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Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on

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Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on.

Renfrew residents enjoyed some festive fun at the weekend when a crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on.

The popular annual event was backed by a spectacular fireworks display, set against the backdrop of the town hall, which hosted most of the day’s events.

Throughout the day, locals enjoyed family entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself put in an appearance to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while the Renfrew Burgh Band provided the music with a concert of traditional carols.

Families were also able to enjoy the fun fair rides next to the town’s High Street.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was on hand to press the button to turn on the lights at the climax to the day.

She was joined on stage by Josh Kirk, age 10, of Arkleston Primary, who won a competition to be part of the big switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrew sparkled in the spotlight as residents turned out in numbers to kick off the festive season.

“It’s always a pleasure to be part of events such as this, and to see a whole community getting out and enjoying themselves in the heart of their town.

“We are spreading the Christmas cheer around the area, with Paisley hosting a well-attended event last week, and Johnstone getting its own big day on Saturday, in addition to other smaller events around Renfrewshire.”

This year’s event had a little extra sparkle thanks to funding provided by the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee, which contributed £7,000 towards the day.

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Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on

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Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on.

Johnstone will get its chance to shine in the seasonal spotlight when it hosts a mixture of music and magic for its Christmas Lights Switch-on this week.

The event – expected to attract hundreds of people – will take place in Houstoun Square, with family entertainment on from noon.

There will be a day of entertainment on the big stage, headlined by boyband Rewind as well as local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

DJs from Pulse FM will also be on hand to get the party started by introducing the acts throughout the day.

Other highlights will include fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be on hand to switch on the lights at 4.30pm and will be joined by Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone switch-on follows successful events in Paisley and Renfrew over the past two weekends.

“This event is always well attended and I’m sure this year will be no different. I look forward to seeing everybody there.

“It’s always great to see the main town square so busy – occasions like this are good for the community and provide a boost to local businesses too.”

Full main stage timetable is as follows: Noon – Pulse FM, 12.10 – Per4mance Stage School, 12.40 – DSD Street Dance School, 13.00 – Splash Productions, 13.40 – Todi, 14.15 – Andy, 14.45 – Sweet Injection, 15.25 – Francesca Kimberley,16.00 – Rewind, 16.30 – Lights go on.

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Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On Parade Photographs

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Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On Parade Photographs.

Paisley was buzzing all day with families coming to watch the festive lights being switched on in town, up to 20,000 people attended according to the announcer on stage. Festivities started with the Reindeer Parade (photos below)

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

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Paisley Christmas Light Switch On Photographs

Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

This years Paisley Christmas light switch On saw up to 30,000 people crowd into Paisley town centre to see the festive lights switched on for 2013/14.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View wowed the crowds and helped kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.

Below are some shots from the stage taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

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Paisley set for Christmas Lights Switch On

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Paisley set for Christmas Lights Switch On.

Tens of thousands of people are set to pack Paisley town centre this Saturday (November 16) for one of the highlights of Renfrewshire’s Christmas calendar.

Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View are the headline performers on the main stage in Gauze Street at 4.30 and 5.30pm respectively.

The Clyde 1 Roadshow will be in action from 1pm with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson.

The stage will also feature performances from boyband Mr Meanor at 2pm, YouTube sensation Alexa at 3pm, and a magic show at 1.10pm.

The six –and-a-half hour festive extravaganza  starts at noon with the traditional reindeer parade starting from Gilmour Street which this year will be led by Santa Claus.

Throughout the day there’s lots of family fun including face painting and street entertainers, along with funfair rides and a Christmas market in Paisley Town Hall.

The action rounds off at 6pm with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switching on the town’s Christmas Lights.

People visiting the town might also take the chance to check out the popular Brick City Lego exhibition at Paisley Museum.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:  “It’s been a fantastic year for events in Renfrewshire with Paisley successfully hosting the Royal National Mòd, and The Spree.

“The recent fireworks display in Paisley was well supported despite the wet weather.

“Now we’re looking forward to what has become a massively popular event which last year attracted a crowd of 37,000 to Paisley.

“The council’s events programme aims to support business and boost regeneration in our town centres.

“Paisley’s Christmas Light Show offers a fabulous day of top entertainment and everything is set for another special event.”

Free parking is available at all Renfrewshire Council metered parking bays and car parks in Paisley town centre – as it is every weekend.

Additional free event parking will be available at West College Scotland, Paisley Grammar School, Castlehead High School, Wallneuk Road and Castlehead High School.

