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Johnstone Fire Engine Rally Photographs

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Hundreds of residents enjoyed getting up close to vintage vehicles when the ever-popular Fire Engine Rally rolled into Johnstone at the weekend.

Big crowds descended on Houstoun Square for a full afternoon of family fun as emergency vehicles old and new gathered in the town centre.

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All photographs taken courtesy of Ian McDonald Photography for www.paisley.org.uk

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Johnstone gets switched on for Christmas

Hundreds of people turned out this weekend for Johnstone’s Christmas Lights switch on.

The event in Houston Square saw celebrity designer John Amabile join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and twins Abbie and Blaire Monkman, from Houston, to officially light up the town for the festive season.

Gryffe High pupils Abbie and Blair, 11, switched on the lights in memory of their mother Debbie who passed away recently at St Vincent’s Hospice.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with St Vincent’s, a charity which John is patron of.

Entertainment was provided by Clyde One’s Gina McKie and Kevin Cameron with lucky locals winning tickets to see Peter Andre, Pixie Lott and Mamma Mia.

There were performances by 22-year-old pop act GeO, who has supported many acts including Westlife, Alesha Dixon and Peter Andre, and Renfrewshire’s own Jamie McArthur. Local groups Dans-scene and Per4mance Stage School also took to the stage.
There was a snow beach provided by SnoZone at Braehead, a St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Cafe and Santa’s Grotto within a marquee in Houston Square.
Provost Lawson said: “Johnstone switch on was a fantastic day and definitely the best turn out we’ve had in recent years. There was a real family atmosphere and great to see performances from such talented local youngsters.”

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Designer John turns his hand to Johnstone Christmas Lights

Celebrity designer John Amabile will make a big switch from interior to outdoor decorations when he helps turn on Johnstone’s Christmas lights this weekend.
John, well known from TV shows such as 60 Minute Makeover, GMTV and This Morning, will join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and 11-year-old twins Abbie and Blair Monkman to turn on the lights on Saturday 27 November.
The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospice, a charity which John is patron of.
John said: “I’m so looking forward to the Johnstone switch on to Christmas and delighted to support St. Vincent hospice – a local charity much in need of our support!”

The day kicks off at 12.30pm with Clyde One Roadshow, hosted by Gina McKie and Kevin Cameron, including game, goodie bags and giveaways such as tickets to see Peter Andre and Pixie Lott. Tickets to see Mamma Mia at the Clyde Auditorium will also be up for grabs.
There will be performances by 22-year-old pop act GeO who has supported many acts including Westlife, Alesha Dixon and Peter Andre.
Local boy Jamie McArthur, who recently raised money for Cash For Kids by performing outside Braehead Shopping Centre for eight hours solid, will also be taking to the stage as well as local groups Dans-scene and Per4mance Stage School.
There will also be a snow beach provided by SnoZone at Braehead, a St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Cafe and Santa’s Grotto within a marquee in Houston Square.
Abbie and Blair will switch on the lights in tribute to their mother Debbie, 49, who passed away recently while in the care of St Vincent’s Hospice.
Abbie and Blair said: “We’re really, really looking forward to switching on the Christmas lights in Johnstone in memory of our mum.”
Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I’m delighted to have John, Abbie and Blair joining me for Johnstone’s Christmas Lights switch on. St Vincent’s is a wonderful and deserving charity.
“Johnstone Christmas Lights switch is getting bigger and beeter and the day promises to be great fun with lots of entertainment, games, giveaways, snow and even Santa himself. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see lots of people out in Houston Square on the day.”
Kibble will also be selling real Christmas trees on the day, with a donation going to St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Wallace Day 2010

HUNDREDS of patriotic Scots will descend on Braveheart Sir William Wallace’s Elderslie birthplace later this month to commemorate his murder over 700 years ago.
The traditional Wallace Day parade will take place on Saturday, August 21, and leaves from Ludovic Square, in Johnstone, at 2.30pm to walk to the Wallace Monument, in Elderslie, where wreaths are laid.
In the evening, Elderslie Village Hall will host an evening of entertainment with Ted Christopher and Albannach, and a bar will be available.
Wallace Day is one of the most colourful in Renfrewshire’s year and the march is headed by a pipe band and many of those who go along get right into the spirit of things by wearing tartan and carrying Saltires.
Wallace, along with Andrew Moray, is remembered for defeating an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297.
Organisers say the march dedicated to the freedom fighter will draw hundreds of people from across the country.
Wallace was born in the village around 1270 and went on to become Renfrewshire’s most famous son as, along with Andrew Moray, he defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
He was named Guardian of Scotland but resigned the post after defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.
Wallace evaded English attempts on his life for several years until he was captured at Robroyston in 1305.
He was handed over to Edward I of England, who had him executed for treason at Smithfield, London.
Now the Society of William Wallace will mark his death with their latest rally.

Text taken from the Paisley Daily Express website read the rest of the post here.