Date: Saturday 2 July
Time/ Venue:
12pm – parade sets of from Brodie Park, Paisley, finishing at Abbey Close.
12.30pm onwards – youth gym bus at Paisley Cross.
BBC Radio DJ Ally McCrae and a variety of local bands and performers at County Square, Paisley.
Stalls, dancers, singers, mini-farm and tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close.
1.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm – Clan Scotland Cycle Stunt Team shows at Paisley Cross.
5pm – ‘Burning of the Cork’ fire display, Abbey Close.

Paisley is set to celebrate the historic victory of the town’s weavers over the mill owners with a packed day of fun and entertainment this weekend.

Sma Shot Day, which is one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the country, starts at 12noon with the traditional parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, lead by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and culminates in the spectacular burning of the cork at Abbey Close at 5pm.

In between there will be lots going on including the Clan Scotland Cycle Stunt Team showing off their skills at Paisley Cross, alongside the youth gym bus.

At County Square there will be entertainment provided by BBC Radio DJ Ally McCrae and a variety of local bands and performers as well as a range of arts and crafts on offer.

If that’s not enough, at Paisley Town Hall and Abbey Close there will be a tea dance from 1pm, a mini farm, a selection of variety acts, dancers and singers, a community planning partnership marquee and PACE Theatre Group’s performance of the Sma Shot story.

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’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Sma’ Shot Day is a unique festival that celebrates an important episode in Paisley’s history. It has been celebrated with a parade and family day for over 150 years and this year’s programme looks like our best yet.

“The parade is always great fun with lots of music and people in fancy dress and as ever I hope the people of Renfrewshire will come out and join in the festivities.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

I have been sent an amazing letter filled with notes facts about Brediland House from Denis Hoare of which I will add to a dedicated page within the history section here is the Notes of the History of the House and its owners, the history section has all the information and also the Submission to The Dean of Guild Court for its construction. http://www.paisley.org.uk/history/brediland-house.php

(Image from Ken Inspire from previous blog post here http://www.paisley.org.uk/blog/2010/02/residents-of-brediland-house-paisley-1949-1952/ )

Notes on the History of Brediland House and its owners, Lounsdale, Paisley

• The land was in the hands of the Maxwells of Brediland for many centuries. They were a branch of the Pollock Maxwells.

• Brediland was the name of a fairly large estate in what is now the Foxbar District in Paisley

• Brediland House, better described as a mansion, was constructed of red sandstone and the architecture appears to be late Victorian

• In 1853 the Estate of Archibald Leckie Esq sold Lonend Dyeworks by Roup in the Saracens Head Hotel, Paisley. Unable to determine to date, if the McGregor’s were the new owners of the Works
The Saracens Head was a Hotel which stood at the Paisley Cross on the site where the War Memorial now stands.

• In 1866 or 1876?, the Brediland Estate was sold, according to the Sasine Records, to Mr. Patrick Comyn Mcgregor (36), Chief of the Paisley Highlanders Association.
Note the Estate included a house which was probably the six hundred year old farmhouse just below the Candren Burn, existing on the site and not Brediland House, which was yet to be built.

• Patrick and his brother Mr.John Ross McGregor lived at Lonend Cottage at Blackhall and were connected with the firm of Leckie, Dyers in Paisley, Leckie’s works were also located in Blackhall.
John Ross was married to Maria Julia Marshall.
Patrick Comyn and his brother were partners in the Leckie Dyeworks

• In 1869/70 P. Comyn McGregor (39/40) Paisley Trades Directory is listed as, of Brediland, (that is the Estate) and living at Lonend House, Blackhall, Paisley which was also the location of the Dyeworks,
which was his business.
He owned the Brediland Estate, Brediland House had not been built at that time.

• In 1881 Census
Patrick Comyn Mcgregor (51) he was unmarried living with his sisters Mary (48), Christina (45), Jessie (41), they were all spinsters, living at No.2, Lonend Road, Blackhall, Paisley.
John Ross McGregor (41) with his wife Maria Julie (36), Eliza (12), Margaret (9), Eva Mary (7), Gregor (5), Agnes (3), John (1) were living at, No.1, Lonend Road, Blackhall, Paisley

• In 1885 Patrick Comyn McGregor (61) died on 29th July at Lonend House, Blackhall. The death certificate stated he was single.

