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Come and join the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

Come along to County Square in Paisley town centre this Saturday, 19th August, for the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun!

From 11 am to 12noon we have Tickles The Clown, back by popular demand!

Then from 1.30pm until 3.30pm there’ll be story-time from The Village Storytelling Centre inside the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley.

Then we’ll be rocking the town centre with the Paisley First Unsigned Showcase…Hosted by Loud ‘n Proud and Brick Lane Studios Paisley

We have a cracking line-up for you –

The Asuras 12noon – 12.40pm

The Vanities 1 pm – 1.40pm

Lemonhaze 2pm – 2.40pm

Delphi. 3pm – 3.40pm

The Turkey Nuts 4 pm – 4.40pm

So a great day out for all the family, come and join in the fun!

Paisley’s Got Talent Grand Final – Saturday 26th August – County Square, Paisley

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley!

As part of the Paisley First Summer Festival of Fun 2017, a talent competition was launched to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield!

The crowds in Paisley town centre have been treated to some top class performances, Paisley Buddies are such a talented bunch!

Now the finalists for the Grand Final which will take place in County Square on Saturday 26th August, starting at 12noon…have all been confirmed!

It promises to be an afternoon not to be missed!

All the finalists are listed below, who is going to be crowned the Paisley First winner, and walk away with the Paisley’s Got Talent £1,000.00 star prize?

Next week, Paisley First will be telling you a little more about each of our finalists, who will you be rooting for? See www.paisleyfirst.com for more details…

The 12 finalists are:

* Laura & Claire Murray *Adam Dolan *Hollie Robinson

*Olivia McDonald *Emily Punton *Matt Fotheringham

*Emma McConnachie *Ruby Langfield *Emily Irving

*Archie Collingridge-Watt *Nadia Allan *Sasha Kaloheris

Well done to everyone who has taken part!

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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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Big run on entries to Paisley 10k race

A RECORD number of entrants will take part in this year’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run.

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With just over a week to go until the popular event is held on Sunday, August 20, organisers Renfrewshire Leisure report that 2,944 people have already signed up to take part. There are 1869 racing in the 10k and 1075 taking part in the Fun Run.

At the same point last year, 2373 had signed up for the event, with 1596 for the 10k and 777 for the Fun Run.
And organisers are confident by the time race day comes along, there will well over 3000 people pounding the streets of Paisley town centre as there is still time to enter.

The Paisley 10k and Fun Run, which sets off shortly afterwards, is sponsored by sports and outdoors retailer, Decathlon and for the third year the official charity partner is Macmillan Cancer Support.

Many of the fun runners are being sponsored to raise much-needed funds for local charities, clubs and good causes with several entire football teams of youngsters taking part.

This year’s Paisley 10k race has £1200 of prize money and trophies up for grabs and for the fun runners, there are prizes for the first three boys and girls from primary and secondary schools over the finishing line.

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.

The deadline for signing up is noon on Friday, August 18.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “If you’ll pardon the pun, we’ve had a fantastic run of entries to this year’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run!

“The 10k has grown to become a popular race in the calendar of events for the more serious runners and more and more people are staying fit and healthy by training for the Fun Run.

“Even if people aren’t taking part – and there’s still time to enter – I’d encourage everyone to come down and support their families and friends who are running.

“It’s an exciting day out for everyone and as well as the races, there will be lots going on in the town for people of all ages to enjoy.”

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Exam results boost for Renfrewshire’s young people

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Renfrewshire’s young people have once again achieved high levels of attainment, as early indications of exam results suggest.

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S6 pupils achieving Advanced Highers has risen by six per cent, which is the highest level achieved by young people in Renfrewshire.

S4 and S5 pupils also maintained the strong performance earned last year, matching the best results ever achieved for these year groups, with the percentage of S4 pupils achieving seven awards at National 5 and S5 pupils achieving three or more Highers even surpassing those of previous years.

Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Renfrewshire’s young people have done an amazing job achieving great results and I would like to congratulate them all.

