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It’s mall about fashion for ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley

FORMER Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts today showed shoppers how to get the purr-fect summer outfit.

Ashley Roberts presenting fashion show at intu Braehead…photos taken by Jeff Holmes

She was hosting a series of Spring and Summer Fashion Shows, at the intu Braehead mall, near Glasgow over the weekend and hundreds of shoppers turned out to see the TV presenter give them the lowdown on the latest fashion trends.

Ashley Roberts with children’s clothes model, Savannah Hardie, aged six

Ashley shot to fame with the Pussycat Dolls, who sold more than 50 million records worldwide and after the group split in 2010, she carved out a successful TV career for herself.

Ashley’s credentials include co-hosting ITV’s primetime show, Saturday Night Takeaway, with Ant and Dec; taking runner-up on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and appearing as contestant on Channel 4’s The Jump.
She was also a judge on Dancing on Ice and this year was a guest judge on the BBC’s, Let It Shine.

Ashley Roberts with intu Braehead personal stylist, Victoria Martin

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Pirates finished their season on a disappointing note as they relinquished the Scottish Cup to Dundee Comets, a hat trick from David Orr not being enough to prevent the league champions from going down to the Tayside outfit.

The Paisley side were hit by an opening blitz which saw the Comets hit two goals in twenty seconds in the fourth minute through Inglis and Hamilton and Gold, and while Orr’s goal did pull the score back to 2-1 after six minutes, Comets had their two goal cushion back in just over 60 seconds as Gold beat Meechan for a third time with under eight minutes on the clock, at which juncture Hepburn took over in the Paisley goal. However, he, too, was beaten in the 14th minute by a shot from Smith and the Comets went into the first break holding an already comfortable lead at 4-1.

Pirates needed an early goal in the second period to claw themselves back into the game, but it came at the wrong end as Dolan netted within a minute to give the Comets a four goal cushion with almost two full periods remaining. The champions did produce some fighting spirit and pulled back two goals from Orr, the third thus completing his hat trick, by the 37th minute to give a hint of daylight at 5-3, but Gordon shut the door again a minute later to take the score to 6-3 at the second break.

With Paisley looking down the barrel of a shotgun they pulled themselves back within two goals again after 45 minutes when Campbell beat Michie for 6-4, but once more the Comets slammed the door shut with a further two goals from Dolan and Whitelaw to end any lingering hopes of a last gasp fightback, and while Miller netted for 8-5 with just under two minutes to go, Comets had the final word with Gold scoring within thirty seconds to finish the scoring, sending Pirates home empty handed for the second time in a fortnight.

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Mall wins gold award

THE team at intu Braehead has been recognised for the way they encourage and train their staff.

From left, intu Braehead’s Laura Oliver, Paul Lucas and Gillian Macdonald with their Investors in People Gold Award cake

The shopping and leisure destination has been accredited with the Gold Investors in People Award.
And a special cake was created and presented to staff to mark the achievement.

The Investors in People scheme encourages and certifies best practice in people management and staff training with a rigorous assessment of a company or organisation’s performance.

General manager at intu Braehead, Gary Turnbull said: “Our most important asset is the people who work for us.
“Our on-going aim is to help them develop their abilities and careers to their maximum potential. We put a lot of time and effort into this, as it’s the best investment a company can make.

“Having previously won the Silver Award, we were keen to further improve our management and staff training practices even more and we’re delighted to have achieved that and won the Gold Award.”

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European Curling Championships bring £750,000 boost to Renfrewshire economy

Renfrewshire’s economy was boosted by almost £750,000 after hosting the European Curling Championships at Braehead Arena last year.

Research commissioned by UK Sport set out an impressive benefit to Renfrewshire achieved through an increase in the collective spend of visitors on accommodation, transport, food and drink, shopping, and other expenditure for the duration of the Championships, last November.

Retailers, hoteliers and restaurateurs saw a direct benefit to their business as an increased number of visitors to the area generated an augmented spend compared with the same period in previous years.

The event saw 222 curlers from 27 different nations take part in one of the top events in the curling calendar and attracted 4000 spectators across the eight day period.

The Championships were brought to the area with the aim of maximising the economic impact of the event locally and also profiling Renfrewshire to international audiences which will support Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, which is due to be lodged at the end of this month.

