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Fire Engine Rally attracts crowds to town centre

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Fire Engine Rally attracts crowds to town centre

Renfrewshire residents turned out in their numbers at the weekend to grab a glimpse of some vintage vehicles during the Fire Engine Rally

Hundreds of people gathered in Paisley town centre on Saturday afternoon for the popular annual event, which is now in its fifth year.

A mixture of old-style and current fire appliances paraded through the town from Canal Street Fire Station before parking in County Square and Gilmour Street.

The event was run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

There was plenty to keep visitors entertained, with chip-pan fire demonstrations and a fire-engine bouncy castle.

Other emergency services who met the public on the day included the Glasgow Airport fire crew, and blood-transfusion motorcycle couriers from the Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service.

Being ‘rescued’ was Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who volunteered to be cut from a car by the fire brigade as part of a safety demo.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrewshire residents turned out in their numbers for one of our town centre events, following on from Sma’ Shot Day and the Paisley Pipe Band Championship last month, both of which were well attended.

“The day carried a serious message in terms of fire safety and was a great showcase for the work of the fire brigade – although I would like to reserve a special thank-you to the ones who rescued me from inside the car!”

“I also have to compliment the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust for their work to restore these magnificent vehicles, as it gives young and old alike a chance to see a piece of our history in action.”

Info from Renfrewshire Council

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Paisley gets set for vintage fire vehicle visit

Fire engine rally 2012

Paisley gets set for vintage fire vehicle visit

Renfrewshire residents will get the chance to go on red alert with rescue vehicles from yesteryear this weekend when the Fire Engine Rally takes place in Paisley.

The popular annual event is expected to draw a crowd to the town centre as young and old alike gather to get up close with a collection of vintage fire engines from through the ages, alongside some modern appliances.

Fire engine rally 2012Saturday’s event begins with a parade from Canal Street Fire Station, continuing through Causeyside Street and Gilmour Street to County Square.

The engines will then gather in County Square and Gilmour Street for a family fun day, including chip-pan fire demos, kids’ entertainers, a fire-engine bouncy castle and much more.

The parade leaves Canal Street at 11am, with entertainment running until 4pm.

The event – now in its fifth year – is being run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally is the latest in our series of town centre events running through the summer.

“We have already had great crowds for Sma’ Shot Day and the Paisley Pipe Band Championships, and hope to have the same again on Saturday.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust do a great job of keeping these machines operational, and I would encourage residents to come out and see this little bit of history in action for themselves.”

Fire engine rally 2012Paul Tanzilli, Senior Officer for Fire & Rescue Services in Renfrewshire, added: “It’s great to see so many people support this event year after year.

“The range of fire appliances on show at the event will include the very old alongside the latest models which serve the community day in day out.

“The rally is a fun event but there will also be an opportunity for people to get safety advice and arrange a home fire safety visit by fire crews whenever it suits them.”

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Rail links plea on Paisley’s Mòd


Rail links plea on Paisley’s Mòd

Scottish Ministers are being urged to reverse cuts in rail services at Paisley Gilmour Street in time for Paisley’s hosting of the Royal National Mòd in October.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan has written to Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, asking him to reverse controversial cuts on rail services stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street on Glasgow-Ayrshire routes.  The changes were introduced in December 2012.


“Everyone is working hard to make Paisley’s hosting of the Mòd a success,” said Councillor Macmillan

“It’s vital that the Scottish Government plays its part too.

“Paisley has a unique product to offer the thousands of competitors and visitors who will come to the town.

“We can offer unique event spaces and an unrivalled cultural, industrial and architectural heritage.

“A major part of Paisley’s appeal has long been its public transport links by train, bus or plane at nearby Glasgow Airport.

“Discussions are continuing with local bus companies to amend services and timetables to cater for potential travel demand during this special event.

“However, the Minister’s decision to support cuts in rail services stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street is a potentially damaging factor in our efforts to attract visitors.

“It would be a massive boost for the Mòd, and The Spree, the national arts and music festival which is held at Paisley at the same time, if these damaging cuts were reversed by October.

“Paisley Gilmour Street is the fourth busiest rail station in Scotland and its role as an important regional transport hub should be reinforced not reduced.

“There has already been some tinkering at the margins in bringing back some off-peak rail services stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street on Saturdays.

“It’s time there was fair treatment and fair services for rail passengers in Renfrewshire.  With these major events coming to Paisley, there’s no better time for the Scottish Government to make that change.”

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Paisley Giraffe

Giraffe cash machine

Paisley Giraffe

Tuesday 18th September saw a very colourful character walking about town, pulling a giraffe patterned suitcase around with them they certainly brought some fun and colour to the town according to the photographs! Who was this person in a Giraffe Costume spotted throughout the town centre?

If it was someone you know then please get in touch but also please feel free to leave some comments below.

Is it the same person who laid the Sunflowers at Gilmour Street Station entrance a few weeks back? Who knows? Discuss please…

Pictures above show the giraffe walking down Gilmour Street from County Square, even stopping at the Dunfermline Building Society cash machine before taking a stroll through Dunn Square. Photographs by Jean-Marie Stewart of and passing motorist Wilma Lafferty.

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Fire Engine Rally Paisley Photographs afternoon


Here are some photos of the afternoon session with the Fire Engine Rally in Gilmour Street and County Square, Paisley.

All photos are taken by Ian McDonald for

Please send any photographs you have in and we shall showcase them to all our visitors.

If you would like to send in some photos for display please send them into full credit will be given.