance of the flow of play continued to be towards Chalmers, and before the halfway point in the period Pirates were 3-0 ahead as Campbell this time took a pass from Wilson to go round the Lynx goalie and net in comfort. Aberdeen wasted little time in retaliating within a minute and pulled a goal back as Pirates gave the puck away in their own defensive zone and paid heavily for it as Laing fed Leyden who beat Meechan to put a better look on the scoreline. Pirates continued to look the more likely to add to their lead, and when Lynx broke forward they found the Pirates goalie in excellent form, leaving the score at 3-1 Pirates on the night, 6-3 ahead on aggregate, as the period ended.

Pirates came out flying in the second session and effectively killed the tie within three minutes as first Campbell, then Riddell, both completed their doubles to take the score to five. The home side did concede a second in the 25th minute through Hogan, but while they had to sustain periods of pressure from the visitors, especially when they were under penalty, they appeared to be doing so with some ease, and with chances going begging at the other end, it was something of a surprise that the period finished with no further scoring, leaving Pirates 5-2 in front on the night and a comfortable four goals ahead over the two legs.

In the final session, Pirates appeared happy to absorb pressure from the visitors, while continuing to look dangerous when they did break forward. Once again Meechan and the defence were equal to the task, although they did ride their luck a little as Lynx did hit the metalwork on two separate occasions. However, with the clock running down, Pirates still had time to record a 6th goal as Chris Wilson took a pass from Crute to score a wraparound goal and thus become the third Pirate on the night to net a double, finishing the scoring with a very comfortable 9-4 look to it over the two legs.

Coach Ian Turley will be very pleased with his team’s showing after a few wobbles at home in recent matches, and the side now makes the short journey to Kilmarnock on Saturday aiming to go for another two crucial league points.

 

Scorers:          Campbell & Wilson (both 2+1), Riddell (2+0), Thorp (0+2), Orr, Jordan & Crute (all 0+1)

Penalties:        Wilson (4), Ross, Turley & Riddell (all 2)

Man of the Match: Graeme Meechan

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PAISLEY PIRATES – PREVIEW

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Paisley Pirates face another difficult match this weekend when they go head to head with Aberdeen Lynx in the second leg of their Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Braehead this Sunday (face off 6.00pm). The Renfrewshire side go into the contest holding a slim 3-2 advantage gained in a penalty filled encounter last Saturday in Aberdeen.

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“It’ll be another testing fixture for us, we seem to be on a diet of them right now,” said coach Ian Turley, “but I suppose it’s much better than taking part in meaningless games with nothing at stake. The first leg was very entertaining, with goals, hard hits, and a few toe to toe encounters which led to several early showers, and I don’t think for a minute that the second leg will be any different. We’ve played the Lynx three times already this year, and the results have been two one goal wins and a draw, so you would suspect Sunday’s game will be along similar lines, with very little to choose between the teams over the three sessions of play..”

“Anybody thinking we’re halfway into the semis already, I’m telling them to forget it-we expect nothing less than 60 minutes of flat out action and once again we will need to play to the top of our form, as the Lynx are capable of beating anyone else in the SNL. They’re challenging at the top of the league and I’m sure they will try throw everything at us right from the off.”

He went on, “I said before last Sunday’s game that Dundee Comets had improved radically since we played them at their place at the start of the season and I think that was plain to see for everyone who was there. They had two ex Elite League players in John Dolan and Adam Walker playing for them and it showed, but again they had a lot of very good players in their ranks like Lewis Gold, and while you’re always disappointed not to win, especially at home, a draw was probably a fair result.”

“With the exception of one game, our players deserve a huge amount of credit for the work they’ve been putting in this season, and particularly since the turn of the year. They’ve been playing through injuries and illness, and the last week in particular has demonstrated that willingness to put themselves on the line for the club. They had a late night training session during the week, then a drive to and from Aberdeen for a very hard game, they got back in the early hours of Sunday morning, then went out and played again on Sunday night in another important game. It’s a tough schedule for anyone to contend with, and add into the bargain that the boys work full time and have family commitments which are things we tend to forget about when the guys are struggling with fatigue. I’m very proud of them because they’ve demonstrated to me their desire to play for this club and I think it’s important that they get the credit they deserve in this respect. Supporters don’t really see the hard work and preparation which goes into getting ready to play one game, never mind two, in a weekend and don’t realise just how much these guys sacrifice to play for the Pirates.”

