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Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

Thousands helped Paisley celebrate one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – Sma’ Shot Day – with a weekend of history and heritage.

Costume-clad kids, street performers and families joined the parade led by the Charleston Drum – the traditional means of calling the weavers out for their annual festival.

An afternoon-long party of live music and entertainment took place on Abbey Close – featuring performances from PACE youth theatre and Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 – all building up to the traditional Burning of the Cork.

The festival began in 1856 after the Paisley weavers won their dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for the Sma’ Shot – a hidden cotton thread that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.

It’s one of Paisley’s most spectacular stories and couldn’t be better timed as a new campaign – What’s Our Story? – is launched asking local people to share what makes Paisley and Renfrewshire great and help transform the region’s image.

The campaign aims to capture the everyday moments and tales that make the area one of Britain’s most exciting and diverse to live in.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall says: “Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic piece of history for the town and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“In celebrating the struggle of the Paisley weavers to receive rightful compensation from their employers – the manufacturers of the Paisley Pattern shawls – it’s an event that shows we are renowned as passionate, radical people.

“Sma’ Shot is just one of the town’s stories and we know there are lots more the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have to tell. What’s Our Story? is all about capturing the full, authentic warmth and vibrancy of local people.

“A new brand for Renfrewshire must come from the people who live, work and study here. It is for that reason twe are asking everyone in Renfrewshire for their help.”

The weekend’s entertainment continued with the popular poetry slam and two radical theatre productions – From the Calton to Catalonia and specially-commissioned Silver Threads.

Sma’ Shot Day is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

To submit your story about Paisley or Renfrewshire, visit WhatsOurStory.co.uk, share your story on social media using #MyStoryMyTown or complete one of the comments cards.

 

 

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Paisley, Renfrewshire 2nd July 2016 :: Sma’ Shot Day - Family Fun in Paisley FREE FIRST USEWarren Media01355 229700info@warrenmedia.co.ukwww.warrenmedia.co.ukAll images © Warren Media 2015. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Thanks to warrenmedia for the images.

Paisley 2021

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town’s unique and fascinating story to transform its future – by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people’s lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at www.paisley2021.co.uk.

Sma’ Shot Day

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley Patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day

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Area gets set for Sma’ Shot Day

Area gets set for Sma’ Shot Day

The countdown is on to one of the biggest events in Renfrewshire’s summer calendar when Sma’ Shot Day takes place on Saturday 6 July.

The popular annual event – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – will run from noon until 5pm in its usual location at Abbey Close.

Tony Lawler with Depute Provost John Caldwell

The fun begins at noon when the parade, headed by the beat of the Charleston Drum, sets off from Brodie Park.

Attractions include funfair rides at Abbey Close and Paisley Cross, a stage hosted by Pulse FM, plus bouncy castle, craft market, a mini-farm and charity stalls.

The day will culminate with the spectacular Burning of the Cork at 5pm.

Elsewhere, older folks can step away from the crowds at a tea dance in Paisley Town Hall at 1pm, with free tickets available from the town hall.

And in keeping with the event’s roots as a celebration of the local textile workers’ victory over the 19th-century mill owners, Central Library will be hosting a display and film of the life of celebrated Paisley-born trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is great tradition which celebrates an important episode in the town’s history.

“It is always a popular day for families, with plenty to entertain grown-ups and families alike, and I would encourage locals to get themselves along.”

Meanwhile, the man charged with drumming up a following for the event is hoping to stay injury-free this year.

Paisley man Tony Lawler is preparing for his 21st year beating the drum at the head of the parade.

He was at the centre of a brief drama last year when his enthusiastic drumming left him with a badly-cut hand – promptly bandaged by Provost Anne Hall, an ex-nurse.

Tony said: “I’m sure it will be great day, although I hope to avoid any injury this year!

“This will be the first Sma’ Shot Day I have done since being made a Freeman of Renfrewshire earlier this year, which means a lot to me.”

Tony Lawler with Depute Provost John Caldwell

Sma Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma Shot Day.

Residents are reminded that parking is free in all council-metered bays on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Sma’ Shot Day 2013

Sma’ Shot Day 2013

Celebrate the weavers’ victory in one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world!

Listen for the beat of the Charleston Drum as it makes its way from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, and watch the colourful procession, headed by The Cork…who always meets a spectacularly-fiery end!

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With music, entertainment, stalls, mini-zoo and so much more, it’s always a great day out for all the family.

The parade is on from noon to 12.45pm, with the burning of the cork at 5pm.

Paisley Central Library will be hosting a display and film on the life of celebrated trade unionist Willie Gallacher. There will also be a tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, with free tickets available from the town hall.

Date: Saturday 6 July

Time: Noon until 5pm

Venue: Abbey Close and elsewhere, Paisley town centre

Sma’ Shot Festival

The festival came about as a result of a political battle fought between the weavers of Paisley and their employers, the manufacturers, in the 19th Century.

The Sma’ (small) Shot was a cotton thread which bound all the colourful weft threads into the warps of the famous shawls.

However, the Sma’ Shot was unseen in the finished garments and so the manufacturers, known locally as ‘corks’, refused to pay for the thread.The weavers had no choice but to buy the thread themselves. Without it the shawls would fall apart and the weavers would not be paid for their work. A long dispute followed.

The Charleston drum, which was beaten through the streets of Paisley to summon the weavers in times of trouble, was beaten once again to rally the weavers in protest marches. After a long and hard struggle, the manufacturers backed down and the weavers were paid for the Sma’ Shot.

In 1856 the first Saturday in July, a traditional holiday for the weavers, was renamed Sma’ Shot Day in honour of the victory.From that day and for many years, the Charleston drum was used to rally weavers and lead them to the departure point for their annual trip, usually “doon the watter” to Ayr.
The demise of the weaving industry, the introduction of the five day working week and a change in local government brought an end to Sma’ Shot Day in 1975, but in 1986 local councillors and the people of Paisley decided to revive this great tradition.
Since then, on the first Saturday of July, once more the beating of the Charleston drum rallies the people of Paisley to a gathering outside Paisley Town Hall, and a procession is held through the streets of Paisley, led by ‘The Cork’, an effigy of one of the manufacturers defeated by the Paisley weavers.
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Civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion

Civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell has spoken of his ‘honour and pleasure’ in hosting a civic welcome for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders following their recent parade through Paisley.

Depute Provost Caldwell met with officers and soldiers at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley following the parade by The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 Scots).

DP with soldier families

“I know from speaking to some of the soldiers, their families and their commanders just how much it has meant for the community of Renfrewshire to honour their tradition of service and their historic links with the area.

“Everyone involved stressed that although the 5th Battalion’s role is changing, the links with the traditional recruiting areas will remain as strong as ever.

“When I was looking at the history of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in advance of meeting with the soldiers, it was amazing to see the history they have been involved in and helped to shape.

“That history includes the Boer War, the Somme, the Crimean War, the Peninsular war, the Korean War and right up to more recent conflicts.

“In 2011, Renfrewshire Council awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in recognition of that service and that proud local connection.

“I was delighted to take this opportunity to say to the battalion that the deeds and courage of current and former officers and soldiers will continue be remembered with pride in Renfrewshire.”

Depute Provost Caldwell rounded off the occasion by exchanging plaques with battalion and regimental commanders.

Paisley soldiers

Paisley soldiers at Renfrewshire Council’s civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Cpl Gary Adam, Cpl Arron White, Cpl William Hart, Pvt James Connelly, Cpl Sean Dick, Cpl John Fay, Cpl john Downie.

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Details of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders parade in Paisley Tomorrow.

SCOTTISH SOLDIERS HOLD PARADES IN PORT GLASGOW, PAISLEY, STIRLING AND FALKIRK

Soldiers from The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) will hold a series of parades throughout their traditional Scottish recruiting areas in June 2013. The battalion, which is currently based in Canterbury, will march in Port Glasgow, Paisley, Stirling and Falkirk.

argyls-paisleyAs part of the Army 2020 announcement in July 2012, the need for a Scottish Public Duties Incremental Company was identified. Therefore, the decision was made to reduce 5 SCOTS and convert their role from an Air Assault Battalion to a Public Duty Incremental Company. 

