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Johnstone Town Hall opens with afternoon-long party

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Johnstone’s new town hall was given a housewarming to remember at the weekend – with an afternoon-long party to which the whole town was invited.

Thousands turned out to enjoy entertainment laid on by Renfrewshire Council designed to celebrate the £14.5m facility in the heart of the town.

The official opening was performed by local MSP Hugh Henry, who unveiled a plaque during a short ceremony for guests from the local community.

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Clyde 1 DJs Gina McKie and George Bowie got the public party started on the main stage in Houstoun Square, with an afternoon of music, dance and more, as well as a funfair.

Acts appearing on the day included Scottish X Factor starlet Emily Middlemas, as well as local rockers Lemonhaze, singer Liam Doyle, McCallum School of Music, Splash Productions, Christine Aitken School of Dance and Johnstone Brass Band.

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There was also plenty going on for kids, with theatre performances inside the town hall, plus giant inflatables in Ludovic Square.

And local traders were able to show off everything the town has to offer to visitors, with a showcase run by the Johnstone Business Consortium.

The fun continued into the evening with a family ceilidh led by Clamjamfrie in the main hall – showing off the flexibility of the facility.

The town hall will be a hub for life in Johnstone and the villages for generations to come, and contains modern facilities including theatre space, a library, dance studio, ceremony suite, cafe, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

The building is also home to offices for council housing, social work, registry and Adviceworks staff, meaning it acts as a one-stop shop for a range of services.

Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support are also due to move into the building later this year.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was there on the day and said: “This town hall is very much for the people of Johnstone – it was designed in partnership with the community and with their needs in mind.

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“So it was only fitting that we put something on in the town centre on the day of the official opening which would bring the people of Johnstone and the villages into the new building and the area around it.

“The day itself was a great success – it’s always a pleasure to be out and about and meeting people at occasions like this.”

The new Johnstone Town Hall is now available for functions, and will soon be taking its first wedding.

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Paisley Fireworks show gets ready for blast-off

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for an intergalactic extravaganza when the area’s annual fireworks display takes place on Saturday 1 November.

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This year’s fireworks display will be built around a space theme, with a musical soundtrack to match, with the display at 6pm.

The fun starts at noon when Clyde 1 DJs take to the main stage on Gauze Street to introduce an afternoon of music and live entertainment before the fireworks finale.

The star turn will be Scotland’s X Factor star Emily Middlemas, who made it as far as judges’ houses stage in this year’s show.

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The 16-year-old singer-songwriter – a former pupil of Paisley’s Loud ‘n’ Proud, and McCallum School of Music – said: “Most of my musical inspirations came from Paisley.

“I am really looking forward to returning to the town that kicked off my musical career and can’t wait to perform there at the fireworks show.”

Emily will be joined on the main stage by new Scottish boyband 4th State, street dance crew Loonique and local teenage guitar band Dogtooth.

The fireworks will be launched from Cotton Street, meaning the best views for the public will be in the area around Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

The final act before fireworks will be a sonic and visual spectacular from LED drummers Spark! who also play the Paisley Halloween Festival on Friday 31 October.

The timetable is as follows: Noon – Clyde 1 DJs kick off the fun; 1pm to 2pm – Create Paisley showcase; 2.30pm to 3pm – 4th State; 3.30pm to 4pm – Dogtooth; 4pm to 4.15pm – Emily Middlemas; 4.45pm to 5pm – Loonique; 5.30pm to 6pm – Spark! LED drummers; 6pm – Fireworks finale

Other attractions on offer will include a funfair, while there will be face painters and street entertainers out in the town centre during the day.

Residents should be aware there will be a series of road closures implemented from Friday evening onwards in the area around Gauze Street and Cotton Street, with parts of Seedhill Road, Mill Street and Causeyside Street to be closed from mid-afternoon on Saturday until after the event.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The annual fireworks display is an established family favourite and usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands.

“The council’s successful and growing events programme is geared towards bringing people into our town centres, with all the benefits that brings for traders.

“We have another bill of top-notch entertainment lined up for this Saturday and I look forward to seeing another big crowd in the town centre this year.”

The fireworks show takes place on day after the first-ever Paisley Halloween Festival on the evening of Friday 31 October, featuring a spectacular lantern-lit parade with LED drummers, and Scotland first fire garden with sculptures made from flames.

Saturday 15 November will see the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on, which this year will be headlined by chart-topping boyband Union J.

Renfrewshire Council would like to thank the organisations who have provided sponsorship towards this year’s event – Hamishes Hoose, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Leisure and intu Braehead.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]