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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Paisley fireworks display due to take place on Saturday has been called off due to safety risks posed by the expected wind direction.

The Paisley fireworks display due to take place on Saturday has been called off due to safety risks posed by the expected wind direction.

But the full afternoon of free entertainment planned for the main stage in Gauze Street between noon and 6pm WILL still go ahead as planned.

Council bosses have been advised the forecast wind direction and likely strong gusts on Saturday evening would make the fireworks display a risk to people and buildings.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan explained: “It is unfortunate that a key part of such a popular and well-attended event has had to be cancelled.

“But we are confident the decision is the right one and are sure that the planned live entertainment will still be a great day of free family fun.

“We have been studying the weather forecasts all week hoping the event could go ahead as planned, but we are not willing to take any risks with public safety.

“It was felt the day before was the best time to announce a postponement, as we didn’t want to call it off at the last minute.

“The issue isn’t with the possible rain – more that the wind direction and gusts on Saturday evening mean that we cannot guarantee nearby buildings might not be damaged.”

Emily X factor

The entertainment will start at noon with Clyde 1 DJs live on stage. Over the afternoon, acts set to appear include Scotland’s X Factor star Emily Middlemas and the spectacular LED drummer of Spark! among others.

Other attractions on offer will include a funfair, while we will have face painters and street entertainers out in the town centre during the day.

Please note that the Paisley Halloween Festival – due to take place tonight (Friday) is not affected by the weather and will go ahead as planned.

And fans of big town centre events can still look forward to the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on on Saturday 15 November, featuring chart-topping boyband Union J.

You can keep up to date at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or by following the council on social media at @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or /renfrewshirecouncil on Facebook.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]