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Paisley set for Christmas Lights Switch On

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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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on Bus Routes

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on Bus Routes.

The town centre of Paisley will be alive to the sound of Fireworks this year when the annual pyrotechnics display comes to town on the 2nd November 2013. This event is extremely popular with families and if last years Halloween theme event was anything to go by then they just get bigger and better…

Time: Entertainment from noon, fireworks at 6pm

Venue: Paisley Town Centre

mcgillsThere will of course be a change to the routes and pick up points for the bus services through the town centre, please see below for all the relevant changes.

Bus Routes and pick up points

Paisley Firework display Saturday 2nd November and Christmas Lights switch on Saturday 16th November 2013
McGills service alterations & diversions

On the above dates Paisley Town Centre will be closed and some of the McGills services will experience route diversions and slight timetable alterations, please see below for details of your route changes…. Any route number not included is an unaffected service…

Service 7 – To Glasgow – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, into Gordon St, Mill St then Glasgow Rd and continuing on as normal
Service 7 – To Linwood – Glasgow Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and continuing as normal

Service 10 – TO BE CONFIRMED

Service 20 – To Gallowhill – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd and continuing as normal…
Service 20 – To Johnstone – Glasgow Rd, left into Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and onwards as normal

Service 26 – To Paisley (part route service) – Will terminate in Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St. Left into Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St, Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey to Glenburn
Service 26 – To Glasgow – Causeyside St, right into Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd. Return journey to Glenburn (reverse route)

Service 38 – To Glasgow – Witherspoon St, right into Causeyside, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St and Glasgow Rd, continuing route as normal
Service 38 – To Johnstone – Glasgow Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St, Witherspoon St and continuing route as normal.

Service 54 – To Paisley – Will terminate in Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 54 – To Neilston – Service will commence on Causeyside St (at Cancer Research Shop) and onwards as normal

Service 60 – To Paisley – Will terminate on Witherspoon St, turning left into New St for return journey to Foxbar

Service 61 – To Paisley – Canal St, Left into Causey side St and terminates at Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 61 – To Foxbar – Service will start on Causeyside St (At Cancer Research Shop) right into Canal St and onwards as normal

Service 64 – TO BE CONFIRMED

Service 66 – To Paisley – Service will terminate on Causeyside St / Junction with Witherspoon St.
(Bus will circle Witherspoon St, New St, High St, Storie St Witherspoon St and Causeyside St for return journey)
Service 66 – To Dykebar – Service will commence on Causeyside St (at Cancer Research Shop) and continues on as normal

Service 101 – To Braehead – Causeyside St, right into Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St, Weir St, Smithills St, Central Rd and continues on as normal
Service 101 – To Auchenback – Renfrew Rd, Incle St, Mill St, Gordon St, left into Causeyside St and continues on as normal

Service 904 – To Paisley – Causeyside St, left into Johnston St, Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St and terminates at Weir St
Service 904 – To Largs – Service will commence on Causeyside St and left into Witherspoon St

Thanks to Tracey Clements for this information.

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Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013

Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013.

Tinchy Stryder and The View play Paisley

Lights set to twinkle alongside A-list stars

This year’s Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with not one, but two headline acts performing on Saturday 16 November.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View will be on hand to kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, female pop sensation Alexa, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER, 2013

12 NOON REINDEER PARADE COMMENCES FROM GILMOUR STREET

1PM CLYDE ONE ROADSHOW COMMENCES

1.10PM MAGIC SHOW

2.00PM MR MEANOR

3.00PM ALEXA

3.30PM FLYING JALAPENOS

4.30PM TINCHY STRYDER

5.30PM THE VIEW

5.55PM PROVOST & COMPETITION WINNER

6.00PM LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

Tinchy Stryder will take to the stage performing his biggest hits, including new single Help Me. With two top 10 albums, seven top 10 singles, Tinchy will get the party started in style.

Tinchy Stryder

With two number one singles under his belt and collaborations with acts such as Taio Cruz, Wiley, Pixie Lott and Calvin Harris, Tinchy will bring a show never been seen before in Paisley.

The View formed in 2005 when four schoolmates got together and started writing music.

Two years later, they emerged with the Mercury-nominated, chart-topping debut album Hats Off To The Buskers and embarked on huge tours, tearing up stages across the globe.

Three albums later, including two in the top ten, countless Best Album awards and numerous top ten singles the band are now older, wiser and ready.

Before the big finale there is a terrific line-up throughout the day. Starting with the traditional reindeer parade at noon from Gilmour Street, which this year will be led by Santa Claus himself!

Completing the musical line-up is Mr Meanor, a four-piece pop/R&B boyband with members from the US and UK and YouTube sensation Alexa.

On the main stage in Gauze Street the Clyde 1 Roadshow team with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson will be ready to kick-off the live entertainment from 1pm.

They’ll introduce all the top performers, as well as playing music and offering some great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon.