“The support given to young people to reach their full potential is vital, and this is achieved through our teachers, our support staff and parents. I would like to thank everyone for the hard work they have put in together that has helped our young people flourish.

“The results in Renfrewshire are encouraging but we want to do more to help children and young people reach their full potential, regardless of their background, into positive destinations. We know that exam results are only one way to measure success and there are a number of wider achievements young people also gain from school.”

Renfrewshire Council will be looking at the results in more detail, with particular focus on literacy and numeracy, attainment for our most vulnerable young people and schools’ performance against similar-sized schools from across the country. A more accurate picture of young people’s success is expected in the next few months.

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Exam Results Day – SDS Helpline Open from Tuesday

Renfrewshire students will receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher exam results on Tuesday (8th August).

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is highlighting help and advice available to students and parents on results day.

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) annual Exam Results Helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August, and then from 9am until 5pm up until the 16th August. The number is 0808 100 8000.

This is the 25th year of the free Helpline which offers advice, information and support for young people and their parents, who make a third of all calls.

Qualified Careers Advisers are on hand to help young people who may not have received the results they were hoping for and those who have done better than anticipated. These skilled professionals have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, confirmation and clearing, advice about Modern and Foundation Apprenticeships and employment or volunteering.

Post-results information for students and parents is also available at myworldofwork.co.uk. There’s also information about Modern Apprenticeships and Foundation Apprenticeships, at apprenticeships.scot. Foundation Apprenticeships help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they are still at school.

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“Exam results day can be a daunting and nerve-wracking time, and I think it is important that all students who are receiving results are supported with advice and guidance.

“If you get the results you are looking for, then that is obviously fantastic. However, if students do not get what they need this time round, then be assured that there are a huge number of options available and there is support and advice available to help you get where you want to be.

“Whatever the outcome, these results will be a beginning, rather than an end point.

“Skills Development Scotland are on hand to offer support and advice to students and parents on the next chapter.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students the very best of luck.”

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UK City of Culture win would be ‘life changing’ for Paisley people says previous winner

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Winning the UK City of Culture title would be a ‘life-changing experience’ for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire – says the city which first hosted the title four years ago.

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The Northern Irish city of Derry-Londonderry was UK City of Culture in 2013 – and has promised Paisley is in line for wide-ranging economic and social benefits should it land the prestigious title.

Paisley was last weekend named the only Scottish bidder on the shortlist for the 2021 competition, alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

And one of the key figures behind Derry-Londonderry’s year in the international spotlight says Paisley’s long-term economic future would be transformed if it emerges as the winner.

That year saw the city host major events such as BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend and prestigious modern art showcase The Turner Prize.

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “The hosting of the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 was life-changing for our citizens – it not only gave us a real sense of pride and achievement but instilled new confidence and aspirations for the entire community.

“It was also place-changing in terms of investment in regeneration and the local environment and was hugely successful in uniting our communities to share and celebrate their experiences.

“We believe our city is still in the early stages of its development and the economic legacy projected will be realised over a ten-year period.

“The UK City of Culture title was significant for us in bringing about positive investment in cultural regeneration, developing our visual arts and expanding our festival and events offering, as well as increasing our hotel occupancy figures and audience attendance at cultural events.

“Recently we launched details of our joint bid with Belfast to bid for the European Capital of Culture for 2023 and this would be a significant legacy project not only for Derry and Belfast but for all of Northern Ireland.

“Securing UK City of Culture would be a fantastic coup for Paisley in terms of investment, regeneration and profile and in putting it on the map.”

Paisley’s bid for the title is taking place as part of a wider push to use the town’s unique cultural and heritage offer to make it a key destination within Scotland.

That includes a new destination brand for the area, investment in cultural infrastructure – such as the £42m plans to transform Paisley Museum – and an expansion of the area’s existing events programme which already includes big days such as the British Pipe Band Championships, The Spree and the Halloween Festival.

That work is set to happen with or without the UK City of Culture title – but should Paisley win in 2021 it would take the town’s profile to new levels, while giving the chance to secure long-lasting benefits.

And statistics show the extent to which Derry has built a legacy of a new tourist economy over the past four years – welcoming even more visitors in 2016 than it did in 2013 when hosting the title.

