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Christmas time in the Hoose

Its Christmas time in the Hoose and we offer the Paisley folk a great Buy One Get One Free deal on the traditional meal. You can mix and match with any item on our regular menu too, something for everyone. We will be serving this fantastic meal deal from the 1st until the 24th December. We are having a wee break on Christmas day.
Another great deal is available in oor Hoose, a cup of lovely Italian blend coffee and a light and fluffy Muffin for only £3 from 11am till close each day. Sit on our big sofa and chill for a while. See ya!
Those fabulous Penny Dogs return tae the Hoose on the High Street on the 1st December. These guys know their stuff a bustling guitar and Sax duo they bring the best songs of the past decades right up to date, Part of the recent Gerry Rafferty tribute event in the town centre Tony played lead sax on Baker Street.
Republic of Soul are no strangers to us in the Hoose, they always draw a large audience with their funk, soul and rock sound, they enjoy playing in Hamishes so much so that the guys wanted to treat the crowd in Hamishes with a Crimbo special. Join us and them on the 9th December.
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Renfrew lights up for Christmas

The heart of Renfrew will come alive this weekend for the Christmas Lights Switch-On with a host of free family activities topped by a sensational fireworks finale.

The event comes as Paisley bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021 and is itself part of the area’s Winter Events programme.

Saturday’s fun starts at Renfrew Town Hall at noon with Big Top children’s drop in craft workshops.

The sessions are free to attend and run until 4pm, with face painters and a balloon modeller.

Little ones will be delighted by performances by Ipdip Theatre – ‘Ssh, Elves are very shy’.

The free interactive show runs all afternoon from 12.30pm and is perfect for children aged eight and under. Spaces are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite.

Children desperate to share their Christmas lists with Santa can visit his grotto on High Street from 12pm, while his reindeer helpers will also be there to meet boys and girls.

Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir will add to the festive atmosphere while Renfrew Burgh Band will also entertain the crowds with a 30 minute performance from 3pm.

A funfair will add to the excitement from 12 noon to 6pm, situated in Charles Avenue car park.

Helping to build up to the big switch on will be Gus from Pulse FM, and Paisley’s Got Talent winner Hollie Robinson and the Rockus Community Choir are among the other performers on the live outside stage.

At 5pm the Christmas lights will be switched on by Provost Lorraine Cameron and will be followed by a dazzling fireworks display, which will light up the skies above the town.

Provost Cameron, who will be joined for the switch on by lucky competition winner Erin Murrayaged 9 from Arkleston Primary School, who designed a winning Christmas card, said: “The Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-On is always great fun and a lovely way to mark the start of the festive season.

“I always enjoy meeting local people at these events, especially our younger residents. It looks set to be a magical day.”

Residents should be aware that there will be a series of temporary road closures and parking restrictions in place until after the event.

For more details and information go to: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/events

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Almost 25,000 turn out for Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on

Almost 25,000 festive revellers turned out for Paisley’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On, as the town prepares to hear whether it will be named UK City of Culture 2021 next month.

Headliners were Northern Irish rockers Ash, who marked the start of the festive season with a performance of hit after hit that thrilled the assembled crowds.

The switch-on is the latest event in Paisley’s Winter Events season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Festive fun seekers enjoyed a host of free family entertainment earlier in the day, including the famous Reindeer Parade down High Street.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron pressed the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School, who designed a winning Christmas card.

Provost Cameron said: “It’s great to get out and about and see so many of the community – especially young people enjoying one of the biggest events of the year. Our festive events are always really special and memorable, and this year’s was no exception.”

An energetic performance from Children’s Classic Concert got young music lovers moving before headliners Ash took to the stage for the main event.

The band showcased a string of hits including Shining Light, Girl from Mars and A Life Less Ordinary, before snow cannons blasted confetti across the crowd.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi also added to the seasonal atmosphere by playing Christmas classics from the main stage

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers snapped up the perfect gifts from the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market  while the merry Massaoke band played Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “With a decision on the UK City of Culture title expected within weeks it’s great to see so many people flocking to our unique town centre to enjoy one of the biggest and most popular occasions on our Winter Events calendar.

