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Be the star of your own Christmas TV advert

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SHOPPERS at intu Braehead are being given the chance to appear in their own Christmas TV advert.

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Panto stars Elaine MacKenzie Ellis and Gary Lamont record their video message for the intu Braehead giant screen

They’re being encouraged to make a short video clip of themselves sending season’s greetings to family and friends, which will be shown on the mall’s giant TV screen every day in the run-up to Christmas.

And yesterday, River City star Gary Lamont, who plays Dandini and Rab C Nesbitt actress, Elaine MacKenzie Ellis, who’s the Fairy Godmother in this year’s Cinderella panto in Glasgow’s King’s Theatre got in on the act by filming their own Christmas message for intu Braehead’s big screen.

The centre’s technical wizards will combine all the best film clips submitted into a video Christmas card ready for the big launch night on Monday December 19, when the centre starts its midnight opening.

That’s when a VIP screening of the videos for those who sent in a film clip will be held on the mall’s top-level balcony with hot chocolate and Christmas treats for everyone.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve all seen the fantastic Christmas TV adverts that have almost become a tradition at this time of year.

“Now, here’s a chance for our shoppers to star in their very own Christmas advert, sending a special Yuletide message to their loved ones on our giant screen.
“It’s a unique way of wishing everyone you know a Merry Christmas.
“And when you’re making your video message, Christmas jumpers and festive decorations in the background would be fab!”

All you have to do is capture a ten-second video on camera, tablet or smartphone and email the clip to braehead.information@intu.co.uk by Monday December 5.

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead <http://www.intu.co.uk/braehead>  for more information as well as tips on how to make your own Christmas message video.

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Eskimos spotted searching for a giant igloo

intu Braehead security supervisor, Gareth Gillies and nine-year-old Lauren Smith, from Renfrew – looking for a giant igloo outside Soar

ESKIMOS have been on the lookout for a giant igloo from the kids’ Christmas experience in Soar at intu Braehead.

ntu Braehead security supervisor, Gareth Gillies and nine-year-old Lauren Smith, from Renfrew – looking for a giant igloo outside Soar

intu Braehead security supervisor, Gareth Gillies and nine-year-old Lauren Smith, from Renfrew – looking for a giant igloo outside Soar

They looked as if they’d travelled all the way from the Arctic, so they could be the first to go on the journey through the Enchanted Winter Forest.

But the Eskimos will have to wait until Thursday, December 1 for the amazing free attraction to open at the popular leisure destination.

The trip through the Enchanted Winter Forest features an animatronic display, a sleigh for photo opportunities, the chance to take a photograph of yourself as a Christmas Braelien and the giant igloo with children’s movies being shown inside.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Snow way, I thought Eskimos would turn up at Soar for the free Enchanted Winter Forest attraction!

“But I’m not surprised they wanted to be first in the queue as it’s a wonderful experience for kids and they won’t have seen anything like this before at intu Braehead.
“They certainly won’t forget their journey through the free Enchanted Winter Forest in a hurry.”

The Enchanted Winter Forest is just one of a host of Christmas attractions that will make great family entertainment at Soar. There’s a free screening of Ice Age: Collison Course at the ODEON cinema, on Saturday, December 3.
And in the run-up to Christmas there are visits to Soar by some of your children’s favourite characters.

Sid, the loveable sloth from Ice Age, will be making a personal appearance at the Enchanted Winter Forest, on December 3. The following Saturday, December 10, Postman Pat and his black and white cat, Jess will be at Soar to meet youngsters.

Then, there’s the pawsome news that Marshall from PAW Patrol will be at Soar on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 and on Thursday, December 29 and Friday, December 30 The Gruffalo also pays a visit.
All character appearances are at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

And don’t forget every Saturday, between noon and 4pm. the intu Braehead Festive Kids’ Club offers hours of free festive fun at Soar with face painting and Christmas craft activities.