Odhran Dunne, general manager of Visit Derry said: “In 2012 the city had 164,000 overnight visitors, which rose to 254,000 in 2013 and last year reached 283,000.

“The profile that 2013 created really did a lot for us in terms of attracting people to come here.”

Paisley is due to submit its second-stage bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 in September, with the winner to be announced at the end of the year.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see paisley2021.co.uk

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Upcoming Events at The Old Swan

Upcoming Events at The Old Swan, 20 Smithhills Street, Paisley.

Our annual T in the Swan is on Saturday 2nd September, check out our Facebook page for more details.

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Rukeri Launches New Billboard Advertising Campaigns

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, has launched a new billboard advertising campaign in Paisley to help develop brand awareness and increase its customer base.

The campaign will run for 8 weeks with the adverts displayed at strategic locations throughout Paisley that include main arterial routes to maximise exposure. The advert has a simple, clean design with the same strapline on all boards, ‘You don’t have to be on the other side to have greener grass.’

Lisa Taylor, Marketing Executive at Rukeri says, ‘This is an exciting move for us as historically we have communicated to our customers through various print and online campaigns along with direct mail. A high number of our new customers find out about us from recommendations from friends and peers. This is great, but we would like to close the gap and reach more people ourselves as when our customers find us, they love what we do!’

The company supplies a range of landscaping products to both trade and public customers, to compliment the main business arm of supplying turf. Rukeri boasts an impressive number of turf fields and is committed to only supplying premium quality turf. The turf is cut daily and always fresh to order, meaning there is no time in transit or storage – paramount at this time of year for people looking to lay a new lawn.

Keep your eyes peeled for the adverts, and you can let Rukeri know what you think of them through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Rukeri or in store.

For more information contact Rukeri:

0141 889 1455

info@rukeri.com

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Piping competition drums up another successful event for Paisley

Paisley town centre was filled with the sound of pipes and drums on Saturday (22 July) for the eighth annual Pipe Band Competition.

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Crowds lined High Street and County Square to watch pipers and drummers from across Scotland compete to be named champions.

The successful event is part of the exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events across Renfrewshire taking place as part of Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021 with the town last week being named as the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the prestigious title.

Each band marched from High Street to the final tuning area at the Cenotaph before making their way to the main arena in County Square. They then performed to a panel of judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association who organise the event each year.

The standard of competition was extremely high, with Johnstone Pipe Band performing particularly well in their categories and Dumbarton and District securing the novice award.

The winning bands were presented with their trophies by chieftain of the event, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron. She said: “The Paisley Pipe Band Competition is an event that many people across Scotland look forward to each year and I was very proud to be able to present the bands with their recognition for a great day’s entertainment.

“Paisley demonstrated once again that it can put on successful events providing a great setting for the pipers, drummers and large crowds who came to experience the sounds and spectacle of Saturday’s competition. There was even more reason to celebrate as the event was the first one held in the town since the announcement was made that Paisley had made it through to the next stage in its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.”

Saturday also marked the 30th anniversary of the Paisley Arts Centre. To celebrate this important milestone Renfrewshire Leisure organised for a Family Fun Day to take place where children and parents could enjoy a range of activities including watching a puppet theatre, performances from PACE and participating in craft workshops.

The Paisley 2021 bid has made it through to the second and final stage of the competition and is the sole Scottish town or city featured in the shortlist. The bid aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Final bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in in September 2017 with a final decision expected in December.

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

For more information on the winners please visit the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association website at www.rspba.org.

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Core 2 Computing deals

Core 2 computing currently have a range of refurbished Dell Intel i5 desktop and laptop computers in stock. These all come with 4GB ram and have the latest 2017 updated version of Windows 10 installed along with word processing software.

All ready to take home today to get ready for back to school/university/college or general home use. The desktops have a 12 month hardware warranty and 6 months for the laptops.

You will have to be quick as Only 2 desktops and 3 laptops left in this deal.

Give us a call on 0141 889 6363 or come along to 10 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley.