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Return of Mòd would bring economic boost

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

Paisley could be set for a six-figure economic boost if it can bring Scotland’s primary celebration of Gaelic language and culture back to the town in 2021.

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

Work to on a bid bring The Royal National Mòd back to the town is well advanced, with financial plans being put in place to cover the expected costs.

If the bid is successful, the nine-day festival would become a key part of the proposed programme for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board will next week be asked to set aside a budget of £300,000 to meet event hosting costs, plus £12,500 per year for four years to fund a programme of Gaelic language events locally.

An independent analysis of Paisley previous hosting of the Mòd in 2013 found it attracted more than 8,000 visitors, 38% from outwith the area, and with total visitor spending of £700,000.

The same report found the return on Renfrewshire Council’s investment was six to one, and the economic activity was the equivalent of 33 full-time jobs.

Public meetings have already taken place to create a local organising committee, which – with support by council staff – will submit a bid by June.

Paisley’s Mòd ambitions have been supported by prominent Gaelic musicians Donnie Munro and Skerryvore, who both played the town’s Spree festival this year.

The town has also started to build a Gaelic legacy with an annual festival for under-18s – Fèis Phàislig – running each summer and which this year saw almost 100 young people take part in a week of musical workshops.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We were delighted to bring the Mòd to Paisley for the first time three years ago – and I am sure residents will remember how busy the town was during that week.

“Hosting the Mòd again in 2021 would bring another massive economic boost to the Renfrewshire area.

“If we win UK City of Culture 2021 it would be a key part of the year-long programme of major events that would involve.

“But even if not it will help us maintain the momentum the 2021 bid has already created in terms of establishing Paisley as a key destination on Scotland’s cultural map.

“It would also allow us to create an even stronger Gaelic cultural legacy within Renfrewshire, building on the good work already being done.”

The Leadership Board will consider the plans when it meets on Wednesday 30 November.

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Edwyn Collins at Paisley Abbey Photographs

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Edwyn Collins at Paisley Abbey Photographs

The fantastic Edwyn Collins performs in Paisley Abbey as part of the Spree Festival, all photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with paisley.org.uk

 

 

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HRH The Princess Royal visits Paisley

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HRH The Princess Royal visits Paisley.

Today saw HRH The Princess Royal pay a visit to Paisley and the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature. The Royal National Mod runs from 11th – 19th October 2013 and is to attract thousands of spectators from across the central belt as it visits the Renfrewshire city for the first time in its 121 year history.

Amongst the venues visited by HRH The Princess Royal were Paisley Abbey and also Paisley Town Hall helping raise Paisleys profile nationally.

Here is a fantastic set of Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk.

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The Twilight Sad and Admiral Fallow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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The Twilight Sad and Admiral Fallow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Photographs of last nights musical extravaganza in Paisley Abbey as part of The Spree Festival, All photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with www.paisley.org.uk

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ModStuff Paisley Photographs

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ModStuff Paisley Photographs.

Paisley festival ModStuff was a complete success this weekend thanks to the LNP Promotions bringing some excellent bands such as The Laynes, Button Up, The Beatroots, The Responsible, The Beat Movement and The Underground Jam to the Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street, Paisley.

All this as well as a fantastic Scooter Rally on the Saturday which saw up to 85 Mod Scooters taking part in a ride out in town made for a great atmosphere. With ModStuff running alongside The Spree and The Royal National Mod, Paisley has proved it can accommodate such diverse and major events.

The series of gigs & events was helping to raise funds for local charity Loud n’ Proud through LNP Promotions.

Here are some photographs from the various bands playing at the Bungalow Bar, all photographs were taken by Jean-Marie Stewart and kindly allowed for use on the website. You can find more of Jean-Maries Photographs by visiting her Flickr Photo Sets.

You can find Video and Photographs from the Scooter ride-out by clicking here. 

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Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain in concert with Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Photographs

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Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain in concert with Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Photographs.

Photographs from the Spiegeltent in County Square, part of The Spree Festival in Paisley.

In 1988, two  members from two of Scotland’s leading bands, “The Boys of The Lough” and “Silly Wizard”, came together to work on a television series. You could say ‘the rest is history’.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham enjoyed performing together so much that they decided to have a small tour that year. That was beginning of a remarkable working relationship and friendship that has endured and continued to thrive taking them all over the world.

Ross & Jarlath fortuitously formed at Celtic Connections 2012, following a double bill of the two frontline pipers’ trio line-ups, the pair have fast become one of the most enigmatic duo’s to emerge from Scotland, these young musicians are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with energy.

A fusion of pipes and flutes the duo push the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes. [text courtesy of The Spree]

All photographs by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with www.paisley.org.uk

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Scooter Rally Video and Photographs Paisley

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Scooter Rally Video and Photographs Paisley.

Scooter Rally Video Paisley.

Video of the Scooter Rally through Paisley as part of the #Modstuff Festival organised by LNP Promotions. This would be a fantastic event to have each year in town, well done to the organisers.

Photographs of Scooter Rally Paisley.

Photographs and Video courtesy of www.paisley.org.uk

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MOD Scooter Rideout Paisley

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MOD Scooter Ride-out Paisley.

Up to 85 Scooters had a ride-out in Paisley today as part of the LNP Promotions Festival called MODSTUFF which was launched last night in the Bungalow Bar, Paisley. The Festival is billed as an alternative fringe event to the Royal National Mod which is also happening in Paisley right now.

Paisley has been quite literally buzzing this week to the sound of music from all corners of the town and many local businesses are putting on their own small events in celebration.. Paisley is the place to be right now…

All Photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

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Royal National Mòd Torchlight Parade Paisley Video

Royal National Mòd torchlight parade

Royal National Mòd Torchlight Parade Paisley Video.

Video of the Royal National Mòd Torchlight Parade from Paisley Museum right down the High Street ending at Paisley Abbey, the crowds turned out in their hundreds if not thousands and Paisley was buzzing to the Pipe Band and visually impressive with the school kids and their torchlights, video taken by Brian McGuire.

Another Video  for www.paisley.org.uk showing the end of the parade when the Junior Choir sang.

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Royal National Mòd Torchlight Parade Photographs

Royal National Mòd torchlight parade

Royal National Mòd Torchlight Parade Photographs.

What a fantastic response from the people of Paisley who turned out in their hundreds if not thousands to see the Royal National Mòd Torchlight Parade go from Paisley Museum and march to Paisley Abbey.

It was a magnificent display by everyone involved and could not have gone better, such a positive night for the town of Paisley

Photographs courtesy of Digitalpict Photography in partnership with www.paisley.org.uk