Log on to www.soar.intu.co.uk for more information and how to book any of these free events.

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Paisley Pirates have given their backing to a festive drive by local organisations to help families in the area experience some Christmas cheer next month, by asking fans to donate items and bring them to the club’s next home game against Dundee Tigers on Sunday 11 December.

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“Our Supporters Club has already been in touch with representatives from the Trussell Trust and Renfrewshire Foodbank to discuss what we can do,” said chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “They’ll be at our game on 11 December and we’re asking our fans to show their traditional generosity by bringing along food items, selection boxes, indeed any item which might make this Christmas a little easier for local families. I’m sure our fans will respond in numbers to the initiative and I’m hoping that the representatives from the two agencies will need a lot of boxes to carry away the donations from supporters.”

Coach Ian Turley also commented, “We always stress that we are a community club wanting to give something back for all the support we receive, and this is an ideal opportunity for us to show that desire in a very practical way, by hopefully bringing a smile to some faces, for whom Christmas might otherwise be a very difficult time. Like Marie, I’m in no doubt that our fans will respond in quantity and it’s a hugely worthwhile project to be involved in. I can only recommend it wholeheartedly to all our supporters and, indeed, to everyone in the wider community. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a difference and I really hope we can do that, and, by doing so, reinforce the message about the festive period being a time for giving.”

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Paisley Pirates Christmas Offer

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Paisley Pirates are entering into the Christmas spirit by offering local community groups the chance to come and watch their local ice hockey team for special festive admission prices.

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“We’ve got two very tough games coming up on the two Sundays just before Christmas, as we take on the Dundee Tigers on 11 December, and we’re at home again the following weekend, which is the last match before the temporary halt to fixtures over Christmas and New Year,” said coach Ian Turley. “We’ll be starting both matches at 6.00pm and we think it’s a great opportunity for local organisations to give their members a special Christmas treat without breaking the bank. For group bookings, the cost will work out at considerably less than our normal admission prices, which means massive savings for groups coming along. We think, in these difficult economic times, these rates won’t be beaten, particularly when compared against other forms of entertainment at that time of year. We have to stress that the deal isn’t open to away fans travelling in numbers.”

He continued, “We anticipate that both games will be very difficult ones for the boys and, in turn, therefore, very entertaining, not to mention exciting, for spectators, and we think it’s a great way to encourage local community groups to come along and watch a game, make it a special night out for their members, and give us a wee bit extra encouragement all at the same time. We are forever preaching to folk that we are a local club run by the community, for the community, and in the community, and we believe we should be putting back into it some of the support we get on a regular basis, and this is one of the best ways we can think of to fulfil that desire.”

“We won’t be difficult to deal with in terms of negotiating a price for local group bookings, other than to stress that they must be made and confirmed before the match concerned, as for health & safety reasons we need to know about any large groups coming in advance of their arrival so that we have appropriate stewarding in place. Group leaders should get in touch with us via our website, paisleypirates@gmail.com, and we’ll be delighted to make sure they have a great experience when their organisation comes to watch the Paisley Pirates in action. These deals have become increasingly popular with local groups in previous years, so there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that they’d best not wait too long to make their booking, just in case our ship has sailed without them!”

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Europe’s top curlers arrive in Renfrewshire


The cream of European curling will descend on Renfrewshire this weekend as the European Curling Championships take place at Braehead Arena.


The event takes place from 19-26 November and will see 26 nations take part in both men’s and women’s competitions- with the top 8 from each qualifying for the 2017 World Championships in Canada.

While the action takes place inside the Arena, there will also be a specially constructed ‘Fan Zone’ in the shopping centre for visitors and supporters to be a part of for the duration of the championships.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will host a civic reception on Friday night at Paisley Town Hall for athletes, officials and sponsors to welcome them to the area which is recognised as the birthplace of the sport.

The first ever formal record of the existence of curling details a challenge between a monk and a relative of the Abbott throwing stones across the ice outside Paisley Abbey in 1541.