In June 2013 the battalion will become, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) – a fully formed Light Infantry Company, with around 100 soldiers, whose primary role will be to conduct State Ceremonial and Public Duties across Scotland. The reduction in strength will see the majority of soldier’s backfilling to other Scottish battalions.

Official Parade Details updated from last night..

Parade sets off at 11am down Gilmour Street to High Street.

Along High Street to Storie Street.

Down Storie Street into Witherspoon Street Witherspoon Street into New Street.

Cross Causeyside Street into Orchard Street.

Turn left into Bridge Street.

Turn Left into Abbey Close. 

Lord Lieutenant and Depute Provost receives the Battalion at

approximately 11.45am.

 

Details courtesy of Renfrewshire Council and the British Army Press office.

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Vintage fire engines to rally in Paisley

A fleet of vintage fire engines will roll through Paisley town centre when the popular Fire Engine Rally returns on Saturday 18 August.

The free event will see an impressive fleet of engines, dating from the 19th century to the present day, proceed through the town from the Fire Station on Canal Street to County Square.

The parade will leave the fire station at 11am, progressing through Causeyside St and Gilmour St.

There will be plenty of entertainment for adults and children throughout the day, including fire safety demonstrations and giveaways. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity to see some of the impressive fire appliances used at Glasgow Airport.

Area Commander Alan Fairbairn of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “I am absolutely delighted that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society have this opportunity to showcase their vintage fire engines. This wonderful event allows us to meet the communities that we serve, in order to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This is Paisley’s fourth annual Fire Engine Rally and it has developed into a wonderful event. It’s a great opportunity to see up close some of the fascinating vehicles which have been used over the years by the fire service.”

The event is run in partnership with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society which is operated by volunteers who have an interest in the traditions of the fire service. Most weekends they provide fire appliances to events, open days and galas as well as supporting charitable causes.

You can find out more on our Facebook Events Page https://www.facebook.com/events/378372832230072/

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Sma Shot Day 2012

Saturday 7th July saw this year’s Sma’ Shot Day parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close. 

This year the weather played a major part in the event – the night before the event the contractors who were tasked with setting up the many stalls outside Paisley Town Hall had major problems with the wind and had to construct two large marquees instead. The main parade was also hit by the weather when strong heavy rain tried to dampen spirits just before and during the parade but thankfully the parade and its participants all smiled and braved the rain.

Just as the parade started and was heading towards Neilston Road shops, Tony Lawler the Charleston Drummer hit straight through the side of the drum (which dates back to Napoleonic times) cutting his thumb in the process. The parade was temporarily halted but Tony was made of sterner stuff and the parade snaked its way down to Paisley Town Centre to lots of applause from those watching from the side.

The now traditional pint of lager at the Wellington was a welcome distraction for Tony and a welcome rest for the parade as it reached its half way point. As the parade hit Abbey close the crowds gave it a rapturous reception and the participants could relax.

From the pictures above, you can see the parade from start to finish as well as the excellent BMX Stunt Riders “The Clan”. The video below is the journey from Brodie Park to the end point in Abbey Close, you will notice the rain is a feature in almost all the images!

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Santa comes to Dobbie’s Garden Centre Paisley (eventually)

Dobbies Santa

Our campaign, along with Maura Currie, (@mauracurrie & @paisleyorguk ) has been resolved by Dobbies and Santa will now appear in the Paisley store, here is the press release from the Dobbies Facebook page. This decision was taken after intense campaigning via Twitter and Facebook with the help of the Paisley Daily Express’s Alison Rennie. We spoke to Amanda from Dobbies Garden centre’s press team who confirmed that they have now reversed their decision for Santa to not visit the store, and he will now be appearing on the dates below.

Dobbies Santa

Press Release from Dobbies:

Thanks everyone for all your comments on Santa at Paisley. We value our customers’ opinions and as a result of your feedback we are delighted to announce that Santa will be coming to the Centre on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. This free festive family event will run across weekend, where children can meet the big man in red and receive a free gift – we hope this event will add some festive cheer for our loyal customers at Paisleyahead of the stores closure at the end of the year. https://www.facebook.com/DobbiesGC