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Sma’ Shot Day kicks off summer events programme

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Sma’ Shot Day kicks off summer events programme

Renfrewshire residents enjoyed family fun at the weekend when Sma’ Shot Day kicked off the summer town centre events programme.

The popular annual event took place in the usual venue of Abbey Close and saw a crowd of thousands turn out over the course of the day.

The day – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – kicked off with a traditional parade from Brodie Park to the town centre, led by the beating of the Charleston Drum.

PACE theatre group

There, attractions included funfair rides in Bridge Street, as well as stalls such as the Slug in a Bottle market, offering vintage clothes and accessories.

The outdoor stage featured local bands from Create and Loud N Proud, as well as performances from PACE Youth Theatre Group, including an original piece called ‘Paisley: My Hopes My Dreams’.

Older people were also able to escape the crowds with a tea dance on in Paisley Town Hall.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was among the crowds on the day, and she said: “Once again, Sma’ Shot Day was a big hit with young and old alike. It’s always a pleasure to get out and about at these events.

“Sma’ Shot Day provides a link with the area’s proud past at the centre of the world’s textile industry.

“It is important we keep that history alive for future generations, which is why it is great to see the kids from PACE on stage doing just that.

“The council’s town centre events programme is key to the work we are doing to help regenerate the area, and we have a packed calendar of events over the next few weeks.”

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.

Renfrewshire will play host to several other big events this July. The Renfrewshire leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will tour the area on Thursday 17 July, with the Paisley Pipe Band Competition two days later.

On Saturday 26 July, County Square will host the world’s only pop-up track cycle race event, when StreetVelodrome makes its debut in the town.

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Fun in the sun as Sma’ Shot Day celebrated

Fun in the sun as Sma’ Shot Day celebrated

Renfrewshire residents had fun in the sun when the area’s big summer event calendar continued with Sma’ Shot Day.

Around 2,000 people gathered in Paisley town centre for the popular annual day out, designed to celebrate the 19th-century mill workers’ victory over their bosses in an industrial dispute.

The day kicked off at noon with the annual parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, headed by the familiar pounding of the Charleston Drum, carried by Freeman of Renfrewshire Tony Lawler.

The parade was joined for part of the route by St Mirren mascot Paisley Panda, who brought with him the League Cup.

At Abbey Close, speakers including Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell addressed the crowds, before DJs from Pulse FM took over the stage to provide entertainment.

Visitors were able to enjoy funfair rides, charity stalls, bouncy castle, craft market and mini-farm.

There was also a tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, and a film and display at Central Library on the life of celebrated Paisley trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

The day culminated, as always, with the spectacular Burning of the Cork – an effigy of a mill owner, which always meets a fiery ending.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is always a popular event for all the family, and I’m glad to say this year turned out no different.

“Events like this are a key part of the council’s strategy to get people into our town centres, so I was glad to see the day was so well attended.

“The event’s roots are connected to an important chapter in the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire and it is great to see people celebrating that to this 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.

Photographs courtesy of www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Freedom of Renfrewshire

Tony Lawler

Everyone at www.paisley.org.uk would like to say a hearty ‘Congratulations’ to Tony Lawler who today discovered that he has been granted the honour of Freeman of Renfrewshire.

The Freedom of Renfrewshire has only been granted twice to our knowledge in the last few years, the most recent being The Argyle and Southern Highlanders also renowned

Tony Lawler

Sculptor Sandy Stoddart and prior to that it had not been awarded for 50 years.

Renfrewshire Council made Tony a Freeman of Renfrewshire in recognition of him carrying the Charleston Drum and leading the parade on Sma’ Shot Day for 20 years.

Those who know Tony will acknowledge that he is mightily proud of being given this position and he continually promotes the town of Paisley to the wider public.

(Pictured right is Tony Lawler, The Charleston Drummer with Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall)

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