• In 1891 Census
Christina McGregor (57) was living in Lonend House, Blackhall with her sister Jessie (53) and neice Elisa (17), Christina was unmarried and was the sister of Patrick and John McGregor
John Ross McGregor (61) was living in Lonend Cottage, Blackhall with his wife Maria (49) and six children, Katherine (25), Margaret (19), Gregor (5), Agnes (13), Patrick (9), Jane (6).

• In 1899 John Ross retired from at the Leckie Dyeing works business of Lechie & Mcgregor
After the death of his brother he was the sole partner in the firm.

• In 1901 John Ross McGregor (61) was living at No.1, Lonend Cottage, Blackhall, with his wife Maria (59), and five children Katherine (35), Agnes (23), John (21), Patrick (19), Jane (16)

• In 1902 on the 16th May John Ross Mcgregor made a submission to the Dean of Guild Court for the construction of a Villa on the Lounsdale Road, Brediland Estate. See attached extract of the record.
From Sasines records No.12448 for Renfrewshire, he and his family were residing in Lonend Cottage, Blackhall.

• In 1903/4 John Ross McGregor and family were residing in Lonend Cottage, Blackhall, from the Post Office Directory

• In 1904 on 20th February the final inspection was made on the construction of Brediland House and approved

• In 1904/5 John Ross McGregor is metioned in the Paisley Trades Directory, as of Brediland House.
This was also listed as his address in the Paisley Post Office Directory

• In 1905 on 2nd June, John Ross McGregor gives his address as Brediland in the Sasines No. 3320 & 18459 for Renfrewshire

• In 1907 on 17th December,John Ross McGregor gives his address as Brediland in Sasine No.1230 for Renfrewshire In 1907 on 18th November, John Ross McGregor gives his address as Brediland in Sasine No.1230 for Renfrewshire

• In 1911/12 John Ross McGregor and family gives his address as Brediland House, Lounsdale in the Paisley Directory and General Advertiser

• In 1913 John Ross McGregor (75) died on the 8th August. From the death certificate he died in Brediland House, ,
In 1913 the Paisley Post Office Directory his address is listed as Brediland House.

• In 1914-1916 Paisley Trades Directory there is a mention of Maria Julie Mcgregor of Brediland she was the widow of John Ross McGregor.
In 1915 Paisley Post Office Directory her address is listed as Brediland House.
In 1916 Paisley Post Office Directory her address is listed as Brediland House.

• In 1918 Maria Julie McGregor (76) died on the 18th May in Brediland near Paisley, it is not clear if she died in Brediland House or nearby in Meikleriggs, she was the widow of John Ross McGregor

• In 1920 on the 3rd June, Brediland House passed to a Mr. William Young Fleming an engineer for £4,600.
He was a partner in Fleming & Ferguson Ltd, ship builders on the River White Cart Water, the Yard called the Phoenix was off the Inchinnan Road, on the right hand side going towards Renfrew

• In 1921 on January 18th Mr. William Young Fleming sold Brediland House for £6,300 to Mr Thomas Noble, butter, egg and provision merchant.
At the same time Mr. Noble bought part of the Brediland Estate from the Estate of P.C. McGregor of Brighton who was deceased. This is confirmed by the Sasine Records.
It appears the family emigrated Brighton.
Extract from Sasine No.1230 for Renfrewshire: –
To Thomas Noble, Egg Importer
25 Poles,18.5 sq.yds, bounded on the North West by the Public Road from Paisley to Lounsdale on the North East other objects belonging to said Grantee and on the South East by the Candred Burn

• In 1924 Paisley Trades Directory a Miss. McGregor is residing at Meikleriggs which is near Brediland House; she is possibly the sister of Patrick and John McGregor.

• In 1924 Paisley Trades Directory is the first listing which specifically mentions Brediland House, when referring to Thomas Noble of H. Noble & Son at Brediland House.

• In 1926 Brediland House and land was transferred to the Noble Family Trustees

• In March 1948 Mr. Noble died at Brediland.

