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Paisley Pirates finish off their season this weekend when they stage their end of season Presentation Night, which will be held in the 5 on 5 Club in Paisley on Saturday night at 7.00pm.


“Yes, the season has had its ups and downs, like any other,” said coach Ian Turley as he looked back on a campaign which saw the Paisley club finish joint second in the Scottish National League, level on points with Edinburgh Capitals and just behind winners Kirkcaldy Kestrels, and go out of the Scottish Cup in controversial circumstances. They also made the semifinals of the Autumn Cup, and qualified for the end of season playoffs.


“We would, of course, liked to have won some silverware, given that we made the latter stages of two cup competitions and finished joint second in the league”, he commented, but it wasn’t to be for a number of reasons. I can’t recall a season where we lost so many players to injury and personal circumstances, I think at one stage we were missing FIVE defenders out of seven who were out injured, so it says so much about those left that we still finished the season in more than respectable fashion, and that we went four and a half months unbeaten.”


“This weekend’s Presentation Night gives us the chance to recognise all of the hard work that goes on over the course of a season and beyond, as not only do we announce the winners of the various awards, we also pay tribute to an army of volunteers without whom we simply couldn’t function. We always present each helper with a memento as a thank you for their help, and there’s also a special Volunteer Award. It’s something we’ve been doing for a number of years now, and it seems to be catching on at other clubs since we started doing it. In addition, There’s the various players’ awards, these being for Most Improved Player, the award for Effort and Attitude, the Difference Maker, the Players’ Player of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player, so it will be a busy night. This year too, we also get the chance to bid farewell to skipper John Churchill who has retired after over 25 years of playing in the sport as a senior.”


“We know the event will be well attended, as it always is, and it gets under way at 7.00pm, going on till late, and for only £7, which will include a buffet and a Disco once we’ve got all the presentations done, it’s going to be another good night. Anyone wishing more information can contact the Pirates’ website at, but hurry, because you don’t have much time left!”

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Paisley & District Celebrate Scouting

Youth members, volunteers, family members and civic leaders came together to celebrate Scouting at the Paisley Abbey today.

The annual District Scout Service was attending by members from across Neilston, Barrhead and Paisley.

During the Service, District Commissioner, Rob Murray said: “I want to start by thanking Rev Alan Birss and Father John for leading the District in Celebrating all that’s great about Scouting.

“Scouting is a big part of our communities across Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead. I am pleased that Depute Provost Cllr John Caldwell and local MSP Annabel Goldie joined us for the event.

“Scouting provides fun, friendship and adventure to girls and boys across Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead. Young people are joining on mass as they are seeking something different and something challenging.

“Scouting wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers and I thank them for providing adventurous activities week in week out.”

Scouting is open to all Girls and Boys aged 6-25years. We have groups in all parts of Paisley, Barrhead and Neilston. To join the movement please email or call 07703732233.

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The first-ever Paisley Food Festival saw a crowd of thousands serve up a sun-soaked feast of music, markets and munchies on Saturday.

Abbey Close was packed with food-flavoured entertainment and activity as families queued to sample quality Scottish produce from a wide range of vendors.

The Renfrewshire-Council-run event was taking place alongside the final day of the ever-popular Paisley Beer Festival, run by Renfrewshire CAMRA.

Now in its 28th year, the largest real-ale festival in Scotland attracted drinkers from across the country for another well-attended four-day run in Paisley Town Hall.

Both events were taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, supported by EventScotland and VisitScotland, which aims to showcase the abundance of local produce and artisan food and drink available across the country.

The star attraction at the family-friendly food festival was childrens’ TV favourite Mr Bloom, who delighted his young audience with two well-attended live performances.

The main-stage entertainment was hosted by Pulse FM DJs and also featured bands from local music charity Loud ‘N’ Proud.

Other attractions included food stalls from around twenty different vendors from across Scotland, as well as packed-out food-making workshops for youngsters.

There was also a chance to browse crafts and designs at the Slug in a Bottle Market while Paisley Farmers’ Market hosted fresh produce and cookery demonstrations in its usual home at Paisley Cross.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This was the first time the council has hosted the Paisley Food Festival but the event was such a success we will consider doing it again at some point in the future.

