Paisley’s Business Improvement District

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Paisley’s Got Talent – will you be our winner this summer?

We all know that Buddies are a talented bunch but do you have what it takes to win the Paisley First crown this summer? 

As part of our Saturday schedule of free entertainment in the town centre during the school holidays, we are launching a talent competition to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield! 

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley so whatever your talent, you need to be in it to win it!

Entry forms are available online now at www.paisleyfirst.com 

Entries can be made by individuals or groups and can include comedians, singers, dancers, magicians and anything else you believe is a special talent you want to share! 

The first heat will be taking place on Saturday 15th July at 1.30pm in the town’s County Square with further heats taking place on Saturday 29th July and Saturday 12th August 2017. 

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 26th August 2017 with cash prizes to be won! 

To take part, you must be a resident of Renfrewshire and not part of a professional act. 

Participants under the age of sixteen will need a parent or guardian’s written permission to take part. 

First prize will be £1,000.00 cash with all finalists receiving £250.00! 

The competition is just one of a number of events in Paisley this summer as part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017! 

Children’s entertainers, live music and story-telling will be taking place every Saturday from 8th July until 26th August from 10.30am until 5pm.

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Paisley First artwork to herald new arrival at Paisley Gilmour Street

Paisley’s vibrant art scene will shortly welcome a new arrival to the town with a new arts project about to get underway inside the town’s main train station.

 Paisley First, with the support of the Scotrail Alliance, has commissioned local artist Caroline Gormley to produce the first artwork for the walls on the corridors to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Paisley First was inundated with entries for the walls but Caroline’s winning design emerged as a clear favourite among Gilmour Street station staff.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said: “More than four million passengers pass through Gilmour Street, the town’s largest railway station, every year.”

“Caroline is a well-known local artist who most recently completed the fantastic Buddie mural for the Paisley First Wall Series on Storie Street.”

“We can’t wait to see her finished design which will provide a warm Paisley welcome for people using the station from near and far.”

The project is on track thanks to the support of station managers, the ScotRail Alliance.

Heather Collins, the ScotRail Alliance’s Station Manager for Paisley, said: “We want our stations to be vibrant and welcoming and Caroline’s artwork is going to enhance the walls in Gilmour Street so much.”

“Rail travellers will get a flavour of the heritage of Paisley and its importance to residents in the town.”

“We’re all looking forward to seeing it completed.”

Artist Caroline Gormley, who will work with co-artist Sandy Guy on the wall, said: “First port of call is getting on the train that brings you to Gilmour Street station, the gateway to Paisley and its vibrant culture, which will definitely give you something to write home about.”

“It’s a celebration of Paisley people, their vision, enthusiasm, positivity, determination, humour and hard work.”

“Paisley wouldn’t have heritage if it wasn’t for the people of the town, this has been the case throughout our history and it continues today. The use of the postcard was to add an element of humour, also the postcard may be seen as a thing of the past when it comes to communication but people have to look to their past in order to create a better, brighter future.”

“Today now is tomorrow’s history.”

Work is expected to begin at the wall inside the station next week with no disruption to commuters.

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Paisley artist begins work on next Paisley First mural at Lady Lane

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has been chosen to take charge of the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

Kevin’s design was judged to have met the brief for the wall at the side of the Co-op Funeralcare premises and perfectly encapsulated the spirit and tone that the wall owners were looking for.

The concept incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said:” Kevin is a well-known and well respected artist in Paisley whose painted lions for the Pride of Paisley proved very popular thanks to the level of detail in his work.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing Kevin’s winning design come to life at Lady Lane.”

“It’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre and we hope this will encourage people to take a closer look at all Paisley has to offer.”

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare said: “We were delighted when our funeral home was identified as the next location for a mural and it’s been great to be involved with such an inspiring community project.”

‘’Community is at the heart of Co-op and we’re always happy to support such incredible local talent. The mural truly represents the roots of Paisley and we hope the residents are as pleased with it as we are.’’

Artist Kevin Cantwell, who has already commenced work at the site, said: “It feels great to be selected to complete the artwork for this mural.”

“It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really add to the vibrancy of the town.”

“It’s always great to see art bringing happiness to people and making them smile.”

