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Hi,

I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed:

“Paisley Town Centre Support Submission”
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/town-centre-submission?e

I really think this is an important cause, and I’d like to encourage you to add your signature, too. It’s free and takes less than a minute of your time.

Thanks!

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Paisley Author Lizzie McGlynn has a new book on sale you can find it on Amazon by clicking here, Or by Tesco by clicking here.

Book Description:

To the outside world, Lizzie McGlynn’s father was a model citizen. To little Lizzie he was a violent and depraved monster.

For years, Lizzie was raped and beaten by her father, whilst her alcoholic mother stood by, helpless. She eventually found the courage to report him and her father was imprisoned – but 12 weeks later he was allowed to return to the family home and continue his reign of terror. He seemed to be above the law.

Battered and violated, Lizzie knew she had to stay alive to protect her two little brothers. She went on to escape her father’s evil clutches, but the physical and mental scars continued to haunt her.

Then, as her father lay dying, she summoned the strength and courage to forgive the man who had caused her so much pain.

Link of interest Sunday Mail.

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BUDDIES are being asked to help fund a film that will tell the story of Paisley’s worst-ever loss of life.

December 31 is the 80th anniversary of the Glen Cinema Disaster in which 71 young lives were lost.

Now, the Paisley Development Trust is working with Paul Mothersole, director of the Glen Cinema exhibition, which was staged five years ago, to make a DVD that aims to be a lasting memorial to the dead.

A total of £1,500 is needed to bring the project about and, so far, just £300 has been raised.

Piero Pieraccini, of the Paisley Development Trust, said: “Production costs are running at £150 per day and full use has been made of the available resources.

“We are running out of cash to complete filming and to print the film. There are about 10 days of work needed to finalise it and make it ready for a final viewing.

“In short what we desperately require is £1,500.

“We have approached the usual funding bodies but with no positive response.”

Mr Pieraccini, who is well-known as the boss of Paisley watering hole Hamishes Hoose, is appealing to businesses and individuals to consider donating cash, no matter how little, to the project.

“Even a small amount from individuals would be helpful,” he said.

“There is a lot of footage of survivors from the original exhibition that has never been seen and we would want to include that in the DVD.

“It would be on sale to the public but we would also distribute it to schools so that kids can see what happens. We want to keep it fresh in people’s minds.”

It was on Hogmanay 1929 that excited youngsters packed into the Glen Cinema, at Paisley Cross.

Smoke was detected, there was a shout of “Fire!” and a crush ensued in which more than 70 children died.

Buddies have never forgotten what happened to this day.

A plaque commemorates the disaster at the site of the cinema, which is now a furniture store.

Mr Pieraccini, right, spoke directly to Buddies: “If you can assist in helping us find the balance or would like to make a contribution to our costs, your help would not only be very much appreciated by us but by the whole of Renfrewshire.”

Anyone wishing to pledge cash can do so by emailing paisley_development_trust@yahoo.co.uk or by sending a cheque, made out to the trust, care of Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Service, 27 Clark Street, Paisley.

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Newsletter produced by the Linwood Line team, its in pdf format download it by clicking here. linwood line

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A 119 year-old Victorian Steam Engine is heading to Paisley this Saturday (18th July 2009) as the town centre hosts its first Fire Engine Rally, as part of the Festival of Fire.

Organised by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Preservation Society and also Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, a fleet of engines dating from the 19th century to present day will proceed from the Fire Station in Canal Street, ending at County Square.

The fun and educational family day out will have a mixture of activities ranging from fire and chip pan safety demonstrations, giveaways and more. Youngsters and adults will be given the opportunity to sit in one of the engines and learn about the history of the fire service.

Amanda Moulson, Town Centre Manager and member of the Paisley Vision Board, said:

“This is the first time the town centre has hosted a fire engine rally and we’re looking forward to seeing as many families as possible join us to celebrate the past and present work of the fire service.

“There will be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children to enjoy throughout the day, as well as demonstrations on fire safety.”

Area Commander Simon Hunt, of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said:

“Protecting the life and property of our community is of great importance to the fire service. This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to see what changes the fire service have made over the years to make sure they are safe in their own homes and on the road.

“I am absolutely delighted that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society have this opportunity to showcase their vintage fire engines, and also to allow us to engage with the communities which we serve, in order to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

The Fire Engine Rally, which is a free event, will kick off at 11am from the Fire Station in Canal Street, leading through Causeyside Street, St Mirren Brae and ending on County Square.

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Paisley is preparing for one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world. Sma’ (Small) Shot Day celebrates the historic victory of the weavers over their employers in 19th century Paisley and has developed into an annual celebration of arts and culture.

This Saturday 4th July 2009 is Sma ‘ shot day in Paisley, the day traditionally begins with a parade from Brodie Park this year leaving at 12 noon, weaving its way to Abbey Close, led by a replica of the Charleston Drum with Tony Lawther at the realm of the drum, The parade shall feature banners representing Ferguslie, Toonheid, Sandholes, Sneddon, Causeyside, Newtoun and Charleston.

A wealth of stalls, funfairs, street theatre and onstage entertainment – including a re-enactment of the Sma’ Shot Story by local youth theatre PACE, and the ‘Burning of the Cork’ – will ensure that Saturday night will be a memorable one.

This year there is a later start to the parade as it weaves out of Brodie park at 12 noon, and with the whole day overhauled this year to include sections designed to meet age groups there is something for everyone, Clyde 1 , street entertainers and the highlight of the night starting at 8pm for the festival of fire and burning of the cork and music this is the ideal time to spend your day in Paisley.

What is Sma’ Shot Day?

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.