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Thermo Fisher Scientific the latest firm to back Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021

One of the world’s leading life science companies has backed Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Thermo Fisher 2021 sponsor 16.11.17

Thermo Fisher Scientific, which employs more than 700 people at its Renfrewshire base, has pledged financial backing if Paisley takes title.

The town is bidding as part of wider plans to use its unique cultural and heritage story to transform its future.

Thermo Fisher 2021 sponsor 16.11.17

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron visited the latest international firm to back the town’s ambitions and said: “As we approach a decision on the UK City of Culture 2021, it’s good to be able to express our thanks to businesses, some with global links, who have put their support behind us.

“The scale of the commitment of the business community, including international firms such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, demonstrates how they have embraced the huge opportunity to boost the area’s economy.

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“They’ve also welcomed the idea of working with culture and cultural organisations.”

This year’s Nobel Chemistry Prize winners, pioneering scientists, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, worked with systems manufactured by Thermo Fisher.

The life sciences giant has global revenues topping £15 billion and has around 65,000 employees worldwide.

Its base in Renfrewshire has a history stretching back more than four decades and it has grown and expanded its manufacturing footprint and workforce in recent times.

It opened a £14 million facility at the Inchinnan plant in 2015, where novel technology is used to make products for drugs which treat influenza and other diseases.

Jim Carswell, Operations Director & Inchinnan Site Leader, said: “Thermo Fisher Scientific has had a presence in the area for more than 45 years and many of our employees are local to the area.

“We are delighted to throw our support behind the Paisley bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021 and we wish the team every success ahead of the announcement next month.”

More than 200 companies have shown their support for Paisley’s bid, while a further 13 private sector organisations have committed over quarter of  a million pounds if the town is successful.

Thermo Fisher Scientific joins a list of sponsors including international drinks giant Diageo, which demonstrated its support by creating a limited edition of Johnnie Walker whisky.

Hillington-based haulage firm Gordon Leslie Group branded a truck that has travelled the length breadth of the UK, emblazoned with the Paisley  2021 logo.

The world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer Coats, which started life in the town, has also backed the bid, while Glasgow Airport marked its formal endorsement with Paisley themed art work at the check in area.

They are joined by Chivas Brothers and other businesses with local roots, Mac Asphalt, Morrison Construction, Clark Contracts  and the Scottish Leather Group.

WH Malcolm wrapped the backs of two trailers with Paisley 2021  branding to show its support, while intu Braehead, held a Paisley 2021 day with local musicians and youth groups.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Paisley First, which represent more than 900 businesses between them, have also thrown their weight behind the town’s title ambitions.

A decision on the UK City of Culture 2021 title is expected from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which organised the competition, next month.

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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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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.

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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 latest organisation to back town’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid

Paisley First, the organisation which represents hundreds of local businesses, has backed the town’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

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Ken MacDonald (Houston Kiltmakers), Jean Cameron (Paisley 2021), Graeme McGowan (MSM Solicitors), Thomas Sinclair (JewelFare), Provost Lorraine Cameron, Colette Cardosi (Pendulum), Ian Henderson (Paisley First)

The non-profit organisation set up to deliver a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town centre, has joined a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should Paisley take the title.

Paisley first and local businesses support Paisley 2021 bid for UK City of Culture 7.11.17
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Ken MacDonald (Houston Kiltmakers), Jean Cameron (Paisley 2021), Graeme McGowan (MSM Solicitors), Thomas Sinclair (JewelFare), Provost Lorraine Cameron, Colette Cardosi (Pendulum), Ian Henderson (Paisley First)

The group works with more than 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre, including both property owners and commercial tenants.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The response we have had from businesses both locally and with international links has been phenomenal and we are delighted to welcome Paisley First as one of our valued sponsors.

“It works for and on behalf of literally hundreds of local businesses and so to have a commitment from them just shows the scale of the support for the bid as we head towards a decision.

“Local businesses recognise both the economic and cultural benefits of a winning bid, not least the extra footfall it would bring to the town centre.

“ Since Hull took the title in 2017, it has seen £1bn of investment with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of the year.”

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to announce the UK City of Culture 2021 winner next month. The other shortlisted contenders are Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron also welcomed the latest sponsor and added: “It’s great to see an organisation with the reach of Paisley First locally come on board as we head towards a decision on UK City of Culture 2021.”

Paisley First, which drew an estimated 20,000 people with its Pride of Paisley public art trail last summer, has also launched its new Makers Space as part of a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “There is a real feeling of positivity on the streets of the town centre and this is in no small part due to the success of Paisley being shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.

“Everyone at Paisley First is working hard to help confirm Paisley’s reputation as a business location and further enhance the town centre as a visitor destination.

“It’s vital that all businesses work together now to support the Paisley 2021 team as they enter the final stages in their bid to be appointed UK City of Culture – what a boost that would be for the town.”

To date the Paisley 2021 bid has attracted 13 bid sponsors, including internationally-important names such as Glasgow Airport, intu Braehead, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers as well as the world’s largest thread manufacturers, Coats PLC.

Leading science company Thermo Fisher Scientific, Paisley based Mac Asphalt and Clark Contracts and the Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group have all also thrown their weight behind the bid.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Morrison Construction and the Gordon Leslie Group have all also pledged their support to back the town’s ambitions.

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Africa in Motion comes to Paisley on the 11th of November!

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 12th year to bring audiences a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.

 

In support of Paisley 2021 this year the festival is moving outside of the city centre, packing its mobile cinema and heading to Paisley. Through partnerships with West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and Pachedu, AiM has been able to work with the local community to support them in curating their own mini-festival.