Local youth theatre group PACE will put on a short performance re-enacting the challenge and attendees will also have the chance to visit the historic Abbey as part of the evening’s event.

The championships form part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and follow on from last weekend’s Christmas Lights Switch-On which saw around 30,000 people turn out in the town centre.

Provost Hall said: “It’s a fantastic honour to host this prestigious competition and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to welcome everyone involved to Renfrewshire.

“With Paisley’s history as the birthplace of curling, it is fitting that the top players have the chance to perform here and I’m sure the competition will be of the highest calibre.

“As part of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture, we have shown that we have the capability of hosting large-scale events in the area and these championships will be yet further proof of our ability to do so.

“It promises to be a great event for all the family so grab your tickets now and come along.”

Tickets are still available for the event via: http://www.worldcurling.org/ecc2016/tickets

For more information on Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, and to press the ‘Back the Bid’ button, visit www.Paisley2021.co.uk

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All Owen wants for Christmas is his two front teeth

Owen Macdonald, aged seven showing Santa at intu Braehead why he wants two front teeth for Christmas

YOUNGSTER Owen Macdonald tells Santa all he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth.

The seven-year-old from Foxbar, in Paisley visited Santa’s Grotto at the intu Braehead shopping and leisure centre and revealed what was top of his Christmas present wish list.

Owen Macdonald, aged seven showing Santa at intu Braehead why he wants two front teeth for Christmas

Owen Macdonald, aged seven showing Santa at intu Braehead why he wants two front teeth for Christmas

Owen lost the first of his front teeth a few weeks ago when he was playing hide and seek with friends and as he tried to climb a tree, banged his teeth into a branch. A few days later his other front tooth became shaky and fell out.

And just like the famous novelty Christmas song, Owen’s hoping Santa will bring him some new front teeth on Christmas Day.

Owen was one of the first to visit Santa in his new Snowman-themed Grotto the upper mall, next to the Schuh Kids store.

The Grotto is now open every day until Christmas Eve and this year, children will be guided to meet Santa through a snowy interactive maze, with moving and talking snowmen, thanks to the wonders of animatronics.

There’s even a snowball throwing game and Santa has a machine that tells who has been naughty and who has been nice this year.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “If Owen wants two new front teeth for Christmas, Santa will no doubt, do his best to make sure his wishes come true.
“I’m sure it’s not going to be the only unusual present Santa will be asked for when he meets the children in our Grotto, which is always a popular attraction.
“We love this time of year and it’s great seeing the look of excitement on the faces of the children waiting to meet Santa. That really is the magic of Christmas.”

Admission to Santa’s Grotto, in association with Playmobil, starts at £5.50. Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead to book online.

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Honours, points, and six goals were shared in this top of the table clash which saw both teams retain their unbeaten records to date.

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The visitors had the advantage of an early powerplay, with Lynx’s Reynolds sitting out a Tripping call as early as the 5th minute, and they took full advantage as Miller was on hand to finish off a sequence with Wilson and Campbell for the opener within a minute. Both sides swopped periods of ascendancy as penalty calls were exchanged, but it was actually during a period of five on five that Aberdeen got back on level terms as Malcolm beat Meechan, the latter conceding his first goal in over two hours of play stretching back over a month, with just over two minutes remaining, to tie a tight game at 1-1 after the first session.

Pirateshttp://www.paisley.org.uk/2016/11/paisley-pirates-christmas-offer/ were quicker out of the blocks in the middle period and regained the lead in only ninety seconds, this time Campbell netting with assistance from Turley to put his side back in front for the second time. In spite of both teams having spells of pressure it wasn’t until after the halfway point that the scoreboard changed again, the hosts again equalising, this time through Leyden, to tie the scores up at 2-2 as they headed for the dressing room with all to play for in the final 20 minutes of an enthralling match.