The event was hosted in Renfrewshire through the co-operation of a number of funding partners- the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, UK Sport through National Lottery Funding, EventScotland and GCMB.

Bruce Crawford, CEO of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (the National Governing Body for Scottish Curling), said “Scottish Curling were delighted to bring this prestigious World Curling event to Renfrewshire; it was a pleasure to host Europe’s top curlers in a region with such historical significance for the sport and a growing pedigree in event hosting.”

The European Curling Championships formed part of an exciting calendar of events in 2016 which included the British Pipe Band Championships, Scottish Album of the Year Awards and Paisley’s annual music and comedy festival The Spree.

2017 will see those events return Paisley as well as many more including the 30th Paisley Beer and Food Festival, and Weave- a festival running alongside the traditional Sma’ Shot Day aimed at reconnecting Paisley with its weaving heritage as part of Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “As part our bid for UK City of Culture 2021, it is critical we showcase our ability to host large scale events in the area and the European Curling Championships are a key example of our capabilities.  It proves that Paisley has the infrastructure to handle the size and scale of a significant European event.

“The Championships provided the Renfrewshire economy with a boost of almost three-quarters of a million pounds, which indicative of what winning the UK City of Culture could achieve by hosting a series of high-profile events during 2021.”

“The prestigious title would act as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration and we’re determined to ensure there is a lasting impact for Paisley and Renfrewshire as a whole.”

Paisley’s bid is due to be submitted to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)  who organise the UK City of Culture competition on 28 April with a shortlist announced over the summer and the winning bid being revealed in December.

Further information on Paisley’s bid and how to support it can be found on www.Paisley2021.co.uk

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Shoppers turtle-ly amazed at visitor to mall

Nick Jr. fans should head straight to intu Braehead for the chance to follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters.

YOUNGSTER Daniel Strain dons a Ninja Turtle outfit, as he gets ready for a visit to intu Braehead by a host of characters from the Nick Jr. TV channel – including of course, the popular Ninja Turtles Half Shell Heroes.

The popular shopping destination will be hosting Nick Jr. All Stars experiences throughout the Easter holidays to keep families entertained for free.

They could learn the Half Shell Heroes’ ninja moves, or create their own machine to join Blaze and the Monster Machines at the free events taking place at intu’s top shopping centres across the UK.

intu Braehead security staff, John Harkins, left and Stephen Armour.

There will also be the chance to meet PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall who will visit intu Braehead on April 11, as part of the partnership between intu and Nick Jr.

Families could hunt for even more Nick Jr. characters and experiences by using their smart devices to scan images they find within the centre, thanks to a free augmented reality game available through the intu app.

And on selected days guests will be able to take home pictures of themselves with a number of Nick Jr. characters thanks to the magic of green screen technology.

Marketing manager at intu, Christine Macdonald said: “Parents shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to put a smile on the faces of every Nick Jr. fan in their family by giving them the chance to take part in free activities and games starring their favourite characters.

“We’ve teamed up with Nick Jr. to run activities in every intu centre across the UK throughout the school holidays and can’t wait for families to see what’s in store as part of their visit to intu Braehead.”

Activities will take place from Monday 3rd to Friday 21st April. Visit www.intu.co.uk <http://www.intu.co.uk/>/easter to find details of what’s on and opening hours.

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Mum’s the word for TV host Jennifer

TELEVISION presenter Jennifer Reoch has paid a special tribute to her mum in the run-up to Mother’s Day.

Jennifer Reoch and her mum, Karen, at intu Braehead getting ready for their Ladies Day Out.
Picture – Nick Ponty

“When I properly grow up I want to be just like my mum,” says the 27-year-old. “But even if I’m half as good and as much fun as her, I’ll be delighted!”

And yesterday Jennifer gave her mum, Karen a sneak preview of the Mother’s Day event she’s hosting at intu Braehead.

Along with fashion guru, Julie Hannah and the mall’s personal shopper, Victoria Martin, Jennifer will present Ladies Day Out, on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, between noon and 5pm.

Jennifer Reoch, her mum, Karen and make-up artist, Zarina Hussein, at intu Braehead getting ready for their Ladies Day Out.   Picture – Nick Ponty

Julie and Victoria will be sharing their expertise on creating the perfect capsule wardrobe, showing off the latest spring and summer outfits along with make-up demonstrations from top brands, including Benefit and over six sessions each day.

