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Twin town band bring their big brass sound

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Twin town band bring their big brass sound

A 30-strong band from Renfrewshire’s Danish ‘twin town’ will bring their big brass sound to the area next week.

The FDF Gladsaxe Brass Band will play two free lunchtime concerts in Paisley.

The band will play Paisley Abbey on Monday 15 July (12.30pm – 1.30pm) and the town’s Cenotaph on Friday 19 July (12.30pm – 1.30pm).

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

The 30-strong band has toured extensively around Europe and is a previous winner of their national brass band championships.

Depute Provost John Caldwell is preparing to welcome the band and said: “I’d like to extend them a warm welcome and, hopefully, the weather is going to do the same!

“Brass bands are incredibly popular in this country, with a strong culture of brass brand participation in our industrial towns and villages. It will be so interesting and enjoyable to hear a band from another country playing.

“The abbey is such a stunning venue for concerts and I’m sure the band will sound excellent in these surroundings.”

“This is another great example of the cultural exchange that can take place when areas across Europe twin with each other.”

Both concerts are free to attend with locals encouraged to simply turn up on the day

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Inaugural Thomson 787 Dreamliner flight takes off from Glasgow Airport

Inaugural Thomson 787 Dreamliner flight takes off from Glasgow Airport

Monday 8 July 2013: Thomson Airways, the first UK airline to fly the new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner today celebrated the departure of the inaugural long haul flight to Cancun, Mexico from Glasgow airport.

thomson1Thomson operated flight TOM 518 with its brand new 787 plane which departed Glasgow Airport at 09:40am with 291 customers on board – its first ever transatlantic flight since taking delivery in May. The occasion was celebrated in true Scottish style with customers welcomed at the gate with bagpipers and Highland dancers.

The Dreamliner is set to revolutionise air travel and leave holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before, with comfort and wellbeing features on-board reducing the effects of jet-lag. It can also fly much further distances than similar-sized aircraft and is more environmentally friendly, using 20% less fuel.

Thomson Airways will fly the state-of-the-art aircraft from Glasgow on long haul routes to Sanford, Florida and Cancun in Mexico, and will add Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to its service from summer 2014. The aircraft will also fly from London Gatwick, Manchester and East Midlands airports.

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways comments: “After much anticipation we are delighted to welcome the 787 Dreamliner to Glasgow. This is a key milestone for the company and as the first airline in the UK to take delivery we hope our customers will enjoy the unique experience of this revolutionary aircraft.

“The introduction of the Dreamliner is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience. Customers travelling from Glasgow will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service – all of which will ensure the Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.

“The extended flying range of the Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, increasing the range of long haul destinations available with Thomson Airways, from four UK airports this summer.”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner is a tremendous honour and something we’re extremely proud of. Not only with the new state-of-the-art aircraft offer passengers a unique flying experience, it will open up new possibilities for the long haul market from Glasgow Airport and we are looking forward to working with Thomson to ensure the Dreamliner realises its full potential.”

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is exciting to see the 787 Dreamliner make its first flight from Scotland and I am sure that all of those on board will have the best start to their holiday.

“We want to see more direct long haul flights from Scottish airports and having this state of the art aircraft depart from Glasgow is very encouraging, especially as this aircraft is suited to routes from regional airports because of its long range.”


Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Glasgow Airport has a proud history of pioneering aviation developments and this is another important milestone. The first flight of the Dreamliner in Scotland is a notable event in itself and, in the longer term, will boost travel options for passengers and strengthen the economic impact of Glasgow Airport in the regional and national economy. This is very positive news.”

The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers. Premium Club will seat 47 in a 2-3-2 configuration, each with a 38” pitch, and Economy Club will seat 244 in a 3-3-3 configuration, each with an industry leading 33” or 34” pitch.

Thomson Airways will be taking delivery of eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners in total, up to May 2015. Thomson’s first long-haul Dreamliner flights will operate from Manchester to Florida and Glasgow to Cancun, today, 8th July.

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Fun in the sun as Sma’ Shot Day celebrated

Fun in the sun as Sma’ Shot Day celebrated

Renfrewshire residents had fun in the sun when the area’s big summer event calendar continued with Sma’ Shot Day.

Around 2,000 people gathered in Paisley town centre for the popular annual day out, designed to celebrate the 19th-century mill workers’ victory over their bosses in an industrial dispute.

The day kicked off at noon with the annual parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, headed by the familiar pounding of the Charleston Drum, carried by Freeman of Renfrewshire Tony Lawler.

The parade was joined for part of the route by St Mirren mascot Paisley Panda, who brought with him the League Cup.

At Abbey Close, speakers including Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell addressed the crowds, before DJs from Pulse FM took over the stage to provide entertainment.

Visitors were able to enjoy funfair rides, charity stalls, bouncy castle, craft market and mini-farm.