Into the final period, and while Pirates took two penalties in succession, they managed to play them off without incident, but lost a critical third goal on 47 minutes as McIntosh was on hand to give the home side the lead for the first time, Pirates’ coach Ian Turley called a 30 second time out at this juncture, and his words of wisdom seemed to have the desired effect, as his troops fought back well and were level with just under six minutes remaining as Wilson fired home from Miller and Hassan to tie the scores for the third time. Pirates did have the chance to win the game in the latter stages, with Callum McEachran sitting out a double minor, but the hosts survived and took a point to both keep their own unbeaten record going, and become the first side to take one from the Paisley side..

Pirates now face a long period of inactivity before returning to action against Dundee Tigers on Sunday 11 December at Braehead Arena.

Scorers: Wilson, Campbell & Miller (all 1+1), Turley & Hassan (both 0+1)

Penalties: Thorp 4, Spiers, Blair, Turley & Hassan (all 2)

Shots on Goal: Lynx (C. Chalmers) 22
Pirates (Meechan) 24

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Paisley Pirates took time out from their on ice exploits to play “good neighbour” at the weekend, lending the Braehead Clan a netminder when the Elite League team faced a crisis as a result of an injury to their first choice goalie, Michael Zajkowski.

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“I got a call from Gareth Chalmers from the Clan at tea time on Friday night asking if we could help them out, as they had two tough games coming up on the Saturday and Sunday against Belfast Giants and Nottingham Panthers respectively,” said Pirates coach Ian Turley.

“We didn’t want them to go into a match at that late stage in the week without a back up, so we were happy to lend them Calum Hepburn, who in turn is with us on a two way contract with Solway Sharks, and Calum was happy to go. Because he’s not had a lot of ice time with us this year as a result of Graeme Meechan’s excellent form, and bearing in mind that he’s covered for the Clan before, he was the obvious choice.”

He went on, “It did leave us with only one goalie for our match at North Ayr on Saturday, but we’re never going to stand in the way of any player who’ll get the chance of picking up the experience you’ll get dressing for an Elite League side, whether or not you actually get on the ice. We always preach to players that we’re here to develop them and make them better, and clearly getting the experience of mixing with Elite League players is going to be part of that development if an opportunity appears.”

“I think that makes 4 goalies which the Clan have dressed at least who have very clear Pirates’ connections-their current back up goalie Gary Russell started his career with us, they had Finnish star Jarkko Suomolainen for a season and he played for us during our time at the Lagoon, and two of our goalies, Calum Hepburn and Colin McGill a couple of years ago have helped out at short notice when they needed a back up.”

“I do think that it’s possible for SNL clubs like ourselves to develop players capable of playing in the Elite League, and I would like to think that if the Clan need any back up from us at any time, they’ve only got to come and ask.”

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Let’s mall go trick or treating

The seven-year-old Heads of Fun at intu Braehead, Lucie Roy, from Erskine and Aidan Smith, from Houston, Renfrewshire get in some practice for Halloween trick or treating

YOUNGSTERS are being invited to go trick or treating this Halloween weekend at intu Braehead – in one of Scotland’s biggest shopping and leisure malls.

The seven-year-old Heads of Fun at intu Braehead, Lucie Roy, from Erskine and Aidan Smith, from Houston, Renfrewshire get in some practice for Halloween trick or treating

The seven-year-old Heads of Fun at intu Braehead, Lucie Roy, from Erskine and Aidan Smith, from Houston, Renfrewshire get in some practice for Halloween trick or treating

Stores and leisure attractions at the centre and Soar at intu Braehead are expecting scores of youngsters in fancy dress to visit them asking: “Trick or treat?’ and in return, they’ll be given a sweet treat.

The free event is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30 between noon and 4pm and children are being encouraged to come along in Halloween costume.

Head of Fun at intu Braehead, seven-year-old Lucie Roy, from Erskine prepares for some Halloween fun at the centre’s trick or treat event.

