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Halloween in the Hoose

Whit a weekend we have for you. Friday night its the big Halloween parade through the town passing oor windaes while inside the hoose its a spooktacular paaaarty with drinks promos and give aways.
On Saturday night, the toons best live music venue sees the return of EPIC a fantastic live covers band, they will have you on your feet all night. 
On Sunday afternoon we launch the Paisley Folk Club sessions with Rentrad a local traditional music group 5-8pm. Get in and dine with us have a glass of prosecco and hiv a right guid time. !!!
Thursday the 3rd we have the Paisley Development Trust race night all contributions are welcome to fund the organisation that saved the Russell Institute and also a great night oot ina Hoose!!
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Take a selfie in Dracula’s coffin!

Graveyard tour guide Emma Armstrong gets a fright as she stumbles on Dracula and his coffin in the ground of Paisley Arts Centre

HALLOWEEN horror fans are being given the chance to take a selfie as they lie in a coffin at an ancient graveyard.

That’s the spooky experience on offer at Paisley Arts Centre as part of a Halloween Graveyard Tour, on Friday, October 28, as dusk falls at 5.30pm.

Graveyard tour guide Emma Armstrong gets a fright as she stumbles on Dracula and his coffin in the ground of Paisley Arts Centre

Graveyard tour guide Emma Armstrong gets a fright as she stumbles on Dracula and his coffin in the ground of Paisley Arts Centre

The arts centre is in the converted Laigh Kirk – which was the second oldest church in Paisley when it opened in 1738 and had almost 70 graves in the church grounds.

Dracula gets ready to welcome visitors to the Paisley Arts Centre Halloween Graveyard Tour

Dracula gets ready to welcome visitors to the Paisley Arts Centre Halloween Graveyard Tour

Paisley Arts Centre, in the town’s Witherspoon Street, opened in 1987 and visitors are intrigued by the unusual mort graves that look like table-tops they see close to the entrance.

The centre is now a popular venue with a diverse range of drama, dance, comedy, jazz, popular music and family events throughout the year.

In the run-up to Halloween, the grounds are being transformed into a pumpkin patch for the free graveside tour with pumpkin soup and Halloween cupcakes on sale in the arts centre café.

And of course, the fang-tastic opportunity to pretend you are Dracula and rise out of the coffin, which will be placed among the gravestones.

The arts centre is run by Renfrewshire Leisure and its chief executive, Joyce McKellar said:
“We’re having a really spook-tacular event at Paisley Arts Centre in the run-up to Halloween this year and the Graveyard Tour will not only be educational, but fun as well.
“The grounds of the former Laigh Kirk can feel eerie, especially as darkness begins to fall – and that’s when we’ll be having the graveyard tour.
“It might even get a wee bit scary if visitors stumble on people lying in a coffin taking selfies!”

Contact Paisley Arts Centre on 0300 300 1210 for more information about the Halloween Graveyard Tour.

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Paisley gets set for Halloween spooktacular


Paisley is gearing up for a spooky entertainment extravaganza at the weekend when the annual Halloween festival once again takes over the town centre.


The hugely popular annual event – run by Renfrewshire Council – is one of only a few of its kind in Scotland and will take place over Friday evening and all-day Saturday.

The first day of fun runs from 6 to 9pm on Friday, starting with a lantern-lit parade down the High Street from the UWS main entrance to Abbey Close, led by the stunning Spark! LED drummers.


Abbey Close itself will be home to a fire garden run by outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank, featuring fire-breathing sculptures, illuminations and much more.

Paisley Town Hall will be Spook Central, with Halloween arts and crafts, family disco, storytelling, puppet shows and music sessions with Feis Phaislig.

Saturday will see more of the same from 12 until 9pm, but with the addition of a main stage featuring live music from local musicians and dance groups and entertainment from Pulse FM DJs.


Both days will also have a funfair, street entertainers and a great selection of outdoor food vendors.

This will be the third year of the Halloween Festival and kicks off Renfrewshire’s major winter events programme, with the Paisley Fireworks display (Sat 5 Nov) and Christmas Lights Switch-on (Sat 12 Nov) set to follow.

And this year will see a special treat with the world premiere of a new performance by award-winning visual theatre artist Al Seed taking place in Paisley Town Hall’s Loggia room.