There was also a tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, and a film and display at Central Library on the life of celebrated Paisley trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

The day culminated, as always, with the spectacular Burning of the Cork – an effigy of a mill owner, which always meets a fiery ending.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is always a popular event for all the family, and I’m glad to say this year turned out no different.

“Events like this are a key part of the council’s strategy to get people into our town centres, so I was glad to see the day was so well attended.

“The event’s roots are connected to an important chapter in the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire and it is great to see people celebrating that to this 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.

Photographs courtesy of

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Paisley Photographs July 2013

Paisley Photographs July 2013

Paisley, for once, was basking in glorious sunshine today so what better excuse than to take the camera out and snap some fantastic shots of its wonderful skyline. That’s exactly what Ian McDonald did and he shared the results for all to see…

Paisley Skyline

Paisley Skyline featuring the John Neilson Institution to the left, Thomas Coats Memorial Church then Orr Square Church and Trinity High Church to the right.

Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall, with the current new super hospital at the Southern General being built in the background


If you would like to see photographs of Paisley from a certain area or specific building then please use our contact page to place a request.

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Sma’ Shot day Parade, Paisley Photographs 2013

Sma’ Shot day Parade, Paisley 2013

Photographs of Paisley’s Sma’ Shot day parade 2013. All photographs taken by Tracey Clements for Paisley on the web. If you would like to share you photographs of the day please send them in by email to plus the info you wish to be credited to for the photos.

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Area gets set for Sma’ Shot Day

Area gets set for Sma’ Shot Day

The countdown is on to one of the biggest events in Renfrewshire’s summer calendar when Sma’ Shot Day takes place on Saturday 6 July.

The popular annual event – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – will run from noon until 5pm in its usual location at Abbey Close.

Tony Lawler with Depute Provost John Caldwell

The fun begins at noon when the parade, headed by the beat of the Charleston Drum, sets off from Brodie Park.

Attractions include funfair rides at Abbey Close and Paisley Cross, a stage hosted by Pulse FM, plus bouncy castle, craft market, a mini-farm and charity stalls.

The day will culminate with the spectacular Burning of the Cork at 5pm.

Elsewhere, older folks can step away from the crowds at a tea dance in Paisley Town Hall at 1pm, with free tickets available from the town hall.

And in keeping with the event’s roots as a celebration of the local textile workers’ victory over the 19th-century mill owners, Central Library will be hosting a display and film of the life of celebrated Paisley-born trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is great tradition which celebrates an important episode in the town’s history.

“It is always a popular day for families, with plenty to entertain grown-ups and families alike, and I would encourage locals to get themselves along.”

Meanwhile, the man charged with drumming up a following for the event is hoping to stay injury-free this year.

Paisley man Tony Lawler is preparing for his 21st year beating the drum at the head of the parade.

He was at the centre of a brief drama last year when his enthusiastic drumming left him with a badly-cut hand – promptly bandaged by Provost Anne Hall, an ex-nurse.

Tony said: “I’m sure it will be great day, although I hope to avoid any injury this year!

“This will be the first Sma’ Shot Day I have done since being made a Freeman of Renfrewshire earlier this year, which means a lot to me.”

Tony Lawler with Depute Provost John Caldwell

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.

Residents are reminded that parking is free in all council-metered bays on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Cabinet Secretary visits Reid Kerr

MSP George Adam

Cabinet Secretary visits Reid Kerr

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, visited Reid Kerr yesterday to see how the curriculum for excellence (CfE) was being put in to effect at the colleges Institute of Construction and Engineering. The visit was arranged after Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, paid the college a visit earlier this year and was impressed enough to tell the Cabinet Secretary all about it and encouraged him to see for himself what the students and staff were accomplishing. They both went to meet Senior lecturer Craig Stevenson in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Department and some of the students.

Speaking on the visit, George said:

‘The curriculum for excellence recognises that learning continues throughout our lives. This means that we now look at learning as a continuous development of skills for life, learning and work.

‘When I first visited Craig at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Department I was blown away by the enthusiasm for this new way of continuous learning. Craig explained to me that students at the course had used left over plumbing materials to design and create sculptures, recycling and using their creative skills to produce art in their own time.

‘I really wanted to show Mike Russell how the college was working with students showcasing one of the best examples of how the curriculum for excellence should work.

‘Students have produced a number of works and they were keen to discuss their sculptures to the Cabinet Secretary, detailing how each was constructed and how they got their ideas.

‘It was a real pleasure to meet the students and staff and it was a privilege to get Mike to meet them’.

Reid Kerr Principal, Audrey Cumberford, said:

‘For many of the students this course represented their first experience of college education. They have been encouraged to raise their own expectations and ambitions, build their confidence and develop a clearer understanding of how they can continue to explore opportunities whether within education or in work. Almost all of the students on this programme will now progress onto further study or apprenticeships and should be proud of what they have achieved during their time at the college’.
Mike Russell, the Cabinet Secretary added:

‘George has mentioned this college course numerous times to myself and indeed parliament. Listening to the students and their plans for the future was quite inspiring. Everyone at the college should be commended for their efforts and delivery of such an inspiring example of vocational education’.