• At the end of 1948 Babcock & Wilcox of Renfrew was using the Brediland House as a hostel for their overseas and non local students and apprentices. Babcocks subcontracted the running and management of the House to the YMCA who in turn appointed their employees Mr and Mrs Goudie to the managing post.

• In 1983
Brediland House was no longer in use and standing empty.
In July there was a local campaign against demolition of the House. The campaign failed and it was finally demolished by Leech Homes in July of that year and fifty plus houses built on the site.
It was not listed, or part of a conservation area and therefore did not have the protection that either status would have given it.
The demolition of the House was an act of vandalism

Denis Hoare.
Banchory, June 2011.

The school holidays are almost upon us and we all know what that means for the kids….boredom! But hopefully the Academy’s 5 day summer camp will help burn up some of their energy.

The camp will run Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups. I will run a morning session for the younger keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. Last year’s camp was made that little bit special when St Mirren Goalie Paul Gallacher, Killie keeper Alan Combe, Buddies legend Campbell Money and St Johnstone hit men Jody Morris and Chris Miller popped in and spent the afternoon signing autographs and answering questions from the participants.

Hopefully I can persuade other S.P.L stars to pop in this year for a wee game of beat the goalie with the boys! Drinks will be provided for all participants. Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Please note that discounts apply for group bookings i.e, siblings/boys clubs etc. Details as follows:
Dates: Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
Session times: 10am—1pm
(age group 8-12),
1.30pm—4.30pm
(age group 13-16)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches,
Braehead

http://www.hillcoatgoalkeeping.co.uk/

We must say a huge thanks to Whites Academy of Music in pledging support to www.paisley.org.uk “Paisley on the web”.

White’s Academy is proud to be home to the first, and best Glee choirs Paisley has to offer. Their Glee clubs are open to everyone and they operate a full inclusion policy, no auditions are held for entry.

They have teaching studios in Paisley located in Abercorn Street, parking is never a problem. If you are unable to go into the studio then they can arrange for home visits.

Whites Academy can be contacted on the following information:

Website: http://www.whitesacademy.co.uk

Music school – 0141 887 7388
Email us : admin@whitesacademy.co.uk


Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders awarded Freedom of Renfrewshire

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Paisley to watch the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders receive the Freedom of Renfrewshire.

400 members of the Fifth Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland marched through the town centre before being presented with the honour by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson in front of the historic Paisley Abbey.

The soldiers were met with cheers and applause throughout the parade and presentation.

Colonel Bruce Russell MBE, Representative Colonel of Five Scots, accepted a framed scroll from Provost Lawson and in return presented her with the regiment’s official plaque and a painting called “The Thin Red Line”.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “I was extremely proud to see them all march through the town and to see the wonderful turn out from the people of Renfrewshire. They do an incredible job and the people living at home are very, very grateful. The award of the Freedom of Renfrewshire isn’t given often but the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are an inspirational to us all and very deserving of this title.”

The Freedom is the highest honour a local authority can give an individual or group. Historically the title would have provided rights such as to trade and to graze cattle, however, it is now purely a civic honour.
Following the ceremony the soldiers and their families were invited to a civic reception in Paisley Town Hall. The event was sponsored by local firms Chivas Bros Ltd and Goudie’s Ltd.

The event formed part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in Renfrewshire following a flagraising ceremony on Friday 17 June and a joint service in Paisley Abbey lead by the Provosts of both Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

paisley from drone

I confirm that carriageway resurfacing works in Ferguslie Park Avenue,
Paisley ( see attached layout) are programmed to start on Thursday 23 June
2011 and will last for approximately 1 week.

(See attached file: Ferguslie Park Av_surfacing extents.pdf)

The works involve the replacement of the existing carriageway surface,
along with deep patching where required. A full road closure will be in
place for the duration of the works, with access being maintained to
premises on and off Ferguslie Park Avenue. Access will be maintained for
emergency vehicles on either side of the works, but owing to areas of deep
patching, it will not be possible for such vehicles to drive through the
works.

Alternative routes will be signed and are as follows:

Through traffic, including service buses, should proceed via McKenzie
Street and Blackstoun Road and vice versa.

Community Councils have been advised via e-mail.

Adjacent landowners will be advised via a letter which will be delivered
next week .

Ferguslie Park Av_surfacing extents

Hundreds of school pupils in Renfrewshire have taken part in a project to raise their awareness of the dangers of alcohol misuse.