Described as a dark gothic melodrama inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Raven, tickets for shows on Wednesday and Thursday are on sale now via www.renfrewshireleisure.com

The show is one of the first to be funded by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events fund, which aims to boost cultural capacity in the run-up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Paisley Halloween Festival back for another year – it has been a hugely popular family day out with locals and visitors alike since it started in 2014.

“Again, we expect thousands of people to descend on Paisley town centre over the two days, providing an economic boost to the local area and local traders.

“This year’s winter events are extra special as the last ones to take place before the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 goes in next year.

“And with that in mind, we are delighted to welcome critically-acclaimed performer Al Seed to the town for a unique performance made possible by the Paisley 2021 bid.

“But the event is also a great showcase of the talents of the thriving grassroots creative scene we have here in the town.

“That goes from the young people making costumes and starring in the parade, to the many music and dance performers of various ages who will take to the main stage on the Saturday.”

The groups taking part in the weekend include Independent State of Happiness, Right To Dance, Street Stuff, Floor4orce, Solid Rock Cheerleaders and Rock Us Community Choir.

For more information, visit  www.paisley2021.com

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Free African Film Festival


Celebration of Freedom: Pop-Up Festival Renfrewshire.

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 11th year to bring audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.


Supported by Regional Screen Scotland this year the festival is moving outside of the city centre, packing its mobile cinema and heading to Paisley. Through partnerships with Create Paisley and Pachedu, AiM has been able to work with the local community to support them in curating their own mini-festival.

The pop-up festival will screen a diverse film programme for everyone to enjoy. With a South African focus the day will start off by taking audiences to the Karoo desert with the animation Khumba; followed shortly after by the renowned classic Sarafina a South African musical bound to get everyone singing and dancing; to a documentary exploring the life of Freedom Fighter Ashley Kriel, ‘the Che Guevara’ of the Cape own Flats. All of this as well the chance to get involved in craft making, some

African storytelling and try a few African tasty treats throughout the day.All of the events are free to attend and will take place at Thomas Coats Memorial Church in Paisley on Saturday 29th of October 2016.

More information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1751660841766718/

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Award-winning theatre maker premieres new show in Paisley


Paisley is set for a unique Halloween spectacular as multi-award-winning visual theatre maker Al Seed holds the world premiere of his latest solo show The Tapping as part of the town’s winter festivities.


The show – a gothic-horror melodrama based upon Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven – is part of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid and taking place during its Halloween festival, in Paisley Town Hall from 26 to 27 October.

Al – a former artist in residence at Glasgow’s The Arches – is a critically-acclaimed performer who designed his latest performance based upon a long-term fascination with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, and elements from Greek myths.


The show is one of the first to be funded through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund – a five-year £500k programme to transform the town’s creative scene and build up cultural capacity during the Paisley 2021 bid.

Paisley 2021 Project Director Jean Cameron said: “For an artist as well respected as Al Seed to premiere his new show here is a major coup for Paisley ahead of the bid going in next year – and it just highlights our growing reputation as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations.

“We are delighted the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund has enabled Al to create this original piece of work and I would recommend you book early for what is sure to be a fantastic spectacle in one of Paisley’s iconic venues.”

The Tapping is described as ‘drawing upon the myth of Orpheus’ descent into the underworld’ and will ‘take its audience down a hallucinatory spiral of madness’ within the stunning backdrop of Paisley Town Hall.

The show relies heavily upon strong visual and design elements, original music, and the space in which it is set, while drawing upon the history and conventions of gothic-horror literature and art, and related genres.

Al Seed added: “I am delighted to be presenting the debut of The Tapping at Paisley Town Hall and in support of the Paisley 2021 bid.

“This past year it has been wonderful to receive so much support in the making of the show; especially from the staff at Paisley Arts Centre, Johnstone Town Hall, and Paisley Town Hall itself. I am now really looking forward to sharing the finished results.”

The Tapping will be at Paisley Town Hall from 26 to 27 October. Tickets – costing £10 and £6 – are available now at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by calling 0300 300 1210.

The show is being produced by FERAL Arts in association with Renfrewshire Leisure. Supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Events and Heritage Fund as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021

Paisley’s Halloween festival is free to attend and runs from Friday 28 until Saturday 29 October and will feature a spectacular lantern-lit parade through the town and a fire garden of flame-breathing sculptures. More information at www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Monte Carlo Rally 2017

Driver Andrew Goodfellow and co-driver Derek Coghill in their 1930 Austin Seven Ulster 2-seater sports with Paisley Abbey in background

The town of Paisley has once again been confirmed as the sole UK start point for the 2017 historic rally run to Monte Carlo.

Driver Andrew Goodfellow and co-driver Derek Coghill in their 1930 Austin Seven Ulster 2-seater sports with Paisley Abbey in background

Driver Andrew Goodfellow and co-driver Derek Coghill in their 1930 Austin Seven Ulster 2-seater sports with Paisley Abbey in background

It’ll be the fourth time the town – which is bidding to be the 2021 UK City of Culture – will be the only British start point out of seven European cities for a range of historic cars to make the 1300 mile trip to the South of France.

(left to right) Paisley start organiser Douglas Anderson; Andrew Goodfellow; Derek Coghill; Renfrewshire Council Provost Anne Hall

(left to right) Paisley start organiser Douglas Anderson; Andrew Goodfellow; Derek Coghill; Renfrewshire Council Provost Anne Hall

Close to a hundred cars are expected to leave the start ramp outside Paisley Abbey at 6pm on Wednesday January 25th in three separate categories.

The Historique class is being run for the 20th year and is restricted to car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980. It will run over eight days on open public roads with the cars and crews having undertaken a series of fourteen demanding test stages in the mountains of southern France.

Driver Andrew Goodfellow and co-driver Derek Coghill

Driver Andrew Goodfellow and co-driver Derek Coghill

The Classique event is for older cars from as early as 1911 to 1980 and follows the same route to Monte Carlo but does not include any test stages, the goal simply being to finish in Monte Carlo after checking in at a series of control points on the way.

Once again the event will feature the popular Monte Heritage Runs which will follow on from the full-scale events and will take in a series of short classic routes in Scotland.

In January this year a crowd of more than 10,000 gathered in the centre of Paisley with the magnificent backdrop of the Abbey to wave off the crews in a party atmosphere with lights, music, street food and fireworks…..and working with staff from Renfrewshire Council and volunteers from many motorsport clubs in Scotland the organisers are confident of making the start even bigger and better next year.

The event was officially launched this morning by Douglas Anderson, the UK co-ordinator and the man responsible for bringing the Monte back to Scotland in 2011.

He believes the 2017 start will be the best yet.

He said: “The Paisley Abbey Start will flash round the world on the evening of 25th January 2017.  It is universally acknowledged as the best start in Europe and with the help of the good folk of Paisley who come out in their thousands to cheer the competitors on their way, we will keep it that way.”

Also there was one of the entrants in the 2017 event, Andrew Goodfellow from Dundee and co-driver, his brother-in-law Derek Coghill and their 1930 Austin 7 Ulster 2-seater sports which will – hopefully – complete the drive to Monte Carlo.

Said Andrew: “What a fantastic opportunity this is to take part in this historic event and were both totally confident that we and the car will make the 1300 miles. We’ve been prepping the car over the past month with still lots more to do to it to ensure everything is in top condition before we set off. The only concern is the very strong likelihood of snow while driving through the Alps.”

Their drive will also raise funds for SAMH, the Scottish Association of Mental Health.

The event is being supported by Renfrewshire Council. Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to be hosting the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally here in Paisley again in 2017, for the fourth year in row.

“Next year we will be submitting the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, and to have this prestigious and truly international event  in the town centre just helps cement Paisley’s status as a key destination on Scotland’s map of major events.

“The people of Renfrewshire and beyond have always turned out in huge numbers to wave the cars off against the striking historic backdrop of Paisley Town Hall and Abbey, and I am sure they will be as excited as we are to welcome the event back.”

Giving his backing to the event is Scotland’s latest motorsport champion, Gordon Shedden, who won the British Touring Car Championship for the third time earlier this month.

He said: “Scotland has such a proud history in motorsport and it’s great to see Paisley as the only UK start point for this classic event. The Honda Civic Type R in which I compete is the latest example of car technology but I love getting behind the wheel of something from the past. I wish everyone taking part the very best of success…..and an enjoyable and safe drive to Monte Carlo.”

More information can be found at  www.monte.scot

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Scouting for Girls to headline Paisley festive extravaganza


Paisley is getting set for a winter festival extravaganza – with triple-platinum-selling popsters Scouting for Girls to headline the town’s annual Christmas lights show.