The pop-up festival will screen a diverse film programme for everyone to enjoy. The day will start with a selection of short films for children as curious-minded little ones can become intrepid AfriKids by taking a cinematic adventure across the wild and wonderful African continent. This will be followed by an afternoon screening of the Kenya feature film Watatu, a film focused on a young university graduate struggling with discrimination. Finally the day will draw to a close with a screening of new documentary, Fonko, merging urban club sounds with traditional African music, Fonko tells the stories of Africa as heard from some of the most innovative musicians on the continent. This screening will be followed by an open mic night.

 

Accompanying film screenings will also be craft making, an African fashion show and the chance to try a few African tasty treats throughout the day.

 

All of the events are free to attend and will take place at St Ninians Church, Paisley on Saturday 11th of November 2017. The full programme can be found here: https://www.africa-in-motion.org.uk/year-round-cinema/venue/104

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Thousands turn out for Paisley Fireworks spectacular

Thousands turned out to enjoy a dazzling display as Paisley’s annual fireworks spectacular went off with a bang this weekend.

The town’s historic skyline lit up in the extravaganza which delighted the gathered crowds of more than 25,000 when it burst into life on Saturday night, accompanied by an 80s soundtrack.

The themed event took place as part of Paisley’s Winter Festival as the town bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Each of the town’s rivals – Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea – were given a surprise musical shout outs across the day.

The soundtrack to the display itself referenced Sunderland with ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics in celebration of the duo’s Dave Stewart, who hails from the city.

Stoke’s musical heritage was marked with ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses from 1987 in honour of guitarist Slash who was born in the city and spent his formative years there, while ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ from Bonnie Tyler was the musical nod given to Swansea. ‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness marked Coventry’s moment to celebrate its’ links with ska music and Paisley’s own musical heritage was celebrated with local star Kelly Marie’s 1980 hit, ‘Feels Like I’m in Love.’

Radio Clyde DJs Callum Gallacher and Grant & Amber earlier added to the musical fun, with George Bowie & Cassi also playing 80s classics leading up to the dazzling display, introduced by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Earlier in the day revellers enjoyed a host of 80s themed free family fun, including a silent disco, kids workshops and retro arcade games.

Remode Redesign ran fabric print workshops using a range of 80s games themed wooden blocks, while a silent disco saw two sets of music fans of all ages dance to different soundtracks through headsets.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the whole of the Renfrewshire area.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s display was nothing short of spectacular and it was great to see so many of the community come into the town centre to enjoy it.

“Seeing the fireworks against the back drop of Paisley Abbey really is something special and as we bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021 it’s a great reminder of how Paisley is capable of staging events such as this one.

“We were also delighted to pay special tributes to our fellow UK City of Culture 2021 rivals with a musical shout out at one of our biggest annual events.

“It seemed fitting to give a nod to them all – and to also mark our own home grown musical talent.”

The fireworks display follows the Halloween festival and parade in the town centre and precedes the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 18.

To hear the spectacular 80s fireworks soundtrack by DJ Gerry Lyons go to:  Fire 2017 Wav 16bit by gerry lyons

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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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Paisley to light up in annual fireworks spectacular

Thousands are expected to turn out to see Paisley’s historic skyline light up in the annual fireworks extravaganza this Saturday.

With Paisley the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2021, the 80s themed event will show the town knows how to stage a huge event, with a silent disco, kids workshops and retro arcade games.

The twenty minute fireworks spectacular will burst into life across the Paisley skies from 7pm, accompanied by an 80s soundtrack.

Radio Clyde DJs Callum Gallacher and Grant & Amber will be playing classics from the decade from 4pm, with George & Cassi also playing 80s classics from 6pm at Paisley Town Hall leading up to the dazzling display.

The funs starts in Paisley Town Hall from 2pm, with a series of free family activities throughout the afternoon.

Remode Redesign will run workshops where participants will print fabric using a range of 80s games themed wooden blocks and create their own pencil case or make up bag.

Numbers are limited to 20 per session and the free event starts at 2pm.

The 80s themed silent disco kicks off on the ground floor at 2pm, where two sets of music fans of all ages dance to different music played through headsets.

The sessions are suitable for all ages and will run throughout the afternoon.

At the end of each one, the best dressed 80s costume or best dancer will win a prize.

Kids drop in workshops start at 2pm in the Artmania zone, with crafts suitable for pre-schoolers to kids of Primary 4 and beyond.

All of the workshops should be booked through Eventbrite.

Arcade games will continue the 80s theme, with iconic favourites like Pac- Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong available to pit your skills against.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the whole of the Renfrewshire area.

The town is on the shortlist alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “It’s great to be able to showcase Paisley as a large scale events venue as we bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Big events like these show our proven capacity to host big crowds and Paisley town centre makes a unique venue, especially with the back drop of the Abbey.”

Residents should be aware that a series of road closures will be put in place from early on Saturday 4th November at Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street until after the event.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Bridge Street will be closed in places, while Abbey Close and the Lagoon South Car Park will be closed.

From 3.30pm, Seedhill Road  will be closed in places, with Causeyside Street to follow from 4.30pm onwards, while Mill Street will  be closed from Lonend to Bank Street from 6.45pm.

The fireworks display follows the Halloween festival and parade in the town centre and precedes the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 18.

For more information and to book go to: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/fireworks-spectacular/

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HALLOWEEN PARADE THIS SAT – NEW ROUTE FOR 2017!

Our spectacular Halloween Parade is always a festival highlight!
With a Fire Monster on a Paisley Chariot, the Spark! Drummers, LED lanterns, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Band and lots more colourful participants, this is one not to be missed.

Parade route: New Street – Causeyside Street – St Mirren Brae – Gauze Street- Cotton Street