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Residents have their say at Ferguslie Park event

Residents have their say at Ferguslie Park event

Community activists from Ferguslie Park got the chance to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event run by council and police staff.

The event offered residents a platform to find out more about community safety work in the area, and speak to those delivering it.

Earlier this year, council staff joined forces with local police to conduct a series of interviews among Ferguslie Park residents, seeking their opinions on community safety in the area, and on what they wanted to see from the authorities.

Pic from event shows Divisional Commander Alan Speirs. Pic credit: Roy McKeag.

The event was used to feed back the results of that, with key findings being that residents want more visible patrols and better facilities for young people.

Speakers on the night included Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, the area’s voluntary sector partnership, and police Divisional Commander Alan Speirs.

Topics covered included an overview on how the police and council anti-social behaviour staff work in partnership on community safety issues.

In total, 17 organisations were represented, including Victim Support, Fire and Rescue Scotland and the council’s trading standards and welfare reform advice teams.

Including partners, around 60 people attended the event, held in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The issues affecting Ferguslie Park have been well publicised over the years.

“But something that comes across at events like this is the strong sense of community that exists in the area.

“We want to celebrate the work of those who are involved in that community and work with them to help make the best of the area.

“I would like to thank all who took part in what turned out to be an interesting discussion, and look forward to putting the suggestions they made into action.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Park police office, added: “We held this event to find out more about what people in the area want from us.

“What we plan to do now is work with them to put that into practice.

“The message I would send out to people is that we are here to help. But we can only do that if people are willing to get in touch to report issues to us.”

Residents can contact Police Scotland by calling 101, or Renfrewshire Council Community Safety Services on 0300 300 0380.

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St Mirren Kit Signing JD Sports Photographs

St Mirren FC

St Mirren Kit Signing JD Sports Photographs

Photographs of the official kit launch in JD Sports the other day were taken by Anchor Mill Studio, our community partners.
Anchor Mill Studio help train up emerging new talent and give their students the skills and confidence in taking photographs for photo shoots and commercial work.

They were on hand at the official launch of the new kit and signing session at JD Sports in Braehead.

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The Chaplins Play Paisley Review

The Chaplins Play Paisley Review by Peter Greenwood

While waiting for the Chaplins to come out on stage, among the buzz floating through the audience, more than a few times I heard talk in the vein of “what instrument does Charlie play”?

The link between the band and the man isn’t actually very far removed.

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The Chaplins formed as a three piece in 2012 with singer-songwriter Jill Jackson, drummer Lisa Tring and double bass player John Allan and named themselves after local Paisley lady Jill’s love of film star Charlie, going to far as to outfit the band in 20’s period fashion and styling. Since then they’ve played all over Europe and the UK and supported Runrig at their sold out tour.

This is their first night in Paisley as the Chaplins, what Jill describes as the home town show. “I’ve got family and friends coming to the gig, this’ll be my way of introducing them to all the new music and the band.” Does Jill feel extra pressure then? “A bit, aye, but we’ll feel like that when we play Lisa’s hometown of Nottingham too.”

The venue helped create an intimate atmosphere, with almost every seat in the house filled. There’s clearly a lot of local support for the band, with audience members of all ages coming to see the show, including Jill’s friends and family who were in the audience.

Their musical style is described as an “alternative bluegrass style” and their influences range from Alison Krauss to Dolly Parton which shine through, while still presenting the band in their own completely unique sound. The Chaplins have created their own take on not just bluegrass but country and Celtic and have written songs that match well with the talented musicians who bring them to life.

The real joy of seeing the Chaplins, though, was how much they were clearly enjoying themselves. Every song was lovingly performed by the band, and as an audience member you can’t help but find yourself under their control; a huge smile on your face during Saving All My Love, feeling thoughtful and like you want to explore the world with The Rambler or even just rocking with their take of Foreigner’s 80’s power ballad I Want To Know What Love Is.

The band effortlessly creates an atmosphere you want to be a part of which due to the size of the venue, you soon got the opportunity. At one part the band wanted audience participation for one song which involved Lisa leading the audience in a rather complicated rhythm of clap-stomp-clap-stomp-pause-pause-clap-clap-clap. Or was it clap-stomp-stomp clap- clap-stomp-clap-pause-clap-clap?

Their enthusiasm for their music and for performing really drags you in, whether you want to or not. It’s hard to believe they’ve only been around for a year. The Chaplins go on a larger tour in support of their album towards the end of this year.

You can find out a lot more about the Chaplins by visiting their website

Many thanks to the band, their management team and Mike Dillon of Apollo Music for their help.