The Young Persons Alcohol Project is an annual event aimed at second year pupils from all Renfrewshire’s secondary schools.

The project aims to engage with young people to promote and protect their mential, social, emotional and physical well-being.

All the pupils taking part are involved in a series of workshops including PACE Theatre Group’s production ‘Take a Drink’ highlighting the consequences of alcohol misuse among young people.

The project is run by Renfrewshire Council’s ASIST team in partnership with Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Renfrewshire Council for Alcohol, and Pace Theatre Company.

Trinity High School in Renfrew hosted a VIP session of the project which invited senior council officials and elected members, representatives from Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to join pupils in order to see how the project works.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “The Young Persons Alcohol Project gets young people thinking about the consequences of drinking by presenting them with real-life scenarios which they can really relate to. As well as information and advice, the different workshops and presentations give the pupils practical experience to help them make safer choices when it comes to alcohol.”

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, are to be awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire.

At a meeting of Renfrewshire Council, Provost of Renfrewshire Celia Lawson backed by Leader of the opposition Labour Group, Councillor Iain McMillan, moved that the battalion’s name be added to the roll of names of those who have been admitted as Freemen and Freewomen of the area.

The move, which received unanimous support from all parties on the council, honours the contribution made by the regiment to the nation not only in times of conflict but also in times of peace.

To celebrate the honour, the battalion will march through Paisley on Monday 20th June, to coincide with a weekend of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Provost Lawson said: “The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are the official battalion of Renfrewshire and many serving men and women are from our community. The battalion has a long and proud history. In recent years they have fought in the conflict in Afghanistan where more than 250 British service personnel have lost their lives. I am very proud to be able to bestow the Freedom of Renfrewshire on the battalion.”

The Freedom is the highest honour a local authority can give an individual or group. Historically the title would have provided rights such as to trade and to graze cattle, however, it is now purely a civic honour.

Councillor Iain McMillan said: “Renfrewshire has a strong military history with a tradition of honouring our military heroes so it is very fitting that we should award the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders the Freedom of Renfrewshire. I am delighted to support this decision and I’m sure many people across Renfrewshire will do the same.”

In 2009 internationally-renowned sculptor Sandy Stoddart became the first Freeman of Renfrewshire since 1961.

The first citizen of Renfrewshire to receive the honour was Mr Stewart Clark in 1902.

Renfrewshire will celebrate Armed Forces Day with a weekend of celebrations starting with a flag-raising ceremony on Friday 17th June.

On Saturday 18th June a joint Armed Forces Day service will be held in Paisley Abbey to honour servicemen and women from Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, followed by stalls and activities at Abbey Close and a family fun day at the British Legion at Renfrew Road, Paisley.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders will be officially awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire on Monday 20th June.

This years Sma Shot Day Festivities will take place on July the 2nd 2011.

The event will start from Brodie Park and take its traditional approach to Paisley Town Centre and Paisley Abbey where the burning of the cork will take place “see image”

The traditional event, which is one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the country, is one which is continuing to get larger each year and is certainly one a Paisley family event not to be missed.

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.

You can find out more about Sma Shot day by visiting the Paisley History section and also we have lots more photographs on our Flickr Gallery..

Look out on www.paisley.org.uk Paisley on the Web for an exclusive competition… Information will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and The website.

From Russia with love the world’s most famous circus
brings it’s best kept ‘SEKRET’ to you as Moscow State Circus visits SCOTLAND!

The Moscow State Circus brings its latest and most spectacular show to date to the UK with this sensational extravaganza BABUSHKIN SEKRET.

BABUSHKIN SEKRET.
Inspired by the legend of ‘THE 12 CHAIRS’, the new show takes us on an incredible journey in the company of – without a doubt – the greatest circus performers on earth.

A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of which have never performed in Britain, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary and classical circus in way never before witnessed.

The newly devised show includes the beautiful queen of Russian circus, Yana Alievia on a revolving aerial chandelier; the breathtaking Stalkions (three men and two girls walk, back flip and perform unbelievable pyramids 30 feet in the air on the legendary high wire); the Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves across and high into the big top at breakneck speed; the juggling Sherbakovs on the reverse pyramid of St Petersburg; the Doktrovs, flying and spiraling in the apex of the auditorium with grace, beauty and elegance; the unbelievable vertical pole balancing of The Alikanov and the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins.