The Londoners – known for top-10 hits including This Ain’t a Love Song and She’s So Lovely – will play to a crowd of tens of thousands in the town centre on Saturday 12 November before the big switch-on.

The afternoon-long event will also see main-stage slots for two up-and-coming bands from Paisley – the Vegan Leather and Dogtooth.

The fun will get under way at noon with the traditional reindeer parade around the town, led by Santa himself, with a full programme of children’s entertainment during the day before the lights go on at 6pm.

And the big Christmas date is just one of three installments of family festive fun coming up over consecutive weekends.

The town centre will also host a two-day spooktacular when the Paisley Halloween Festival returns for a third year at the end of the month.

That will see a lantern-lit parade through the town centre on the evening of Friday 28 October, with a day of activities, including a spectacular fire garden, on the Saturday.

And Saturday 5 November will see the town’s annual fireworks display, which will this year feature music from the 1960s and 70s as part of a decade-by-decade countdown to 2021 – the year Paisley hopes to be named UK City of Culture.

There will be live music from bands from local groups Brick Lane Studios and Create Paisley on the main stage in Gauze Street from 2pm, before the fireworks display itself at 7pm.

Scouting for Girls said: “We love Christmas, and what better way to get in the spirit than with the good folks of Paisley!

“We are very excited for the lights switch-on and hope to see as many people as possible there on November 12.”

The three festive events are being run by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s ever-expanding major events programme. Sponsorship from local organisations is contributing towards the cost of the performers.

And council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Renfrewshire’s major events programme brings tens of thousands of people into our town centres every year, many of them visitors from outside the area.

“Not only does that show off everything Paisley has to offer but it brings an economic boost to town centre traders too.

“This year’s events are particularly important given they are the last set before the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is lodged early next year and the Christmas Lights event marks a year since the bid was launched.

“And the bill reflects that – the Christmas Lights show will put the spotlight on two talented young local bands, while the fireworks display will also have a 2021 theme.”

November will be a busy month for major events, with Johnstone’s Christmas lights switch-on due for Saturday 19 November and Renfrew’s a week later.

At the same time, Renfrewshire will also host top-class sporting action when the European Curling Championships comes to Braehead from 19 to 26 November.

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Spree festival declared success as hits halfway point

Vic Galloway interviewing fellow Fifer King Creosote live for the BBC in the Spiegeltent

Paisley’s annual festival of music comedy and more has been declared a Spree-mendous success after its first few days – with loads more great shows to come before it wraps up at the weekend.

 Vic Galloway interviewing fellow Fifer King Creosote live for the BBC in the Spiegeltent

Vic Galloway interviewing fellow Fifer King Creosote live for the BBC in the Spiegeltent

Monday night saw Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie take to the stage in Paisley Abbey for the festival’s signature show – a unique collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

And the show – for which all tickets were snapped up within just a few days in the summer – didn’t disappoint, with a rapturous reception for a set spanning 30 years of Justin’s career and backed up by sweeping orchestral arrangements conducted by John Logan.

 Justin Currie in Paisley Abbey with the RSNO,

Justin Currie in Paisley Abbey with the RSNO,

The festival had kicked off in style on Friday with one of the other headline shows – as critically-acclaimed indie stars Admiral Fallow played Paisley Town Hall.

At the same time, the specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square saw the town’s very own Carol Laula curate a special one-off Paisley-themed performance featuring various guests.

The same venue was packed to the rafters for two sold-out shows over the weekend – with a triple bill of traditional music acts headlined by Galway’s We Banjo 3 on Saturday and an acoustic show from former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro 24 hours later.

Monday also saw legendary broadcaster Vic Galloway present his BBC Radio show live from the Spiegeltent, with a live performance from King Creosote, at which Vic told the crowd: ‘England’s got Glastonbury, LA has Coachella and we don’t need them as we’ve got The Spree!’

Highlights still to come include a Scottish Album of the Year showcase on Wednesday featuring conversation with previous winners Anna Meredith, Kathryn Joseph and RM Hubbert, as well as a show from Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble at Paisley Arts Centre the following night.

There’s also plenty laughs from Craig Hill (Thursday) as well as a Best of Scottish Comedy night headlined by Joe Heenan (Friday), as well as free kids activities during the day in the Spiegeltent until Friday.