“It’s also a reminder of how the town is able to host major events such as this latest one.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host the four week WinterFest Christmas spectacular from next week, with plans for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by local business improvement district Paisley First, the plans also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 16 December.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Paisley to host British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021

Pipe bands from around the globe will be heading back to Paisley after the town won its bid to host the British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021.

Paisley had already hosted the event in 2016 and 2017, and is due to do so again in 2018.

The announcement sees the winning partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) which runs the event, extended by another three years to cover 2019 to 2021 – meaning it will feature as part of the town’s UK City of Culture programme, should it win the title.

The news comes just weeks before a decision on the winner of the UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced, where Paisley is shortlisted along with Coventry, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea.

Next year’s event will be held on 19 May at St James Playing Fields and is set to attract thousands of competitors.

This year’s event saw Paisley welcome musicians from as far as Canada and Denmark as the top pipe bands in the world aimed to be crowned British champions.

The free event saw an estimated 19,000 visitors deliver a £290,000 boost to the local economy.

More than 4,000 pipers and drummers are assessed by RSPBA judges across 11 different categories in one of the biggest events in world piping.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This is a truly international event which attracts huge numbers of visitors to the area, in turn bringing an economic boost to local businesses.

“We’re delighted that it’s been such a success that Paisley will continue to host it up until 2021.

“As we get closer to a decision by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the UK City of Culture 2021 title, an event of this scale demonstrates how Paisley is  now recognised as an established venue for major events.”

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA, said: “Our time in Paisley has been really successful so far and has proved a great partnership, which we are delighted to continue.

“Paisley is very well received as a venue and we’re looking forward to returning – and hopefully becoming part of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 year.”

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Thousands expected for Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Northern Irish rockers Ash will mark the start of Paisley’s festive season with a headline performance at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Thousands are expected to head to the town centre on Saturday, November 18th to enjoy a host of free family fun, including the famous Reindeer Parade.

The switch on is the latest event in Paisley’s winter season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will press the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School.

Santa and his helpers will lead the procession down High Street at 1.30pm, before he opens his grotto at the Paisley Centre.

A performance from Children’s Classic Concert will provide a seasonal soundtrack from 2.30pm, with audience participation a must.

Twice-voted best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe, percussion superstars Owen and OIly, shake up your idea of classical music with a high-energy family concert.

Music headliners Ash will take to the Live Stage at 5.15pm for a performance before the town’s festive countdown officially starts with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

With 18 Top 40 singles including ‘The Girl from Mars’ and ‘Shining Light’ under their belt, the band, who first found fame as teenagers in the nineties, still know how to start a party.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi will be adding to the festive fun by spinning Christmas classics from the main stage.

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers can explore the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market from 1pm, with over 30 stalls to search out the perfect gifts. Face painting and storytelling are among the family fun also on offer. An interactive snow globe in will be in Abbey Close for festive photo opportunities.

Revellers will find it hard to resist embracing the festive atmosphere and singing along with the merry Massaoke band as they play Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On is bigger and better than ever and will bring thousands of people into the town centre which is great for business.

“As we bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 it’s great to show that we can host events on this scale. A winning bid would mean Paisley town centre would be hosting big events similar to this one every weekend.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host a four week Christmas spectacular in the town from November 24th, with plans, subject to approvals, for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by Paisley First, Winter Fest also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

For more information and timings on the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on go to:http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/paisley-christmas-lights/#whats-on-4826

The event means there will be a series of road closures around the town centre from 12.01am on Saturday morning, including parts of Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Abbey Close will close from 8am on Saturday morning until after the event.

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Paisley celebrates two-year anniversary of UK City of Culture 2021 bid launch

In the two years since Paisley launched its bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021, the town has discovered a new found optimism and confidence.

Paisley was shortlisted for the title in July, along with Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea. A decision by competition organisers the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is expected next month.