Paisley Christmas Lights

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will hit the Big Red Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013 button at 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony has established itself as being the best way to start the Christmas season.

“This year’s line-up will again draw a huge crowd to Paisley town centre for the performances and the programme of activities and entertainments going on throughout the day.

“Renfrewshire Council has invested in our events programme to support businesses and boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre. The Christmas Lights switch-on is a highlight of that approach.

“We are continuing to work with the local business community on their continuing involvement in and support of the town centre events programme.

“Last year almost 40,000 people came in to Paisley town centre for this exciting annual event. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic day in Paisley.”

Information courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Tinchy Stryder and The View to play Paisley Xmas lights switch-on

Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder and The View to play Paisley Xmas lights switch-on

Lights set to twinkle alongside A-list stars

This year’s Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with not one, but two headline acts performing on Saturday 16 November.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View will be on hand to kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, female pop sensation Alexa, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.

Tinchy Stryder will take to the stage performing his biggest hits, including new single Help Me. With two top 10 albums, seven top 10 singles, Tinchy will get the party started in style.

Tinchy Stryder

With two number one singles under his belt and collaborations with acts such as Taio Cruz, Wiley, Pixie Lott and Calvin Harris, Tinchy will bring a show never been seen before in Paisley.

The View formed in 2005 when four schoolmates got together and started writing music.

Two years later, they emerged with the Mercury-nominated, chart-topping debut album Hats Off To The Buskers and embarked on huge tours, tearing up stages across the globe.

Three albums later, including two in the top ten, countless Best Album awards and numerous top ten singles the band are now older, wiser and ready.

Before the big finale there is a terrific line-up throughout the day. Starting with the traditional reindeer parade at noon from Gilmour Street, which this year will be led by Santa Claus himself!

Completing the musical line-up is Mr Meanor, a four-piece pop/R&B boyband with members from the US and UK and YouTube sensation Alexa.

On the main stage in Gauze Street the Clyde 1 Roadshow team with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson will be ready to kick-off the live entertainment from 1pm.

They’ll introduce all the top performers, as well as playing music and offering some great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will hit the Big Red Christmas Lights Switch-On button at 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony has established itself as being the best way to start the Christmas season.

“This year’s line-up will again draw a huge crowd to Paisley town centre for the performances and the programme of activities and entertainments going on throughout the day.

“Renfrewshire Council has invested in our events programme to support businesses and boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre. The Christmas Lights switch-on is a highlight of that approach.

“We are continuing to work with the local business community on their continuing involvement in and support of the town centre events programme.

“Last year almost 40,000 people came in to Paisley town centre for this exciting annual event. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic day in Paisley.”

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Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on 2012

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Stooshe get set to switch on Paisley

Chart-topping girl-band Stooshe are set to put an extra bit of spark into Paisleys Christmas Lights Switch on this year.

The band will top the bill at this year’s event which for the first time will have all the main performances funded through private sponsorship.

StoosheStooshe have taken the charts by storm in 2012 with their hits “Love Me” and “Black Heart” and their own unique style and lyrics ripping the traditional girl-band image to shreds.

The girls, who are soon to be supporting J-Lo on her UK tour, will be headlining a full day of festive fun on Saturday 10 November before officially switching on Paisley’s Christmas lights.

Before the big finale there is also a terrific line-up throughout the day including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Singing Kettle.
Renfrewshire Council have so far secured over £16,500 in commercial sponsorship for the event which will be used to fund the performers.
The main acts have been revealed following the announcement that this year Paisley will have two separate Christmas lights and Fireworks events providing a double events boost to the community and local retailers.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “After consulting with local businesses we took the decision to create two back to back all day events for the town centre which will really kick off the countdown to Christmas in style whilst also increasing local participation and providing a major boost to the town’s retailers. We’re also delighted to be working very closely with the business community to support our town centre events programme and for the first time ever fund all the main performers purely through private sponsorship.”

The event kicks off at 12 noon with the Piazza Shopping Centre’s traditional Reindeer parade from Gilmour Street, which will this year be lead by Santa with some special help from Buddie the Elf.

There will also be a Christmas farmers’ market and craft market.

The Clyde 1 Roadshow team will be leading the entertainment on the main stage from 1pm introducing the performers and offering some fantastic giveaways throughout the afternoon.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the line up for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch on. Stooshe are a really current and successful girl-band who’ll definitely bring something fun and different to this year’s event. It’s also great to have the fantastic Red Hot Chilli Pipers and family favourites The Singing Kettle returning as well as a huge range of activities and entertainment going on throughout the day.”

Sponsors so far include the Piazza Shopping Centre, the Paisley Centre, Braehead, St Mirren FC, Ingliston Country Club, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Strathclyde Police, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure and Central Building Contractors.

Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch on Saturday 10 November. To keep up to date with all the event details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter or like www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.