“This week, however, we have a break from the rigours of league competition so the focus will be entirely on getting past the Lynx and gaining a place in the Scottish Cup semi final, Once again I can only exhort Pirates’ fans and, indeed, any neutrals to get along and watch what promises to be a cracker of a game. At £8, I think I can safely say they’ll get plenty of value for their admission price!”

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Half term cooking kids club at intu Braehead

Fun, free cooking workshops to take place at intu Braehead this half term

Creative cooking tops poll of parents and children who were asked what they most wanted to do during the school holidays

Mini Mary Berrys and pint-sized Paul Hollywoods can get their creative cooking juices flowing at free events taking place at intu Braehead and Soar at intu Braehead this half term.

Picture – Nick Ponty
five –year-old Lexie McKay, from Ralston, Paisley preparing for the half-term cooking event and also of Lexie with intu Braehead Yo!Sushi sous chef, Stephen Stace

The shopping centre is running the daily cookery events for children during half term after asking local families how they most wanted to fill their free time.

Cookery was chosen by intu Braehead Heads of Fun, Aidan Smith, aged eight and seven-year-old Lucie Roy. The theme was also selected by intu’s nationwide shopper view panel, made up of customers at its 14 centres up and down the country, who were polled on the activities they’d most like their children to take part in during the school holidays.

Different activities such as sushi rolling, cookie decorating and smoothies making will take place at intu Braehead and Soar every day from Friday 10 – Monday 13 February between 12pm and 4pm.

Christine Macdonald, Marketing Manager at intu Braehead, said: “More than 70 per cent of our guests have young families so we’ll be helping them make the most of half term with the opportunity for children to leave the centre having cooked up amazing treats or picked up a new skill they can try again at home.

“intu Braeheads’ talented Heads of Fun helped us to come up with  the theme  that we hope will put a smile on the face of every little chef in our centre this half term. It’s just one example of the compelling events we run in our centre all year round made possible thanks to invaluable insight from our customers.”

Activities are free for all the family and are open to all ages.

Visit www.intu.co.uk/braehead to find details of what’s on and opening hours.

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Paisley Pirate’s match reports

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Boost for charity providing school uniforms to disadvantaged kids

A NEW charity launched in Paisley to provide school uniforms for disadvantaged children has been given a boost by intu Braehead.

Lynne Gilday, left and Lydia Brown, intu Braehead community development manager with school uniforms.

The shopping and leisure destination’s Community Fund has donated a £500 intu Gift Card to the Back to School Bank Paisley fundraising effort.

The charity set up by primary teacher, Lynne Gilday aims to buy and distribute school uniforms, PE kit, shoes, coats, hats and scarves along with pens, pencils, calculators and other stationery to youngsters whose families may be struggling financially.

Back to School Bank Paisley is run by a group of 12 volunteers and requests for help are made to the charity by schools, social workers, GP surgeries and organisations like the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

A teacher at Lochfield Primary, in Paisley, Lynne said: “When I began to see that some families needed help to provide a good school uniform for their kids, I was shocked there was nothing in the whole of Renfrewshire for them.
“So, after talking with colleagues, I decided to set up the charity to help the thousands of children locally who are living in poverty.
“We’ve seen children coming to school either not wearing a uniform, or wearing clothes that are hand-me-downs that are either too small or too big.
“This impacts on their confidence and self-esteem, which in turn, affects their ability to learn.
“Kids having a school uniform is something you tend to just take for granted, but it can be really expensive and lots of families are under severe financial pressure.”

Lynne added: “We send out the uniforms in plain bags, so the youngsters won’t know where the clothes have come from and they can wear their uniform with the same sense of pride as other kids in their school.”

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The Back to School Bank is a very worthy cause and will be a great help to less well-off families.
“There are plenty stores at intu Braehead where the charity can use the Gift Card to buy school clothes and other items and we know our donation will be put to very good use.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the Back to School Bank should email backtoschoolbankpaisley@gmail.com