Since the town officially declared its title ambitions at Paisley Abbey on November 13, 2015, as part of a wider plan to transform the area, more than 34,000 people have been involved in the conversation around the bid.

Paisley Fireworks 4.11.17

Paisley’s popular events calendar has seen a marked increase of over 34,000 visitor numbers in 2017 so far – with a number of fantastic events still to take place in the town before the end of the year. The town’s major events have also seen a 37% increase in visitors from out with Renfrewshire.

Sharon McAulay from the award winning Paisley-based community initiative, the STAR Project, said: “The impact of the bid so far has been huge.

“When we were shortlisted attitudes literally changed overnight. People believe that we can actually do this, that Paisley is so much more than a bunch of negative statistics.

Diageo are backing the Paisley 2021 bid with special johnnie walker bottles pic shows gavin and Jean

“This bid is a real opportunity for us to show the world that Paisley is ready to be put back on the map.

“Our members have been talking about how winning will not just benefit them, but also their children and their children’s children too, so there is a real sense of future change and opportunity for all.”

More than 200 local businesses and a raft of sponsors have also backed the bid. Companies with international links including Glasgow Airport, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers have pledged funding totalling £260,000 if Paisley wins the title in December.

Major milestones have included the town hosting the British Pipe Band Championships, with Paisley also welcoming the Royal National Mod in either 2021 or 2022.

Home grown star Paolo Nutini hosted a triumphant homecoming concert at Paisley Abbey in October as part of this year’s annual Spree Festival.

Local dance company Right 2 Dance brought internationally renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne company to Paisley to deliver a week-long series of workshops and work with young people in the town.

School children from across Renfrewshire also set a new world record for the largest ever architecture lesson. Using coding game Minecraft, 406 pupils from eight local primary schools were guided through a history of Paisley’s architecture and learned how to create buildings using code.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Paisley’s connections throughout the UK and the rest of the world have continued to grow and grow in the two years since the bid was launched. We have seen Paisley designers showcase their work at London Craft Week and reach new markets from their base in the town.

“There have also been a number of international link-ups, including the opening concert of this year’s Spree arts festival which twinned with the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in India.

“We have initiated cultural conversations at Westminster and thanks to our £1m Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, the local creative scene is benefitting from new national partnerships.

“Launching the bid has generated a positive outlook for the future in the town and surrounding areas. Hosting the title could also create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over ten years and provide a £175m economic boost to the local economy.

“We have so much to offer and winning the title will show why Paisley matters, not just to Scotland, but to the UK and the world.”

The Paisley 2021 campaign has also helped boost the town’s global links – and even to outer space when a patch of the Paisley Pattern was sent on board a rocket bound for the International Space Station in July 2016.

Alan McNiven, the CEO of community group Engage Renfrewshire, said: “The bid for Paisley to be City of Culture 2021 has created an atmosphere of energised excitement – and that energy has created countless amazing, emotional moments over the last two years.

“The Paisley 2021 movement has provided fantastic opportunities for local engagement and we’ve heard thousands of Paisley voices describing their enthusiastic support for the UK City of Culture 2021 campaign.

“It has captured the community’s growing confidence in a brighter future for Paisley. “

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Paisley First WinterFest is coming to town this Christmas!

Paisley First is bringing a Winter Wonderland to the streets of Paisley town centre this
Christmas.


The town centre Business Improvement District is working with M&D Events to stage a
four week Christmas spectacular in the town.

Plans include an ice rink, the panoramic Star Flyer ride, continental style market and
other family attractions as the town looks to attract visitors and shoppers from further
afield.


Paisley First are also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings
spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th
December.

M&D Events are currently submitting the necessary consent applications to
Renfrewshire Council.

If the project gets approval, the Paisley First WonderFest will take place in Paisley
town centre from 24th November until Christmas Eve.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This will be a great event to showcase
everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the
town’s reputation as a visitor destination.