The Paisley First Walls Series  is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these murals through the Culture Heritage and Events Fund. The project is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.”

“The existing murals are great examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings, and this design is another which helps show off Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike.”

This will be the fourth mural in the Paisley First Walls Series with the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street and Lawn Street already boasting artworks which are attracting visitors to the town.

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The Paisley First Mascot revealed

The new Paisley First Mascot has been revealed to the Paisley school boy who helped bring him to life.

 

Eleven year old Christopher McCall, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, won the mascot competition earlier this year with his design…Paisley Lion!

 

Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire but Christopher impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.

Paisley Lion, already earning the nickname Buddie, will make his first public appearance at St Vincent’s Hospice CarFest in the town centre this Saturday.

But before then, he popped into Williamsburgh Primary School to say hello to Christopher and his classmates.

So what did Christopher think of his creation?

Christopher said: “He looks great, I can’t believe how much he looks like my drawing.”

“I can’t wait to be in Paisley town centre and be able to see him walking about, he looks fantastic!”

Head teacher Nova Scott said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Christopher and it’s great to see all his hard work has paid off.”

“We’re so proud of Christopher and thrilled that he has helped put Williamsburgh Primary School on the map.”

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said:” It’s important to involve the children in all the positive projects we are working on to bring more people to the town centre.”

“Thanks to Christopher, we now have a fantastic new member of the Paisley First team.”

“We’re looking forward to seeing him at events throughout the town, starting with CarFest this Saturday and then our free programme of entertainment taking place in the town every Saturday during the school summer holidays.”

As well as being able to see his mascot design brought to life, Christopher received a £25.00 prize and as the winning school, Williamsburgh Primary School Parent Teacher Association also received a cheque for £200.00.

Three runners up also received prizes of £15.00 each – Jack Dunn of Wallace Primary School and Erin Clark and Lily Belle McEwan of Williamsburgh Primary School.

This is the fourth year of St. Vincent’s Hospice CarFest but its first visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting the Hospice in Howwood. There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and even a land train!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle.

Organised by MaxSafe Solutions and sponsored by Paisley First, the cars will be on show at locations including County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Made in the Mill mural takes centre stage in the town’s Lawn Street

The latest mural in the Paisley First Walls Series has been completed in the town’s Lawn Street with a message from one of the town’s community groups taking centre stage.

Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, Alastair Marshall and Mandi Cowan from Made in the Mill, artist Duncan Wilson, NHS Creative Arts Co-ordinator Sarah Grant with Made in the Mill’s Derek Collins and Paisley First Vice Chair David Wallace

Made in the Mill worked with Paisley based artist Duncan Wilson to create a design concept which raises awareness of mental health.

The group, an artists’ collective based in Mile End Mill Paisley and supported by the NHS, works with artists who use art and creativity as part of their recovery.

Artist Duncan Wilson, who completed the mural in just 10 days, said: “I always enjoy working outside on murals, it’s a great opportunity to talk to passers-by and local businesses about the project and to hear their positive feedback about how the mural’s developing.”

“I hope it also gives a voice to all the participants at Made in the Mill who took part in creating the design and that it conveys the message they wanted to share with Paisley.”

Sarah Grant, Creative Arts Co-ordinator with the NHS Network Service, who supports Made in the Mill, said: “‘The NHS and Made in the Mill are delighted with the mural – it looks amazing! It conveys a great message about recovery, which came directly from the group and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.”

“We hope that everyone will connect with the message of ‘getting your head above the clouds’ and taking time out to relax and breathe.”

“Made in the Mill promotes creativity in recovery and the members of the group have spent several weeks, working with artist Duncan Wilson, to develop their ideas.”

“The group have loved the opportunity to be involved in such a public piece of art and are so pleased with the outcome and the wonderful job that Duncan has done.”

Mandi Cowan from Made in the Mill, who came up with the initial concept, said: “Stop and take a breath, it just helps anybody with everyday life.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “I am sure this latest mural will prove yet another great talking point for the people of Paisley and visitors to the town.”

“Each mural has its own distinct theme and it’s great to see our community groups tackling the big issues and sending out such a strong message.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The existing murals already make wonderful additions to the town centre and we are delighted to have helped Paisley First fund this great project.”