If all this isn’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, then the hilarious clowns, Valik & Valerik will have you falling off them with laughter.

Add to this the sensational production that is housed in a specially designed chapiteau big top and is uniquely domed to accommodate the complex rigging for the aerial acts, it is supported by only four ‘king’ poles so as not to obscure the audience’s view.

BABUSHKIN SEKRET
The story behind the spectacle.

Inspired by the legend of the ‘12 Chairs’.
In Soviet Russia in 1927, a former member of nobility works as a desk clerk until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewelry had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the 12 chairs from the family’s dining room set.

Those chairs, along with all other personal property, had been expropriated by the government after the Russian Revolution.

The desk clerk, played by Valerik and his sidekick Valik, become a treasure hunter and the Bolsheviks try to track down the chairs.

The two ‘comrades’ find the chair set which is put out to the auction, but fail to buy it and afterwards find out that the set has been split up and sold individually.

They are not alone in their quest to find the jewels, but through a process of elimination, the two finally discover the location of the twelfth and final chair – but will this chair contain the treasure?

Follow our buffoons in their quest for fame and fortune as they discover if their fate lies in the stars or in a fools paradise.

THE TWELVE CHAIRS
Other productions inspired by the story.

The book has not only inspired The Moscow State Circus in its latest production, but also a series of films and live comedy shows.

In ‘Keep Your Seats Please’ (Ealing Studios, 1936) starring George Formby, the action takes place in England. Another difference between the book and the film was that this story revolved around seven chairs, not twelve.

The comedy ‘It’s in the Bag!’ (1945) starring Fred Allen and Jack Benny was very loosely based on the novel, using just five chairs.

In 1962 Tomas Gutierrez Alea made a Cuban version titled ‘Las Doce Sillas’ in a tropical context starkly similar to the Soviet one of the novel.

Mel Brooks later made a film more closely based on the novel titled ‘The Twelve Chairs’ (1970), but with a sanitized ‘happier’ ending.

The story also served as the basis for the film ‘The Thirteen Chairs ‘(1969) starring Sharon Tate. Shortly after that, two adaptations were made in the USSR: a film in 1971 by Leonid Gaidai and a miniseries in 1976 by Mark Zakharov, featuring Andrei Mironov as Bender.

In total, the novel inspired as many as about twenty adaptations in Russia and abroad.

“I’m privileged to have seen these fabulous entertainers, the country should be privileged to have them here.” – Coventry Evening Telegraph

“Genuinely eye-popping” – The Evening Standard.

“Thrilling” – The Times.

“Manages to marry the traditional with the contemporary yet still retain everything you would expect and more” – Liverpool Echo.

PAISLEY
St. James Park
Greenock Road
PA3 2LQ

Friday 24 – Tuesday 28 June

Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 2pm, 5pm and 8pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm
Monday 5pm and 7.45pm
Tuesday 5pm only

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 0844856 555

WIGAN
DW Stadium
Car Park 1
Robin Park
WN5 0UH

Ticketmaster 0844 856 5555
Information line 07721 565558

Wed 01 – Sun 05 June
Wednesday 7.45pm
Thursday to Saturday 3pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

LYTHAM ST ANNE’S
Fylde Rugby Football Club
Woodlands Memorial Ground
Blackpool Road
FY8 4EL

Wednesday 08 – Sunday 12 June 2011

Wednesday to Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 3pm and 7.45pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm

CHESTER
Roodee Racecourse
Watergate Square
CH1 2LY

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 June 2011

Wednesday to Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 2pm and 5pm

WORKINGTON
The Cloffocks Lorry Park
Griffin Road
CA14 3YH

Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 June

Monday to Tuesday 5pm and 7.45pm
Wednesday 5pm only

DUNFERMLINE
Pittencrieff Park
Milton Green
KY12 8QH

Thu 30 June to Sun 03 July

Thursday 7.30pm
Friday 5pm & 7.45pm
Saturday 3pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 3pm