“We will also be running a Christmas retail campaign; when it comes to festive
shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains
throughout the town centre.

“And after hitting the shops and enjoying the Christmas entertainment, visitors can
take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“This year, Paisley will have Christmas all wrapped up.”
M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “Paisley already has a rich cultural
scene and this type of Christmas event is an ideal addition to the town.

“We are working with Paisley First to ensure this event will be a great attraction for
the local community, who will be eligible for discounted rates, as well as visitors from
further afield.”

 

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Ian added: “We believe the continental style market will really complement the
existing Christmas shopping available in the town and we are also hoping some of
the local traders will get involved too.”
The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for
a chance to win a special WinterFest prize!
To mark the end of the Nutcracker Trail, there will also be a special children’s carol
concert in the town centre on Saturday 16th December.
All the details of these fabulous Christmas events can be found at
www.paisleyfirst.com .

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Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017

Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017. Thousand’s turned up to tonight’s event. Paisley was packed and the 80’s music went down a storm with families with the kids being stunned by the powerful display held at the heart of Paisley’s Historic centre.

The photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald Photography and kindly allowed for use on www.paisley.org.uk

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Lisa Kowalski Has Made It Into The Top 6!

Salute Music Makers Announce the Six Finalists Battling it Out for the £50,000 Cash Prize
Lisa Kowalski is a Paisley-based singer-songwriter who has just made it into the Top 6 of the Salute Music Makers competition, meaning she has just won £10,000 and is even closer to the main prize of £50,000 and a place in the final of the unsigned music awards.
On Friday evening 29th October, public voting closed on Salute’s quest to unearth the very best in British musical talent. The public have spoken and the top six artists who have made it to the final out of over 2000 initial entrants, each of them winning £10,000 in the process are:
• Fin Henderson –  A Million Places
• Malaika – Stop For a Minute
• Liam Doyle – I Won’t Let Go
• Lisa Kowalski – I Do
• Franc & Baby Pink – Erykah & Red Wine
• Happi – Forever

Heralding the final stage of the competition to find the best of unsigned UK musical talent, the final six will compete against each other to find the ultimate winner of Salute Music Maker’s ground-breaking competition, taking away the top prize of a no-strings attached, £50,000.

Salute Music Makers have developed a whole new way for Music Lovers to vote and become curators in their own right. The final voting stage will be split into two rounds via the innovation interactive voting system, which utilises Facebook Messenger and a specially-designed Facebook Messenger bot.
The public will still be able to access the Top 100 tracks as well as their curated playlist of up to 6 tracks they had voted for.
Round one will see the Top six tracks go head to head with each other via a playlist , for one winning vote by the public, who will give their favourite track some love by clicking on the heart.
The playlist will unlock at midnight on the 29 October and voting will close at 9pm on Wednesday 1st November.
Round two will see the six finalists release a new track via a second playlist that will unlock at midnight 1st November, again the six tracks will fight for one winning vote. Voting will close at 9pm on Saturday 4th November.
The winner will be the songwriter who has the most combined votes from round one and two and will be announced to the world at 6pm on Sunday 5th November.
After round one, the rankings of the top six will be released, meaning it could all change once the release of the new track has been voted on.
Happi
“I am so grateful to be in the final. When I entered the competition, I was really nervous as I have never done anything like it before and being in the top 100 was a dream. It’s humbling to know that my supporters and my loved ones helped to push me through to the top 6. It means so much to me to be here, to be supported and recognised by my peers but also to be able to represent a path of positivity and light in music. I’m thrilled to have gotten this far but I believe we can go all the way. “
Liam Doyle
“’I am overwhelmed to be amongst 5 other incredibly talented finalists in a competition with such a wide range of entries. After a tough year with voice problems, I’ve worked so hard to get back to normality and regain my self-belief. This prize is life changing whatever way the votes go. I can’t thank everyone enough for voting and a huge thank you to the judges for giving me this opportunity in the first place’”
Franc & Baby Pink
“Getting into the top 6 in the Salute Music Competition has been an incredible experience. Being able to achieve this and have an opportunity to kick-start our career and have a pathway into the UK music scene is so important to us. Building a solid fan base and having greater exposure is fundamental. To be able to reach so many more people and be able to, hopefully, affect them individually in some way through our songs, is truly an irreplaceable feeling and is something we are striving for.”
Malaika
“I am so shocked to have been in the top 6. There are so many amazing artists in the top 100. I am so excited about the next week I am going to get my song out there and try to get as many people voting as possible. I am so honoured to be part of such a unique opportunity. I feel that I have learned so much about self-promotion through this competition.”
Lisa Kowalski
“Being recognised on a national level in such a ground-breaking competition was a wonderful surprise. It means a lot that success was the result of selection by music industry professionals as well as incredible support from the public.”
Fin Henderson 
“Absolutely honoured to have been selected for the final 6. Can’t express how much the selection from salute and the following support from the public means to me. Now just feeling hopeful for the week ahead!”
In 2018, further opportunities await the finalists with home-town gigs arranged in partnership with the Music Venus Trust to champion them in their local community.
Having emerged back in March amongst a storm of media interest, the original and innovative new music talent platform, Salute Music Makers have now reached the final stage of their national competition. Having already ensured their truly inclusive showcase for the best of UK talent features artists from over 50 different nationalities (resident in the UK), the entrants are based from Guernsey to the Shetland Isles, aged from their teens through to the over-45’s, and cover genres from classical to indie to grime and all points in between. Salute Music Makers revealed their unique voting system, which enables every music fan to not only vote but become curator and judge utilising Facebook Messenger to become the world’s first interactive voting system.
Spearheaded by the legendary former front-man of The Undertones, Feargal Sharkey, Salute are proud to be providing a platform for the up-and-coming songwriters of the UK. The Salute team of curators including Ras Kwame, Chris Tofu OBE, Jonathan Quarmby, Simon Perry (ReverbNation), Fiona Bevan, Dee Adam and Kwame Kwaten have evaluated and judged the top 100 artists, whose futures now lie in the hands of the most important people – the music lovers.
Click here to get involved and become a judge:
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Lisa Kowalski makes it into the final six of the Salute Music UK competition

Paisley’s Lisa Kowalski has made it into the final six of a nationwide music competition.
Lisa, and her fellow 5 contestants, all pick up £10,000 each for making it though. The winner of the competition receives a no-strings-attached, top prize of £50,000.
Shortly after the results came through she took to Twitter to announce the news and to thank everyone who voted for her.
Almost instantly she received kind words of support from fans from Renfrewshire and beyond.
Lisa said: “Being recognised on a national level in such a ground breaking competition was a wonderful surprise. It means a lot that success was the result of selection by music industry professionals as well as incredible support from the public.”
The other 5 contenders who made it through are:
Fin Henderson – A million Places
Malaika – Stop For A Minute
Liam Doyle – I Won’t Let Go
Franc & Baby Pink – Erykah & Red Wine
Happi – Forever
Salute Music Makers have developed a whole new way for Music Lovers to vote and become curators in their own right. The final voting stage will be split into two rounds via the innovation interactive voting system, which utilises Facebook Messenger and a specially-designed Facebook Messenger bot.
Round one will see the Top six tracks go head to head with each other via a playlist , for one winning vote by the public, who will give their favourite track some love by clicking on the heart.
The playlist will unlock at midnight on the 29 October and voting will close at 9pm on Wednesday 1st November.
Round two will see the six finalist release a new track via a second playlist that will unlock at midnight 1st November, again the six tracks will fight for one winning vote. Voting will close at 9pm on Saturday 4th November.
The winner will be the songwriter who has the most combined votes from round one and two and will be announced to the world at 6pm on Sunday 5th November.
After round one we will release the rankings of the top six and, so it could all change once the release of the new track has been voted on.
In 2018, further opportunities await the finalists with home-town gigs arranged to champion them in their local community.