Drivers are advised that there will be various road closures around Gauze Street starting from Friday evening.

The event sponsors who have joined Renfrewshire Council in promoting the event are:  The Piazza Shopping Centre, West College Scotland, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Leisure, Lynnhurst Hotel, Bowfield Country Club, Hamishes’ Hoose, Intu Braehead and Clyde Scaffolding.

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Its all happening in Paisley

Paisley Christmas Lights

Its all happening in Paisley.

Paisley is gearing up for a busy October and November of events, there is quite literally something for everyone in the forthcoming months everything from a scooter rally right through to the Festive Lights Switch On  in the town centre.

Only a few years ago the fireworks display was the only thing happening remotely close (at Seedhill Playing Fields), and the town centre had not yet seen any big events happening in or around it.  St Mirren going through Paisley in the open top bus in 1987 from the triumphant Scottish Cup win saw the town covered in ‘Black and White’, and then again in 2006 when the Buddies won the First Division to be promoted to the SPL, those were momentous occasions.

The arrival of the big centrepiece Fireworks event and Festive Lights Switch On a few years back changed things and in my opinion these may just have been defining moments for the fortunes of Paisley.  Thousands of people love to come to these events showing that the town centre can cope with these large scale occasions. It has proved to be a safe environment although there is still a lot more to be done with toilet amenities and food shops and local traders combining their efforts to make the best of these events.

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Paisley is turning a corner, maybe we can’t see it yet but there is change coming.  Local traders are now combining their efforts, resulting in a process called the Business Improvement District (BID) to be known as Paisley First which officially launched last week. This is the first time many local traders and business owners have actually sat in the same room, now that is no mean feat in itself! There is progress although it may be slow but at least there are signs of promise.

Events in Paisley

The Farmers Market has now moved to the Cenotaph and is much more central and visible to the public and the change in timings has also helped, so the market will go from strength to strength.  The next one is tomorrow, Thursday 10th, 10am-2pm.

The Spree, which I love, is calling itself Paisley’s National Arts Festival  and is now in its second year. You will be able to see the massive Spiegeltent being erected in County Square, this is the venue for an event which covers every taste of music, comedy, arts and drama. Last year I attended a few events and there was plenty of local talent on display as well as some big headliners such as Roddy Frame.  The Spree begins this Friday and runs as a fringe event to the Royal National Mòd.  To find out more please visit www.thespree.co.uk

Modstuff is a local event aimed as an alternative to everything else, but working in tandem with local businesses and organisations. This is all about the traditional MOD style and the music associated with it. Their will be a scooter rideout in town this Saturday 12th October and the winner will be announced by the sponsors the Piazza Paisley. They will also have various acts performing live on the Friday and Saturday this week. LNP Promotions have done an excellent job with this mini festival and hopefully it will go on to be an annual event in Paisley. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LNPPromotions

Royal National Mòd, It is a fantastic honour for this prestigious Gaelic event to be held in Paisley for the first time. The very fact its coming to Paisley shows just how far the town has come, and showcasing such events as the Paisley Choral Festival, which has been running in the town for six years, it brings a string of high profile classical musicians to Paisley, helping the town earn the unofficial title of Scotland’s Festival Town.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is the oldest and most respected Gaelic Language organisation. Founded in Oban in 1891, it has long been a leading light in the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language and the study and cultivation of Gaelic literature, history, music and art. Through the organisation and running of the Royal National Mòd and grass roots community development work, An Comunn Gàidhealach continues to further support and develop all aspects of the Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels. You can find out more by visiting the official website www.modphaislig.org

Renfrewshire Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2013, is currently ongoing with various events throughout Paisley and Renfrewshire, some highlights over the next couple of days are..

1. Wed and Thurs Workshops and Artist in Residence with weaver Joanne Kaar, 32 Old Sneddon St, at the bottom of stairs to Gilmour St Station. Go by and say hello and have a look!

2. Gilmour St Giants Reception, platform 1 Gilmour St train station Thurs 10 11am

3. World Mental Health Day Book Club and Event 12.30-1.30 10 Oct Spiegletent, County Square, Paisley with author and RMHAFF 2013 song, ‘Your Perception, My Reality’ come and get your free cd!

4. Creativity Works on Monday Reid Kerr, some places left, employability and creativity 9.30-12.30. book with Lorraine.Ewing@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

5. Angus Weaver of Grass dramatic performance Thurs 17th 9.30am, Paisley Arts Centre, only free performance, please help me fill the house. See more by clicking here..

