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Abbey Bridge in Paisley reopens



A Victorian bridge in Paisley has been restored to its former glory following a £1.5million refurbishment programme.

Abbey Bridge has been shut to the public for the last six months while its support structures were replaced and iron panels and parapets recast.

The historic landmark, which spans the White Cart River in the heart of Paisley, was built 130 years ago, but earlier this year the B-listed structure was found to be in need of repair.

During the renovation programme the support structures were replaced, the lattice girder walkways lifted out and 13 tonnes of iron panels and parapets recast.

Engineers replaced all the metal work on the bridge during the project but managed to save the lanterns and the centre pieces, which date from 1979.

Councillor Marie McGurk, of Renfrewshire Council, has welcomed the work, which she said is vital to the town.

She said: “It is actually paramount to the centre of Paisley and allows people to access from one part of Paisley to the other. It encroages on the Abbey, Paisley Town Centre and the council itself.”

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Neve McIntosh “New Famous Person from Paisley”


We recieved yet another new Famous person from Paisley nomination from Peter Evans “thanks Peter” the nomination is Neve McIntosh.

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Neve McIntosh (born January 1, 1972) is a Scottish actress.

Neve McIntosh has the British nationality. She uses the name Neve McIntosh as an artist name, but was born under the name of Carol McIntosh.

Born in Paisley, Neve McIntosh grew up in Edinburgh, where she attended Boroughmuir High School. She moved to Glasgow to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, after which she was in repertory companies at Perth and at The Little Theatre on the Isle of Mull. She next played in a Glasgow stage production of The Trick is to Keep Breathing. She also appeared in American director Mark L. Feinsod’s first film, Love And Lung Cancer. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Fuchsia in the 2000 BBC and WGBH Boston production of Gormenghast, a lavish mini-series based on the first two books of the trilogy by Mervyn Peake.

In 2004, McIntosh starred in Bodies, a medical drama produced by BBC3 and based on the book Bodies by Jed Mercurio. She has also appeared in several other television dramas, including Psychos, Ghost Squad, Miss Marple, Murder City, Bodies-2 and Low Winter Sun. It was during the production of Psychos that she met her cameraman husband Alex Sahle. Alongside her television work she has appeared in the films Gypsy Woman and One Last Chance, and in the theatre, playing in the RSC production of Dickens’ Great Expectations in Stratford.

She is currently starring as Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum in Edinburgh.

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