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Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

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Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

Thousands helped Paisley celebrate one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – Sma’ Shot Day – with a weekend of history and heritage.

Costume-clad kids, street performers and families joined the parade led by the Charleston Drum – the traditional means of calling the weavers out for their annual festival.

An afternoon-long party of live music and entertainment took place on Abbey Close – featuring performances from PACE youth theatre and Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 – all building up to the traditional Burning of the Cork.

The festival began in 1856 after the Paisley weavers won their dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for the Sma’ Shot – a hidden cotton thread that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.

It’s one of Paisley’s most spectacular stories and couldn’t be better timed as a new campaign – What’s Our Story? – is launched asking local people to share what makes Paisley and Renfrewshire great and help transform the region’s image.

The campaign aims to capture the everyday moments and tales that make the area one of Britain’s most exciting and diverse to live in.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall says: “Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic piece of history for the town and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“In celebrating the struggle of the Paisley weavers to receive rightful compensation from their employers – the manufacturers of the Paisley Pattern shawls – it’s an event that shows we are renowned as passionate, radical people.

“Sma’ Shot is just one of the town’s stories and we know there are lots more the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have to tell. What’s Our Story? is all about capturing the full, authentic warmth and vibrancy of local people.

“A new brand for Renfrewshire must come from the people who live, work and study here. It is for that reason twe are asking everyone in Renfrewshire for their help.”

The weekend’s entertainment continued with the popular poetry slam and two radical theatre productions – From the Calton to Catalonia and specially-commissioned Silver Threads.

Sma’ Shot Day is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

To submit your story about Paisley or Renfrewshire, visit WhatsOurStory.co.uk, share your story on social media using #MyStoryMyTown or complete one of the comments cards.

 

 

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Thanks to warrenmedia for the images.

Paisley 2021

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town’s unique and fascinating story to transform its future – by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people’s lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at www.paisley2021.co.uk.

Sma’ Shot Day

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley Patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day

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An Evening with Michael Foale CBE

Live with Paisley Community Trust and Astronaut Michael Foale CBE at Paisley Arts centre.
Jump to 15 minutes in to see the start of the show.

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The Last Man on the Moon Gene Cernan and Michael Foale live in Paisley

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Captain Gene Cernan speaks to the audience at Paisley Arts Centre live from Houston, Texas after the showing of The Last Man on the Moon in the venue.

The questions are hosted by Astronaut Michael Foale and ISSET the evening is arranged by Paisley Community Trust.

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Tribute for Prince Birthday

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Paisley Abbey Medieval Fayre Photographs

Paisley Abbey Close transforms into a medieval campsite for the day. Featuring weaponry demonstrations, live falconry displays, an outdoor hog roast, medieval storytelling and fun for all of the family.

Photographs by Tracey Clements for paisley.org.uk

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Paisley Scout Duck Race 2016 Photographs and Video

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley & District Scouts will host their annual charity duck race. This year’s event is raising funds for the Brightest Star and local Scouting.

The duck race has benefited in past years from local businesses and organisations providing pro-bono support or buying corporate ducks (£100 each, still some left…). This year is no exception and we are delighted the McCallum School of Music are supporting this year’s event by managing and securing the performances on the day.

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Paisley & District Scouts will host their annual charity Duck Race Photographs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley & District Scouts will host their annual charity duck race. This year’s event is raising funds for the Brightest Star and local Scouting.

The duck race has benefited in past years from local businesses and organisations providing pro-bono support or buying corporate ducks (£100 each, still some left…). This year is no exception and we are delighted the McCallum School of Music are supporting this year’s event by managing and securing the performances on the day.

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British Pipe Band Championships Paisley 21st May 2016 Photographs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The May date is the first major championship of the year so this event will attract many of the best bands in the world

“Paisley has a fantastic location and we are delighted to be bringing this event to the town over the next three years.Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The announcement that this internationally-renowned event is coming to Paisley is tremendous news.

“Paisley is establishing itself as a top events centre having hosted the Royal National Mòd, cultural festivals such as Bring It All Home and The Spree, and the highly popular Fireworks Display, and Christmas Lights Switch-On events.

“Our expanding events calendar, aligned to our broader regeneration programme for Paisley, will only become more important as we move towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Paisley’s piping links are well known as the town already hosts a popular and successful pipe band competition and that will continue.

 

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British Pipe Band Championships Paisley 21st May 2016 Photographs

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The May date is the first major championship of the year so this event will attract many of the best bands in the world

“Paisley has a fantastic location and we are delighted to be bringing this event to the town over the next three years.Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The announcement that this internationally-renowned event is coming to Paisley is tremendous news.

“Paisley is establishing itself as a top events centre having hosted the Royal National Mòd, cultural festivals such as Bring It All Home and The Spree, and the highly popular Fireworks Display, and Christmas Lights Switch-On events.

“Our expanding events calendar, aligned to our broader regeneration programme for Paisley, will only become more important as we move towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Paisley’s piping links are well known as the town already hosts a popular and successful pipe band competition and that will continue.

 

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Paisley2021 Campaign Launch Photographs

Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions had a resounding public show of support at the launch of a new drive to let everyone connected to the town take their place at the heart of the bid.

Here are some photographs taken on Thursday of the launch for the brand book. To download a full version of the brand book including usable marketing material, logos and information about the bid, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk/get-involved

Many thanks to David Weir of Paisley.org.uk for taking the photographs.