We of course have the Festive Lights Switch On and the Fireworks to look forward to. This year’s Festive Lights Switch On ceremony will be performed by Tynchy Stryder and The View, to find out more information on this event click here..

Blog by Brian McGuire..

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Santas Parade Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs Santa Parade

‘Santa’s Parade Paisley Photographs

If you have any photographs you would like to see on this website please send them in to us and we will credit you for your photographs.

 

 

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Piazza Shopping Centre ‘Santa’s Parade Winners

Paisley Photographs of the Santas Parade 2012

The winners of the Piazza Shopping Centre’s competition to ride on the open top bus were Kodey McDonald and his mum Lisa Townsley.

The parade was a great success and as you can see from the photographs below they featured not only Santa Claus but an old style Tunnock’s Teacakes truck, Buddie the Lion mascot, the Rockettes, Brazilian Samba band and lots more. Keep coming back to the website for more photographs from around Paisley today.

Photographs of the competition winners and ‘Santa’s Parade’ taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

If you have any photographs you would like to post on here please send them in, all photos will be credited to the photographer.

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Santa’s Parade Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre

Santa Parade 2012

Santa’s Parade Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre

What a fantastic day it was in Paisley with the Christmas lights being switched on earlier this evening, Paisley on the web were out in force to capture the day. It started from the Piazza Shopping Centre with ‘Santa’s Parade’ starring Buddie the Elf, a parade of vehicles including an open topped bus and a horse and cart with a huge following crowd, and ended with the lights being switched on by Chart Toppers Stooshe. We have all the Paisley Photographs and will be posting them up during tonight and tomorrow. Below is our first batch of photos taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk

If you have any photographs you would like to post on here please send them in, all photos will be credited to the photographer..

Keep coming back to the website for more photographs from Paisley today.

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on 2012

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas light switch on 2012

Double events boost for Paisley
Paisley is set for a double events boost after Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce two separate events in November for the Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Lights switch on.

The previous council combined the two events last year.

Abbey foreworksNow Renfrewshire Council has decided to bring them back as separate all-day events to start the countdown to Christmas in style.

The Paisley Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 3 November.

The town’s Christmas Lights switch-on will be held on Saturday 10 November.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said the decision was reached after discussion with the business community and will deliver two “distinctive, cost-effective events” with increased local involvement.

“First and foremost, this council believes that Paisley deserves and can sustain two big events,” said Councillor Macmillan.

“I am sure that the move will be welcomed by Paisley residents and the thousands of visitors who come to the town to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s also important that we maximise the impact of these events as part of the continuing partnership approach to regenerate Paisley town centre. By having two big events with thousands coming in to Paisley throughout the day on two successive Saturdays, local retailers can get ready for a double boost to start the countdown to Christmas.

“We’ve seen several positive signs for Paisley in recent months.  Those include new shops coming soon to the former Littlewoods store on the High street, the announcement of major residential investment in Gilmour Street, the council’s recent decision to introduce free on street parking in the town centre on Saturdays, and our plans to encourage private property owners to tidy up the appearance of their buildings.”

“When I spoke to business leaders on how we could build on those achievements, there was unanimous backing for the council’s plans not only to restore but further boost these events.

“We are in the process of securing commercial sponsorship for the leading performers at the events.  That demonstrates the commitment of local retailers to our two event strategy and our broader programme for the town centre.

“We will also be increasing local participation and involvement in the town centre events. There are exciting plans to showcase local talent alongside more established performers.

“Overall, these plans are good for the community and economy of Paisley and I look forward to announcing more details in the next few weeks.”

Bob Davidson, chief executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said:  “Big events like these are great for Paisley – for businesses and  residents. And with the great turnout that I am sure these events will get, they’ll put Paisley proudly on the map as a great place for hosting events such as The Spree in October and the Royal National Mod next year. The Chamber encourages businesses to plan for these events and maximise the opportunity they bring – they are a great opportunity to attract new customers.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at The Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley, said:  “There’s a real buzz about Paisley on these big event days as tens of thousands of people come into the town centre.  It’s good news that Paisley will have two big events to launch the run up to Christmas.  I’m sure our stores in the Piazza will be looking to make the most of this opportunity and welcome existing and new customers.”

More details will be announced in the coming weeks on the performers and activities at both events.

To keep up to date with all the details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter