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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.

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Top food and drink producers to attend Paisley Food Festival

The crème de la crème of Scotland’s food and drink producers will attend Paisley’s food fiesta this weekend.

Paisley Food Festival
Darrel Douglas from the Rum Shack

Visitors will be able to sample tasty treats from more than 30 street food traders and producers at the free Paisley Food Festival this Saturday 22 April at Abbey Close from 12 to 7pm.

Paisley Food Festival

Now in its third year, the festival will showcase the breadth of Scotland’s vibrant street food scene, with traders using the very best seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced produce in their dishes. This event also forms part of the push for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 which will be submitted at the end of the month.

The event is running alongside Scotland’s largest beer and ale festival, the 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival, which is run by Renfrewshire CAMRA, launched earlier this week and will be at Paisley Town Hall until Saturday 22 April.

Paisley Food Festival

The event has a wide selection of producers serving hand reared produce, including The Kitchen Farmer from Perthshire with their gourmet lamb burgers, and outdoor reared pork and apple burgers from Duntarrin Farm in Argyll. In addition Alba Seafood will be showcasing their delicious fresh smoked seafood and fishcakes while Geraldo’s of Largs will be offering the best in Scottish craft spirits to enjoy at home. For those with a sweet tooth there are exquisite French patisseries from les Plaisirs d’Odette and scrumptious cakes from the Three Sisters Bake.

Serena Durante, from Porrelli, said: This is the first time Porrelli has taken part in the festival and we’re really excited to serve our delicious Churros, it is something new that complements our ice cream well, and we know the visitors will love it! It’s a great event.”

Matthew Stevenson from Linburn’s Farm, said: “Some of the best food in Scotland is made right here in Renfrewshire and the festival gives us a chance to celebrate that. It also gives people the opportunity to try new foods from producers and traders from further afield.

“We are looking forward to serving up our famous Paisley Buddie burger which we’re sure will be popular on the day.”

David Cassidy, of Renfrewshire CAMRA, added: “We are all looking forward to this year’s beer festival, and the organisers are buzzing.

“The selection of beers will be bigger than ever – we have more than 200 real ales and another 100 or so beers at the foreign beer bar.

“We are also delighted to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of St Mirren’s 1987 cup win as part of our own 30th anniversary – many of the organisers are St Mirren fans so it’s great to be able to do that.”

Also confirmed to attend the event are Masterchef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean, who will host a series of cooking demonstrations, and CBeebies star Katy Ashworth who will entertain children and families throughout the day and give them the chance to participate in fun, interactive games, stories and sing-a-long songs. The Voice finalists Into the Ark are also confirmed as the headline music act for the event performing their first gig since appearing on the show.

Also taking place this week is Paisley Restaurant Week which is being delivered by local business improvement district Paisley First and will be running until 23 April, with discounts and deals available at eateries throughout the town centre including Cardosi’s, Hamishes Hoose and Saporito Restaurants.

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Paisley First artworks herald new arrivals at Paisley Gilmour Street

Paisley First is calling out to Paisley’s vibrant art scene once again, this time to produce artworks for four walls inside the town’s main train station.

Paisley First would like to commission four artists to produce separate artworks for the walls on the corridors to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Each wall is approximately 7m in length and 2m in height

We are looking for artists who can design, project manage and deliver an original high quality art work that will have a positive impact on the town and will engage those using the station.

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

“We are looking for artists who can design and produce a high quality artwork that reflects Paisley’s vibrant culture using rail travel as a point of departure.”

“The aim is to provide a welcoming environment for people using the station, brighten up a long corridor and to engage travellers.”

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: “I look forward to seeing the submissions from Paisley’s arts community. The station is such a central hub and reflecting the cityscape in murals around it is a great way to tell Paisley’s story to the millions of users.”

If you are interested in transforming this space into something amazing, then all you need to do is submit a sketch and a completed application form, please visit the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com for more details.

Proposals can be handed into the Paisley First office no later than 30th April 2017 or alternatively, artists can send their proposals electronically to ask@paisleyfirst.com .

Entrants must either work or live in Paisley, or have prominent links to the town.

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The new stars of Storie Street

The past and the future come together to celebrate Paisley’s proud heritage in latest mural

left to right – Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, seven year old Eva Rose Ross, artists Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy

The latest mural in the Paisley First Wall Series has been completed with one local youngster taking centre stage in promoting the town’s proud heritage.

Seven year old Eva Rose Ross from Paisley won the competition to be commemorated on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

seven year old Eva Rose Ross in front of the Storie Street mural

Local artist Caroline Gormley and co-artist Sandy Guy have been braving sunshine and snow for the last couple of weeks to complete the “Buddie” artwork.

Caroline said: “This mural encourages young people to be curious and to engage with their rich heritage. Hopefully, it will inspire them.”

Eva Rose, who attends St Fergus Primary School, said: “I love everything about Paisley and I still can’t believe that a mural of me is now part of the town.”

“I think it looks great and I am proud that I am playing my part in helping to promote Paisley as a great place to visit.”

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson added: “Both completed murals have received a really positive response and there are more in the pipeline.”

“They really are making a difference in the town and we can’t wait to see the reaction to the rest of the murals we have planned.”

the view of the mural from Storie Street

“Community art groups are also getting involved in some of the upcoming murals; 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.”

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

Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy with Eva Rose Ross and Gracie Sarah Cochrane

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “We were delighted to support Paisley First to produce these murals through our Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, which aims to boost the local creative scene as Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is lodged.”

“Mark Worst’s giant kingfisher on Johnston Street has been turning heads now for weeks, and this latest mural is a lovely piece of work by Caroline Gormley.”

“These murals aren’t just brightening up the town centre for residents and visitors, they are also shining a spotlight on some of the wonderful artistic talent we have here, and I congratulate all involved.”

Caroline’s artwork was originally inspired by an image she had seen of another seven year old, Gracie Sarah Cochrane.

Gracie and competition winner Eva Rose Ross exchanged gifts to mark the completion of the mural – Gracie gave Eva Rose a framed sketch of the image Caroline used to paint the youngster.

Eva Rose then gave Gracie a framed image of Caroline’s original sketch of Gracie when the artist first started to put together potential ideas for the wall.

 

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Winner of the Paisley First Mascot Competition Revealed!

The winner of the new Paisley First Mascot Design Competition has been revealed as ten year old Christopher McCall with his design…Paisley Lion!

winning design entry

Christopher, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.

Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire.

The new mascot will be used by Paisley First at events, performances and activities, all promoting Paisley town centre as a great place to live, work and visit.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell made a surprise visit to Christopher and his school friends this week to announce he had won the competition and award him with his prize…see the video at www.paisleyfirst.com

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson with Mascot winner Christopher McCall, teacher Michaela Lennon, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell and Williamsburgh Primary School Head teacher Nova Scott

“I am so happy,” said Christopher. “It took me about two days to create my design.”

“We had been talking in class with our teacher Miss Lennon about the lions which came to Paisley last year and then we started to talk about the Paisley pattern.”

“So I wanted my mascot to be about the lions and the Paisley pattern and I wanted my lion to be happy because Paisley is a happy place.”

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson agreed that these were all factors which helped Christopher’s entry stand out, saying: “All the entries were fantastic and it was a really difficult job to pick just one winner.”

“It was such a bright, colourful and happy picture and just had that positivity that we want to be associated with Paisley.”

Class teacher Miss Michaela Lennon, who helped the class with their entries to the competition, said: “I am not from Paisley so it was really interesting to talk to them about the town and its history.”

“They were all very excited when they were telling me about the Pride of Paisley so it’s clear the lions made a big impression on them all last year.”

Head teacher Nova Scott added; “The children all loved the lions last year and we have our very own school lion “Will.i.lion.”

“The children really enjoyed taking part in the mascot competition, it’s good to get them involved in what’s happening in the town.”

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 receives £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.

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.”

“This helps them take pride in their home town and this is why Christopher’s design made such a big impact on our judges.”

“We can’t wait to see Christopher’s design being brought to life and welcoming Paisley Lion to Paisley town centre in the near future.”

Paisley First would like to thank all the local school children, and their parents and teachers, who helped submit entries.

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The face of the next Paisley First Mural is revealed

The face of our next giant mural…and the winner is….

Seven year old Eva Rose Ross from Paisley has been announced as the face of the next Paisley First giant mural.

Renowned local artist Caroline Gormley will team up with artist Alexander Guy to complete the next mural in the Paisley First Wall Series.

Eva Rose was picked following the town’s Buddie competition, asking young people under 18 in Paisley to send in photographs in their best Buddie pose, as previously sketched by Caroline.

The youngster will be commemorated on the next giant mural on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

Caroline said:” I thought Eva Rose’s photograph was great. It was very natural…and I liked her attitude. She just seemed so carefree and happy.”

“This will be a great piece of public art. It’s really for the community.”

“It’s not just a nice picture. It will show how children are the future of Paisley and how younger generations will uphold the town’s heritage in the future.”

Eva Rose, who attends St Fergus Primary School, said: “I love Paisley and I am always telling everyone how great the town is.”

“I loved the Lions last year and now I can’t believe that I have won the competition to be on the wall.”

Proud mum Lee-Ann, who runs Uptown Barbers in the town’s High Street, said:” We are thrilled that Eva Rose has been chosen to be the face of the next mural. We are so happy for her.”

“She is a proud Paisley Buddie and always loves getting involved in anything going on in the town.”

Work is due to get underway on the wall at Storie Street today, Monday 20th March, with the project expected to take around two weeks to complete.

