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Huge crowd turns out to see Union J light up Paisley

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The stars came out to help light up Paisley at the weekend as the town sparkled during its annual free festive party.

Chart-topping boyband Union J were the star attraction as a crowd of 32,000 came out to see the town’s Christmas Lights switched on.

Jaymi, Josh, JJ and George delighted the crowd with hits including Carry You and a cover of It’s Beginning to look a Lot Like Christmas.

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They then joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and competition winner Niamh Divers of St Peters Primary in Paisley to push the button to illuminate Paisley town centre.

The crowd at the main stage in Gauze Street had already enjoyed a full afternoon of live entertainment, including a set from Glasgow synth-pop act Prides.

The three-piece kept the crowd going with hits including Messiah and even a cover of Katy Perry’s Roar.

And before that children’s favourites the Singing Kettle had the young ones singing along, with Clyde 1 DJ Gina McKie keeping the crowd going in between acts.

The fun got under way at noon when Santa himself showed up to lead the reindeer parade around the town centre, watched by a crowd of thousands.

Other attractions around the town centre during the day included a snow beach, funfair, children’s entertainers and the Slug in a Bottle market.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council as one the flagship days out in its ever-expanding town centre events programme.

And Provost Hall said: “Once again, Paisley shone in the seasonal spotlight.

“The event is now well-established as the centrepiece of the area’s festive countdown, and a popular family day out.

“It is always a pleasure to be a part of something so well-attended and to see enjoyment on the faces of young and old on the day.

“Year after year we find the event brings people into the town from outwith the area, so it is really helping to put Paisley on the map.

“And it’s always great to see the place so busy, with all the benefits that brings for traders.”

The festive fun doesn’t end here, with Christmas switch-on events still to take place in Renfrew (Saturday 22 November) and Johnstone (Saturday 29 November).

More information can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

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Union J set to lead Paisley Christmas party

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for a fantastic festive party in the town centre when chart-topping boyband Union J lead the bill at the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The Xmas extravaganza – set to attract a crowd of tens of thousands – takes place on Saturday 15 November and will see a full day of entertainment in the town centre.

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The fun starts at noon with the annual reindeer parade, led by Santa himself, before Clyde 1 DJs get the fun under way on the main stage in Gauze Street at 1pm.

Acts set to appear during the afternoon include children’s entertainers The Singing Kettle at 1.30pm, with the much-loved group on their farewell tour.

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Next up at 3.30pm are Glasgow’s electropop sensations Prides, who have had a momentous 2014, including an appearance in front of a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

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And the headline act will be Union J, who have had three top-ten hits since finishing fourth on the X Factor in 2012, and will take to the stage at 5.30pm before helping Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switch on the lights at 6pm.

And Union J’s Jaymi Hensley had a special message for his Renfrewshire fans, saying: “We are really looking forward to coming to Paisley.

“We’ve been told it’s always a really fun day so we’re looking forward to doing a big outdoor gig in the town centre for thousands of people.

“And it will be lovely to catch up with our Scottish fans as they’ve always given us great backing.”

Elsewhere in the town centre there will be a snow beach, funfair, Christmas craft workshops, face painting and children’s entertainers, as well as the chance to shop for craft, design and vintage clothing at the Slug in a Bottle market.

The event is being held by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Over the past few years, Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch-on has grown and grown into a massive event – and one which attracts people into Paisley from outwith the local area.

“Our whole events programme is geared towards using our town centres as venues, thus ensuring local traders can soak up the benefits of having such big crowds on their doorsteps.

“This year we have again put together another programme of top-quality entertainment along what is already a winning formula.

“I am sure the event will again be popular so I would encourage people to come along be part of it, we look forward to seeing you there.”

There are two other Christmas Lights Switch-on events still to come locally, in Renfrew on Saturday 22 November and Johnstone a week later.

Residents are reminded there will be a series of road closures in Paisley town centre on the day of the event, and these can be seen at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Union J to headline Paisley Christmas lights spectacular

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Union J to headline Paisley Christmas lights spectacular.

Chart-topping boyband Union J are on their way to Renfrewshire to headline the area’s annual festive extravaganza.

The four boys will perform in Paisley town centre on Saturday 15 November before the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

They will be joined on the bill by Glasgow synth-pop band Prides and by family favourites The Singing Kettle.

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The event will run from noon and will include an appearance by Santa during the traditional reindeer parade, as well as the Slug in a Bottle market.

The live entertainment on the giant outdoor stage in Gauze Street will be hosted by Clyde One DJs throughout the afternoon, before the big switch-on at 6pm.

Union J – Josh, JJ, Jaymi and George – burst into the public eye while finishing fourth on TV’s X Factor in 2012 and since then have racked up three top ten singles.

They will be set to bring their legions of fans to the Paisley event, which usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands to the town.

Prides will take to the stage after a momentous 2014 which saw them release their debut EP and perform for hundreds of millions worldwide during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

And ever-popular children’s trio Singing Kettle will help keep the young ones in the crowd entertained earlier on in the day, as part of their farewell tour before their final shows early next year.

Previous headliners have included Tinchy Stryder, The View, Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon.

The Paisley Christmas lights switch-on is part of a programme of major events being laid on by Renfrewshire Council this winter. The cost of the performers will be covered by sponsorship from local organisations.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on is the biggest event we hold each year and always a great day for families and music fans alike.

“Previous events have brought anything between 30,000 and 40,000 into the town centre, with all the benefits that brings to local traders.

“The council has big plans to use events and culture as the driving force behind a wide-ranging programme of regeneration for the town over the next decade.

“Established events like the Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on give us a solid foundation from which to start, and we want to build on the success of that.”

The 10 to 18 October will see the third annual Spree festival, Paisley’s national arts festival, with a bill of top-notch music, comedy and culture planned. Tickets are on sale now at www.thespree.co.uk

Other events in Renfrewshire over the next few months include a brand-new Halloween festival (Friday 31 October), the annual fireworks spectacular (Saturday 1 November) and Christmas lights switch-ons in Renfrew and Johnstone.

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