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid is to create opportunities to harness the power of culture makes people’s lives better – involvement in cultural activity has a proven impact on health and well-being.”
“For this latest mural to be raising awareness of mental health issues is a perfect way to bring that message to life.”

This is the third Paisley First mural with two other murals on the town’s Storie Street and Johnston Street also attracting visitors to the town.

Work on the fourth mural in the series is expected to get underway at Lady Lane next week.

 

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The Pride of Paisley…our new lion landmark

A Lion legacy has taken pride of place in Paisley town centre.

Superbia

With the theme “Inspired by the town of Paisley and its people”, local artist Maureen Rocksmoore was commissioned to bring her colourful design “Superbia – our pride is our strength” to life as a permanent lion landmark.

Superbia has now taken its place among the rest of the town’s landmarks near the Cenotaph on High Street.

Maureen, a renowned visual arts specialist born and living in Paisley, created a design inspired by Paisley’s history of design and manufacturing which is renowned throughout the world.

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “Maureen’s design is rich and vibrant and really encapsulates the real spirit of the Pride of Paisley which was enjoyed by thousands of visitors to Paisley last year.”

“We are thrilled to see a permanent lion legacy take its place among the town’s other famous landmarks.”

Maureen said: “The blue pattern throughout my design represents the River Cart running through the heart of the town.”

“While the proud peacock, a symbol of Paisley pride is a common feature in shawls and the cotton threads carried by birds symbolises how far Paisley’s reputation has travelled throughout the world.”

Initially unpainted, this lion was donated to Paisley First by local company MacAsphalt.

David added: “We are extremely grateful to Jamie Crumlish of MacAsphalt, who bought four painted lions at the auction and also kindly donated three unpainted lions, one each, to both hospices and Paisley First.”

The Pride of Paisley 2016 consisted of 25 full sized lions which were painted by artists and 40 mini lions which were painted by local school children.

The event was visited by more than 20,000 people with the 25 larger  lions then auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.

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Made in the Mill – Community group inspires next Paisley First mural

Work on the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series is underway in the town’s Lawn Street thanks to the creativity of one of the town’s community groups.

Made in the Mill worked with Paisley based artist Duncan Wilson to create a design concept which raises awareness of mental health.

The group, an artists’ collective based in Mile End Mill Paisley and supported by the NHS, works with artists who use art and creativity as part of their recovery.

Sarah Grant, Creative Arts Co-ordinator with the NHS Network Service, who supports

Made in the Mill, said: “The mural was designed to represent recovery and the clients involved liked the symbolic image of ‘getting your head above the clouds’.

The words ‘and breathe’ were chosen as a relaxing, open message about wellbeing which could apply to everyone.”

Artist Duncan Wilson said: “It’s great to be part of Paisley First’s Walls series and I’d just like to thank the participants of Made in the Mill for their creativity and input into developing this mural, it has been a pleasure working with them.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “It’s really important that community groups are involved in these projects; these murals are for the people of Paisley, by the people of Paisley.”

“This is just one of a number of projects aimed at getting local people actively involved in what’s happening in their home town.”

This is the third Paisley First mural with two other murals on the town’s Storie Street and Johnston Street also attracting visitors to the town.

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “The existing murals already make wonderful additions to the town centre and we are delighted to have helped Paisley First fund this great project.

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid is to create opportunities to harness the power of culture makes people’s lives better – involvement in cultural activity has a proven impact on health and well-being.

“For this latest mural to be raising awareness of mental health issues is a perfect way to bring that message to life.”

After Lawn Street, work on the fourth mural will get underway at Lady Lane with the winning design for this location, which was open to Renfrewshire’s creative community, due to be announced shortly.

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The Pride of Paisley…work set to begin on our latest lion landmark

A Lion is on its way back to Paisley this summer…and a local artist has been chosen to bring the lion magic back to life.

the winning design

With the theme “Inspired by the town of Paisley and its people”, our judges have chosen Maureen Rocksmoore and her colourful design “Superbia – our pride is our strength” as the perfect lion legacy for Paisley town centre.

Maureen, a renowned visual arts specialist born and living in Paisley, has already taken delivery and will soon begin artwork on the lion which will take pride of place in the town.