The free event takes place in the lower mall outside Boots store and early birds who reserve their seat online have the chance to win a Ladies Day Out Goodie Bag at the noon, 2.30pm and 4pm shows.

Jennifer describes how her mum has influenced her life: “My mum is pretty much my go-to person when I don’t know what to do. She’s one of my best friends and we get on really well.

“She always gives great advice, very understanding, but also straight-talking and encouraging.
“After I received my law degree I decided I wanted to go into media instead of becoming a lawyer and my mum understood that I was following my passion.
“It was quite a scary option because at the time, I didn’t know how it would all work out for me.
“But my mum supported and encouraged me all the way and she was right because it has worked out well for me so far.”

Jennifer added: “We should be nice to our mums every day of the year, but it’s nice to have a special day for mums. After all, they’ve spent every day looking after sons and daughters.”

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’re not just celebrating Mother’s Day on one-day but all weekend.

“Our Ladies Day out is a great way of giving your mum a special treat by bringing her along to find out the latest in fashion and make-up trends.”

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead <http://www.intu.co.uj/braehead>  to book your place at the Ladies Day Out.

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Paisley Pirates return to action after a few weeks off, and it’s another very important weekend for them as they take on North Ayrshire Wild over two legs, to determine who will qualify for a place in the playoff finals weekend on 8 and 9 April, when the four qualifiers will battle it out for the right to be names playoff champions. Pirates face the Wild at Auchenharvie Ice Rink on Saturday night before returning to Braehead Arena for the second leg less than 24 hours later.

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“I said a few weeks ago that every game was a cup final now, and this weekend proves my point. North Ayr have had a difficult season this year, but will see this as the perfect opportunity to round it off in style by beating the new league champions,” said coach Ian Turley. “For us, we’ll be sticking to our well established routine of taking one game at a time. Braehead Arena hasn’t been available to us for a couple of weeks, so it would have been very easy just to rest up and not train, instead of which we secured booked ice elsewhere to ensure that our normal routine remained in place. That’s what we’ve been doing all season, and we aren’t changing it now. Attitude of mind is just as important as fitness when I’m looking at a squad of players, and it matters that they have the right one when they go out on the ice. We’ve never won the playoff weekend; we’ve had a few disappointments over the years in the final stages, sure it would be great to tick that box but we are not even there yet! The second game at Braehead Arena on the Sunday is also our last one on home ice this season, so I’m hoping both that the team puts on a show for the fans, and that the latter turn out in droves as a “Thank you” for winning the league, it would be a nice way to round off matters in front of them.”

“I’m happy that we’ve got the players to do the job of reaching the finals weekend, but it’s who is best over the two legs simple as that. I’m sure that the Wild will be determined to spoil the party for us. A couple of our squad played for them last year, so there will be added spice to the two legs, with not just a finals place at stake, but nearly as important, bragging rights locally. We’ve got big occasion players in our ranks, and every game from here on in is a big one, so I’m looking to everyone on our bench to go out and show me that they deserve the faith that’s been placed in them, not just by me, but by our loyal fans who have been with us every step of the way this season, and who are looking forward to what could be a very busy end to the season.”

Sunday’s match at Braehead faces off at 6.00pm. Pirates now know their Scottish Cup Final opponents, Dundee Comets having beaten local rivals Dundee Tigers 12-4 on aggregate in their semi final over the weekend, and will now face the cup holders in the final on 22 April in Kirkcaldy.

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Kids meet the Smurfs at shopping mall

YOUNGSTERS out shopping bumped into their favourite cartoon characters at the intu Braehead mall.

The Smurfs were at the mall over the weekend and attracted a big crowd as they celebrated the release of their new movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, which previews on March 25 and 26 and opens at cinemas nationwide on Friday, March 31.

Excited children got the chance to take part in a host of activities, including the Catch-a-Smurf Wind Chamber Challenge and the Grab-a-Smurf game. They also met and had their photos taken with Smurfette, Clumsy, Hefty, Brainy and Papa Smurf from the film.

Chloe Gemmell from paisley with smurfet

In the new fully animated film, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her best friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) does.

Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “There’s no doubt The Smurfs are as popular as ever and our young – and even some of our not-so-young – shoppers just loved meeting up with the characters.”