The festival closes on Saturday with a day of ModStuff – LNP Promotions’ festival-within-a-festival celebrating all things Mod – before the final show of a double-bill featuring Treacherous Orchestra and Skerryvore in the town hall that evening.

The Spree is sponsored by Saporito and Birra Moretti – who are adding some festival feel with a beer tent in County Square all week.

You can still buy tickets for most shows online at  thespree.co.uk or in person at the box office at 9b Gilmour Street.

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Arnotts building keeps hold of family ties

Ricardo Cardosi, Councillor Mark Macmillan, Dennis Liddell and Brian Clarke with a before and after picture of the Arnotts building

The iconic Arnotts listed building in Paisley received a visit from owners new and old today as it continues to be brought back to life.

Ricardo Cardosi, Councillor Mark Macmillan, Dennis Liddell and Brian Clarke with a before and after picture of the Arnotts building

Ricardo Cardosi, Councillor Mark Macmillan, Dennis Liddell and Brian Clarke with a before and after picture of the Arnotts building

Dennis Liddell, a member of the Cochran family who originally owned the building, accepted a framed before and after picture from Council Leader Mark Macmillan and the Directors of Park Lane Developments.

The site is now jointly owned by a partnership between the council and Park Lane Developments who have worked together to restore the building to its former grandeur- with the addition of 11 luxury apartments in the listed frontage on Gauze Street.

The apartments added to the 31 flats built by the Link Group- all of which have been sold- as part of a long term plan bringing the site back into use.

The redevelopment of one of Paisley’s most recognisable buildings is continuing with the planned opening of a 120-seater restaurant- called Pendulum- due to be opened next year by the owners of the town’s existing Cardosi’s restaurant.

There are also plans for a further 22 flats on the Smithhills Street side of the site.

Dennis said: “We are delighted the building has been brought back into economic use by the developer. It was always extremely sad to see it lying empty for a number of years and falling into disrepair.

“Our hope is the development will be a big success and contribute towards the regeneration of Paisley Town centre- whilst not forgetting its origin of a small house belonging to my great great grandfather who started the then family business of Robert Cochran & Son.”

Councillor Macmillan, said: “The Arnotts building is an iconic part of Paisley’s town centre and it was disappointing to see it neglected for so long.

“We are working hard to redevelop the town centre and while we have to accept that the retail world has changed in recent years, we are still able to utilise the building to bring footfall back into Paisley.

“Park Lane have completed a fantastic set of luxury flats on the site and these will be complimented by a further 24 flats to be built by Link Group. This combined with the opening of a new restaurant on the ground floor will ensure the building is kept at the heart of Paisley with people being brought back into the town.

“We’re using our rich culture and heritage to advance our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and the redevelopment of the Arnotts is another step towards revitalising the area.”

Brian Clarke, Park Lane Developments Director, said: “Park Lane are delighted to have had a partnership with Renfrewshire Council to redevelop this iconic frontage in the heart of Paisley town centre.

“The listed façade, which dates back to 1925, had lain derelict for over 10 years and it’s extremely satisfying to see this impressive building for Paisley brought back into beneficial use”.

The redevelopment of the Arnotts site is part of a wider town centre regeneration programme which includes a £56.7m refurbishment of Paisley Museum, the creation of a new museum store on Paisley High Street and a £5m investment turning the Russell Institute into a skills and development hub.

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St Mirren v Dundee United – match report

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Jack Ross’ first game as St. Mirren manager was at home to Dundee Utd in the Ladbrokes Championship at the Paisley 2021 stadium. Although there were significant improvements in the Buddies’ performance in their current situation it’s results but first and foremost points that really matters.

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Saints started the game well but fell behind when a defensive mix up left Scott Fraser one on one with Jamie Langfield on thirty seven minutes and he finished well to give the visitors the lead at the break.

Lawrence Shankland came on for Stevie Mallan fourteen minutes into the second half and the on loan Aberdeen man made a difference. He tested Cammy Bell with a long range effort.

The second defensive lapse in concentration came seventeen minutes from time to allow Tony Andreu chip home the second over a helpless Langfield and sow the points up for Dundee Utd.

Lawrence Shankland had a second effort, this time, cleared off the line. A looping header from striker cleared off the line at the back post summed up St. Mirren’s luck in this game, as even Dundee Utd going down to ten men in the last few minutes didn’t change things as the Tangerines won 2-0.

Article written by Kyle Gunn