INVERNESS
Canal Pitches
Bught Park
IV3 5SS

Wed 06 to Tue 12 July

Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturday & Monday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 3pm
Tuesday 2pm & 5pm

ELGIN
Lossie Green
Boroughbriggs Road
IV30 1AP

Thurs 14 to Tue 19 July

Thursday 7.30pm
Friday & Saturday & Monday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday & Tuesday 2pm & 5pm

ABERDEEN
Queen’s Links
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5EF

Thu 21 July to Mon 01 August

Thursday 21st July
Fri & Sat 3pm &7.30pm
Sun 2om & 5pm
Mon to Wed 3pm & 7.30 pm
Monday 1st August 2pm & 5pm

DUNDEE
Riverside Park
DD2 1AZ

Wenesday 3rd to Sunday 7th August

Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

EDINBURGH
Ocean Terminal
Leith, EH6 6JJ

Venue No: 105

Tuesday 09 – Sunday 21 August 2011

Tuesday 9th 7.30pm Only
Wednesday 10th 2pm and 5pm
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 14th 2pm and 5pm
Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th 3pm and 8pm
Wednesday 17th NO CIRCUS SHOWS
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th 5pm and 8pm
Saturday 20th 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 21st 2pm and 5pm

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 0844856 555

SUMMERFEST! 2011

PACE Theatre Company has announced that the UKs biggest summer performing arts festival for young people will be launched this Saturday 28th May @ 10am at their Spires Drama Studios in Schooly Wynd.

This year’s SummerFest! has something for everyone . As well as music, dance, comedy and dramas there are exciting adaptations of productions like, “Comedy of Errors” and “Charlotte’s Web”, musical events including “Evita” and “Matilda” and the sure to be popular hilarious comedyfest’s “Pirates and My Auntie Jean” and “Jeremy Kyle : The Opera”! There will be performances every week in The Wynd Centre Auditorium, and Paisley Arts Centre as well as in diverse venues such as the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Braehead Shopping Centre, Eastwood theatre, Kyle Theatre in Ayr and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

David Wallace, PACE’s Executive Director said, “This is by far the most exciting summer festival we have ever had. There are over 40 performances in just 6 weeks, which will be seen by over 5,000 people. What is unique about this Arts festival however is that every performance will be by young people and anyone can take part.”

Mhairi Gilbert, PACE’s Artistic Director who will be premiering her new work ‘Avalon’ said, “SummerFest gives thousands of young people the opportunity to take part in arts projects which will not only teach valuable skills like confidence and communication, and will also make sure that this summer is one they will never forget.”

All the events have been devised to guarantee an enjoyable, creative and memorable experience for those who take part. Events are open to PACE members and non-members. Performances are also open to everyone to enjoy whether you are participating or just want to see a great performance!

Further information about SummerFest! can be found online at www.youththeatre.com or by calling the PACE team on 0845 130 5218.

Download the Brochure here.

Another chance to comment on town centre plans

Renfrewshire residents and businesses are getting another opportunity to have their say on plans to improve the environment of Paisley town centre.

Following the successful exhibition held recently in the WRVS Cafe in Causeyside Street, plans will be displayed in the Piazza Shopping Centre for three days.

The exhibition will display proposals to improve parking, pavements, streetlighting and preserve the architectural heritage of the Causeyside area. The exhibition will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8-10 June and will show draft proposals prepared by consultants Ironside Farrar for Renfrewshire Council after the council successfully secured £1.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Representatives from Renfrewshire Council and Ironside Farrar will be available at the exhibition each day from 8am to 5pm to provide information and answer questions.

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board said “This exhibition is providing people with another opportunity to comment on the draft plans and will ensure that a full consultation process has been carried out prior to the designs being finalised. Staff will be on hand at the exhibition to answer questions and I would encourage people to go along and give us their views. This is a key project which will regenerate the historic core of Paisley Town Centre and we want to get it right – we need the input from the community and this exhibition gives people another chance to contribute.”

The detailed proposals include wider pavements, more crossing points, on street parking, and new lighting and street furniture.

It’s hoped that a planning application for the programme will be submitted later this year with work potentially starting in the Spring of 2012.

The Paisley Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Renfrewshire Council. Focused on the Causeyside area of the Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area, the THI project aims to support investment in the regeneration of Paisley town centre.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk