Paisley’s Business Improvement District

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Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun continues this weekend at Johnston Street!

Paisley’s First’s Summer Festival of Fun brought a Frozen Singalong to the town centre last Saturday.

 

Kids of all ages were treated to an appearance by “Elsa” singing kids favourites such as Let it Go and For the First Time in Forever as well as a few other classic Disney hits.

Buddie the Paisley Lion led the dancing and both Buddie and Elsa posed for photographs with some young fans afterwards.

There was also an arts and craft session where kids of all ages were able to make their own musical inspired crafts..

Then it was time for a band showcase by indie pop outfit Twenty Four and then Chesko Gonzalezc, a Latin acoustic band.

The fun continues this Saturday, 12th August, when the Summer Festival moves to the town’s Johnston Street, off Causeyside Street.

Heat 3 of Paisley’s Got Talent will be taking place at Johnston Street starting at 1 pm. Who will be the last contestants to book their place in the Grand Final, and be in with a chance to win the £1,000.00 star prize?
Judges this week will include up-and-coming Paisley singer-songwriter Lisa Kowalski.

But before our Paisley’s Got Talent contest gets underway, Pirate Pete will kick off the fun at Johnston Street at 11.30am!

Plus there will be face painting, balloon modelling and goodies for the children!

It’s an event not to be missed so get along to Johnston Street this Saturday!

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Welcome to Paisley – Completed mural heralds new arrival at Gilmour Street

Paisley’s vibrant art scene has welcomed a new arrival to the town with the completion of a Paisley First mural inside the town’s main train station.

L-R – Artist Sandy Guy with Heather Collins, ScotRail Alliance’s Station Manager for Paisley, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Caroline Gormley

Paisley First, with the support of the Scotrail Alliance, commissioned local artist Caroline Gormley to produce an artwork for a wall on the corridor to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Commuters and visitors to the town have been amazed as they watched the transformation during the summer as Caroline and co-artist Sandy Guy worked tirelessly on the wall.

The talented duo have painted iconic people, places and historic moments from the town’s past – everything from a mill girl, a burning witch and Gerry Rafferty to Fulton Mackay, the Russell Institute and the Hillman Imp car.

Braveheart William Wallace and Caroline’s previous Buddie artwork are also highlighted.

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

“Caroline and Sandy’s hard work has had visitors to the town captivated as they watched it develop day by day.”

“The finished work is amazing and it’s a great way to tell Paisley’s story while providing a warm Paisley welcome for people using the station from near and far.”

The project came to fruition thanks to the support of station managers, the ScotRail Alliance.

Heather Collins, the ScotRail Alliance’s Station Manager for Paisley, said: “The station team at Paisley, along with myself and all the train crews who pass through, love this mural.

“It brings Paisley’s heritage and famous residents to life and tells the town’s story to the many rail travellers who use the station every year. Well done to Caroline and Sandy.”

Artist Caroline Gormley, who completed the work with co-artist Sandy Guy, 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.”

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Paisley Got Talent Auditions at County Square tomorrow

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there will be total of twelve acts performing with an age range of 8-38 years old. There is something for everyone ranging from singers, dancers, guitarists and even a ukulele player.

Get on down to County Square tomorrow where the fun will kick off from 11am when Tickles the Clown (Insert photo) will be there to entertain the younger buddies before the main attraction of the day – the second heat of Paisley’s Got Talent  where Big Al will be on stage to introduce the next twelve entrants to our competition.

Come along and show your support for our very own talented Paisley Buddies, all vying for the Paisley’s Got Talent trophy and Grand Final Prize of £1000 – still time to get your entries in for the final heat on 12th August!!

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Buddie (Insert photo), the Paisley First Mascot will also be making appearances throughout the day to entertain the audience and provide photo opportunities. Kirsty will also be present between 12-3pm for face-painting and balloon modeling for all our younger little Buddies. The day will end with an acoustic set on stage until 4.30 pm.

 

Come on down to our Summer Spree, have some fun, and all for FREE!!!!

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Paisley is the place to be this summer – free fun for all the family!

As part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017, there will be everything from children’s entertainers, live music and story-telling taking place at County Square starting this Saturday, 8th July from 10.30am until 5pm.

This Saturday, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, Cheeko the Clown will be entertaining kids of all ages with balloons galore and more than a few tricks up his sleeve!

From 1.30pm until 3pm, Paisley band The Spuds will be providing music to our ears.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will be a children’s DJ and disco for those who just want to dance dance dance – from 3pm to 5pm!

Buddie the Paisley Lion, Paisley First’s mascot, is also planning to make an appearance!

So if you want some free family entertainment while shopping or popping into town for lunch, head to Paisley this Saturday.

You can also check out the Paisley First murals – with the fantastic artworks now at Johnston Street, Lady Lane, Lawn Street and Storie Street.

Plus you can see the fabulous artwork in progress by local artist Caroline Gormley and Sandy Guy at Paisley Gilmour Street Railway station – what a welcome to Paisley!

There’s also still time to enter our fabulous contest – Paisley’s Got Talent!

We have had loads of entries already but there’s still time for more, headto http://www.paisleyfirst.com/projects/paisleys-got-talent/ for more details.

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!

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Unleashing Paisley Potential – Makers Space comes to Paisley

Paisley First is putting the finishing touches to a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector with the creation of a dedicated Makers Space.

This exciting new project will unleash Paisley potential by providing local artisans, artists or traders with a physical space for open collaboration, idea creation, prototyping and even selling.

The maker space will provide spaces where members share available tools and resources, and a dedicated space whereby parties can sell their arts, crafts and wares to the general public.

Members will draw inspiration from their peers to create a support network – the key to success for any budding entrepreneur!

Paisley First has secured the use of the former church at 5 Wellmeadow Street.

Renovation works are due to begin during July and the first makers are scheduled to move in at the end of September.

Spaces will be available on easy terms and we aim to have the site bustling with a wide variety of artisans by the end of this year.

With a showroom and sales area on site, Paisley First intends to market unique hand made products and bring an increased level of footfall to the High Street which will benefit all traders within the town centre.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting new venture then visit www.paisleyfirst.com for further details and to complete an initial enquiry form to register interest in securing a space.

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Work is completed at Lady Lane Mural

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has completed the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

Pictured left to right – Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron, Sharon Breen of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, David Eagle of Co-op Funeralcare, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Kevin Cantwell

This stunning work 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.

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare who own the wall which now proudly displays the mural, 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 delighted with it as we are.’’

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “Kevin is a well-known artist in Paisley whose commissions are always popular thanks to the level of detail in his work and the same rings true at Lady Lane, it really is beautiful.”

“We were delighted to be able to bring a mural to Lady Lane, it’s really important that the benefit of these murals is spread throughout the whole town centre.”

Artist Kevin Cantwell said: “It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really do 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.

Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, said: “We are delighted to be working with Paisley First to create these stunning murals through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.”

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is to showcase the creative talent within the town and highlight Paisley’s unique story to residents and visitors alike. The latest mural at Lady Lane by popular local artist Kevin Cantwell does just that.”

“The existing murals in the town are fantastic examples of how culture can brighten up our everyday surroundings and I believe this new artwork will help encourage people to explore the amazing sights around Paisley.”

This is 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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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.