Pic of Maureen – photo taken by Andy Bell

Maureen’s design is inspired by Paisley’s history of design and manufacturing which is renowned throughout the world.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “Maureen has several artist residencies in Renfrewshire and has exhibited her work internationally, she was also involved in the Pride of Paisley last year.”

“Her design for this lion was rich and vibrant and encapsulated the real spirit of the Pride of Paisley which was enjoyed by both Buddies and visitors to Paisley.”

“We are all excited to see Maureen’s design brought to life and looking forward to the lion taking its place among the town’s other famous landmarks.”

Maureen said: “The blue pattern throughout my design represents the River Cart running through the heart of the town.”

“While the proud peacock, a symbol of Paisley pride is a common feature in shawls and the cotton threads carried by birds symbolises how far Paisley’s reputation has travelled throughout the world.”

This unpainted lion was donated to Paisley First by local company MacAsphalt.

Ian added: “We are extremely grateful to Jamie Crumlish of MacAsphalt, who bought four painted lions at the auction and also kindly donated three unpainted lions, one each, to both hospices and Paisley First.”

The Pride of Paisley 2016 consisted of 25 full sized lions which were painted by artists and 40 mini lions which were painted by local school children.

The event was visited by more than 20,000 people with the 25 larger  lions then auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.

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Young footie stars on the run to raise cash

YOUNGSTERS from a Paisley youth football team are right on the ball when it comes to raising money for club funds.

St Peter’s Boys Club 2006 team who have singed up en masse for the Fun Run after the Paisley 10k Race.

The St Peter’s Boys Club 2006 team is the first large group to sign up for the Fun Run that takes place immediately after the Paisley 10k Race, on Sunday August 20.

There will be 44 boys and adults representing the club taking part.

This is the fourth year the St Peter’s lads have taken part in the Fun Run and club officials are hoping to raise as much as £1000 to help pay for football kit and the cost of running the successful team.

Now other football teams and sports clubs are being encouraged to do the same and join in the fundraising bonanza by being sponsored to complete the Fun Run course around Paisley town centre.

Anyone can now register for the Paisley 10k Race or Fun Run, which is sponsored by sports and outdoor retailer, Decathlon. Last year 3000 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10k Race and hundreds more followed in the Fun Run.

Joyce McKellar is chief executive of Renfrew Leisure who are organising the Paisley 10k and Fun Run in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council. She said:

“Taking part in the Fun Run is a great way to raise money for sports clubs and good causes.
“Not only will it bring in much needed cash to help run sports clubs, it’s fun for team members to do something different and everyone enjoys taking part.
“Well done to the boys from St Peter’s for doing the Fun Run for the fourth time and I hope they get lots of sponsorship from family and friends for their efforts.”

You can register for the race by logging on to renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

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CarFest is coming to Paisley town centre this June!

St Vincent’s Hospice are bringing CarFest into Paisley town centre this summer for a motoring extravaganza not to be missed!

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and even a land train!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle.

Caledonian Pipe Band of Edinburgh

Organised by MaxSafe Solutions and sponsored by Paisley First, the event will take place in Paisley town centre on Saturday 17th June and offers free entertainment for all the family.

This is the fourth year of St. Vincent’s Hospice CarFest but its first visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting the hospice in Howwood.

There were cars and bikes, and the St Vincent’s Hospice mascot “Vinnie” as all proceeds from the event itself on 17th June will be going to the hospice.
Pictured is Innes 2 and Joe 4 Jagger from Bishopton

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre.”

“It will be a great day out for all the family and I am sure all the local businesses will join in the fun too, all in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We are very excited to hold this event in Paisley for the first time.”

“We look forward to meeting old friends and new at this fabulous event. Everyone at the hospice is truly grateful for all the support from our local communities.”

Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions said: ““Having set up the initial CarFest a few years ago, after speaking with the fundraising team at the hospice during one of our training courses, I came up with the idea of hosting a show at the hospice.”

“It has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years. Everyone has loved it.”

“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is exceptional. What better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.”

The event on Saturday 17th June will kick off with a procession of more than 100 cars taking part from Renfrew Road into the town centre at 8.30am.

The cars will then be on show at locations including County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.