Paisley First’s Melanie Hughes who is leading the art murals project said:” We’ve had some fabulous entries from young people across Renfrewshire.  It’s great to see the community getting behind our murals and local children taking an interest in the town. There will be more community involvement in the future.”

left to right – Christopher Ross, Lee-Ann Redmond, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, Buddie Competition Winner Eva Rose Ross, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Caroline Gormley

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson added: “The murals are proving popular with visitors and Buddies alike and have become a real talking point.”

“Projects like this are a great way to get people involved in the regeneration of Paisley, improve the town’s image and get families back into the town centre.”

  • The first mural is situated at Johnston Street and depicts a kingfisher perched next to thread woven in between the branches, while the distinctive Coats Memorial Church appears in the background. This was completed by local artist Mark Worst with assistance from Ross Dinnett.
  • The Paisley First Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organisation comprised of over 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre. Businesses within a defined area work together and invest collectively in priority issues they themselves have identified and agreed upon.
  • There is a range of issues that BIDs across the world seek to address; from reducing business costs, making town centres safer and cleaner to introducing proactive marketing and promotional campaigns allied to events, creating new platforms for economic growth
  • There are 30 BIDs in existence in Scotland at present and many being developed across a range of sectors

 

 

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Paisley to celebrate trio of food and drink events

Paisley is getting set for a food and drink extravaganza next month – with three great events taking place over the same week.

(left to right) – David Cassidy (Renfrewshire CAMRA), Tony Fitzpatrick (St Mirren), Linsey Reith (Three Sisters Bake), Rachna Dheer, (Babu Bombay Street Kitchen), Jason Smith (The Bankhouse Bar) and Hollie Stark (Kilty Kilty’s)

The 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival – Scotland’s largest – will return for another year to Paisley Town Hall from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 April.

On the Saturday the Paisley Food Festival brings a one-day culinary carnival of street food from across the globe plus free family entertainment to Abbey Close.

And Paisley Restaurant Week, being delivered by local business improvement district Paisley First, runs from Saturday 15 to 23 April, with discounts and deals at eateries throughout the town centre.

The events are taking place one week before Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged with the UK Government.

The beer festival is organised by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, who are marking the event’s 30th anniversary by celebrating St Mirren’s 1987 Scottish Cup win – which took place on the same day as the first festival – on their logo and pint glasses.

To promote the event, beer festival organisers were joined by St Mirren chief executive and 1987 cup-winner Tony Fitzpatrick, plus some of the vendors from the food festival, and local businesses taking part in Paisley Restaurant Week.

David Cassidy of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “When we first started we had no idea we would still be going 30 years on – back then we just had 30 beers and one hall.

“Now we are the biggest real ale festival in Scotland with more than 250 beers over three bars, plus a cider bar and foreign beer bar.

“A few of us are St Mirren fans and it was an easy decision to celebrate the link with the 1987 team in this year’s festival. We also want to thank our sponsors, the Bungalow Bar and Callum’s Cavern.”

The food festival is run by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place for the third time, as part of the area’s major events programme, which aims to attract visitors to the town centre and showcase it as a vibrant destination, alongside the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

It will run from noon to 7pm and will include a wide range of food vendors, from global cuisine to the best of the Scottish larder, with smaller-sized portions at reduced prices for children, and all dietary options catered for. There will also be live music, children’s entertainment, cookery demos and workshops and more – all free.

Rachna Dheer of Babu Bombay Street Kitchen said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Paisley Food Festival – we’ve done a lot of these events and they are a great way for people to try lots of new things.”

Paisley Restaurant Week is running for a second year and will be backed by more than 20 businesses in the town centre.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First manager, said: “Paisley town centre has a wide range of fantastic restaurants and cafes to suit every taste and budget, and during restaurant week these businesses are putting on some amazing deals which can be found on our website, so don’t miss out on Paisley culinary delights and visit Paisley”.

You can find more information on Paisley Food Festival at www.paisley2021.co.uk, on the beer festival at www.paisleybeerfestival.co.uk and on the restaurant week at www.paisleyfirst.com

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The Pride of Paisley…The Lion roars again!

A Lion is on its way back to Paisley this summer…and the hunt is on for a local artist to help bring back the magic back to life.

Following the success of the Pride of Paisley Public Art Trail during the summer of 2016, Paisley First has been donated a lion by local company MacAsphalt.

Now Paisley First is looking to commission a local artist to name and paint this Lion which will take pride of place in Paisley town centre.

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.

Paisley Love Buddie was the most sought after lion fetching a magnificent £6500.

Paisley First is welcoming submissions from artists with the theme “Inspired by the town of Paisley and its people”.

Paisley First Vice Chairman David Wallace said: “The Pride of Paisley was a huge success for everyone involved and was enjoyed by both visitors to Paisley and Buddies alike. This will be a fitting tribute to ensure the public art trail is remembered for years to come.”

David added: “We are excited to see the designs that are submitted and looking forward to the Lion joining the town’s other famous landmarks.”

Application packs can be downloaded from the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com  and the closing date is 5pm on 3rd April 2017.