Head of Fun at intu Braehead, seven-year-old Lucie Roy, from Erskine prepares for some Halloween fun at the centre’s trick or treat event.

They can collect a special pumpkin basket from outside Thorntons and Pandora, in the shopping mall and Frankie and Benny’s restaurant, in Soar at intu Braehead.

Then they can visit shops and leisure attractions featuring a special pumpkin in their window.

Stores taking part in the shopping centre are A1 Toys, Waterstones, Build-a-Bear, Claire’s and Schuh Kids. And over in Soar, kids should pay a visit to Chiquito, Gambado, Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Frankie and Benny’s and Laser Station.

Head of Fun at intu Braehead, seven-year-old Aidan Smith, from Houston, Renfrewshire prepares for some Halloween fun at the centre’s trick or treat event

Head of Fun at intu Braehead, seven-year-old Aidan Smith, from Houston, Renfrewshire prepares for some Halloween fun at the centre’s trick or treat event

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Many parents will be looking to keep out of the cold when it comes to trick or treating with their children.
“So we’re giving them the chance to go guising and ask ‘trick or treat’ in the warmth and comfort of the shopping centre and Soar.
“It’ll be great fun and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of kids in the mall in fancy dress.”

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Paisley Pirates match report

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 Pirates duly completed a straightforward victory against the Typhoons in a match where the ultimate result was never in serious doubt, but it took their now regular third period surge to put a convincing result on the scoreboard.

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The home side opened with pace and were ahead in under 90 seconds as Haydn Bain finished off a passing movement with Hassan and Thorp to score the go ahead goal. However, in spite of having most of the play for the remainder of the session Pirates were unable to add to the scoreline during a session which failed to get the pulses racing. While they pushed towards the Moray goal, they rarely threatened to add to their total, while the visitors, on their rare ventures forward, were similarly ineffectual, leaving a one goal margin separating the teams after 20 minutes.

Coach Ian Turley’s interval team talk appeared to shake the home side out of their lethargy, as with under 6 minutes of the second period gone they were two in front as Fraser Campbell weaved a path across the visitors’ defensive zone before backhanding beyond Ramsay to double his side’s lead. Before the halfway point it was three as Crute fired a rocket beyond the Moray goalie, and with less than two minutes remaining on the clock in the middle session it was David Orr’s turn to finish off a move with Guy and Miller to send the home team in at the second break with a four goal advantage, and with Calum Hepburn having replaced a mostly redundant Graeme Meechan between the pipes halfway through the session.

Pirates again stepped up a gear in the third session and were 5-0 ahead in under two minutes, as Campbell notched his second in a goalmouth scramble, and with Crute netting his second unassisted effort within half a minute the game was done and dusted. However, while Pirates were now in complete control they added three goals in the space of under 90 seconds as Miller with a double, then Thorp, both scored before the halfway point in the session took the score to 9-0.. With just over six minutes remaining, Bain took the score into double figures as he slipped the puck beyond the advancing McPherson in the Moray goal.

However, with the game well and truly over as a contest, all hell broke loose with barely half a minute left as a high challenge on Crawford brought an instant reaction from the number 66, and with players from both sides participating in several exchanges on the ice, the penalty count rose rapidly when the match result was already well decided, and which saw the respective penalty boxes full to overflowing.

Pirates will be happy to record another big win which takes their goals total in three home games to 28-3. They now face a long wait for their next home game before entertaining Dundee Tigers at Braehead Arena on Sunday 11 December.

Scorers:          Bain (2+2), Miller (2+1), Campbell & Crute (both 2+0), Orr (1+3), Thorp (1+1), Spiers (0+2). Guy, Hamilton & Hassan (all 0+1)

Penalties:        Crawford 47, Blair 39, McLaughlin 27, Turley 16, Crute 14, Johnston 10, Hepburn 2

Man of the Match: Fraser Campbell