“Outdoor events are always better when you get good weather and we were certainly helped by the glorious sunshine on the day.
“Paisley Abbey and Town Hall once again provided a striking backdrop as a crowd of thousands packed the area to enjoy the food and entertainment.

“With the hard-working volunteers from Renfrewshire CAMRA having organised another successful beer festival in the town hall at the same time, it was great to see the town centre so busy.

“Events like this are going to be a key part of the wider push towards the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

“I would like to thank everybody who came out and made it a really memorable day, and thank all the stallholders who added such a flavor to the occasion.”

For more info on Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, visit


Five additional flights added to Glasgow Dublin route to meet demand

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has announced it has added extra capacity on its Glasgow to Dublin route to cater for Scottish supporters travelling to Dublin for the European Championship qualifier game on the 13th June.

The airline will now operate seven outbound flights to Dublin alone for the weekend of the game, and expects to fly up to 1,000 passengers in the three days across its four Scottish routes to Ireland.

The airline has added 700 extra seats to its Glasgow Dublin route which operates up to five daily return flights from Glasgow to Dublin, in addition to two extra return flights from Aberdeen to Dublin to meet demand for the game.

According to Ronan Whitty, Head of Revenue Management at Stobart Air: “We are all extremely excited for the return leg of the Ireland versus Scotland European Championship Qualifier this June.  Last November’s Glasgow fixture proved to be an incredible sporting occasion, thanks to the unique atmosphere created by the two sets of supporters.

“The additional capacity on the route is a direct response to the increased passenger demand for seating in advance of the Dublin fixture.  This move will ensure additional choice and flexibility for our passengers flying to Dublin for this crucial fixture, and will allow many more football supporters the opportunity to visit Dublin and to sample its world famous hospitality.”

Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “Dublin is an incredibly popular destination for both our business and leisure customers and the European Championship qualifier will no doubt be a huge pull for sporting fans.

“It’s great news that Aer Lingus is putting on additional capacity to transport Glaswegians to this important sporting event and we look forward to working closely with the airline to ensure its continued success at Glasgow Airport.”

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With the Scottish weather being balmy of recent days a lot of people will still be driving about in Winter Tyres, this is not only bad for your car and the road conditions you will also find its not fuel efficient for your vehicle and money can be saved by switching to Summer Tyres as soon as possible.

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The tread patterns of summer tires have less grooving and put more rubber in contact with the road. They are design­ed to provide maximum road-holding grip. The tread compounds of summer tyres are designed to remain more flexible, allowing for better traction and grip. Summer tyres may have shallower tread depths that allow for more stability when pushed closer to their limits.


WhiteOut: Barrowland Ballet. November 2014

A new production from Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballet dance company (Pine Tree Poggle and Me, Tiger Tale), will be performed at Paisley Arts Centre next month.

In Whiteout, acclaimed choreographer Natasha Gilmore explores bi-racial relationships with honesty and humour. The show is based on personal experience, drawing on stories from across Scotland, and features 6 dancers moving between digital projection and live performance to create a visually rich and dynamic dance piece. In addition, Whiteout features an original music score from celebrated Scottish novelist and musician Luke Sutherland (Mogwai).

A spokesperson for Barrowland Ballet states ‘We are delighted to be coming back to Paisley again, after our last performance in February of the children’s dance piece Pine Tree, Poggle and Mewhich was hugely successful. We are looking forward to bringing another fantastic piece of dance theatre to Paisley Arts Centre.’

Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies and is based in the East End of Glasgow. The company name reflects its unique mix of popular culture and high art. The most recent work was The River, a Festival 2014 event which took place along the banks of the Clyde with a 150 strong cast of dancers, singers and musicians.

Whiteout will be performed at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 7 May at 7.30pm. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets are £10 (£6 conc) + booking fee* and are available via the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or online at


SOME of the world’s top darts players are coming to Renfrewshire on Sunday. (April 26)
They’ll be competing in the 2015 Glasgow Masters Tournament being held at The ON -X Sports and Leisure centre, in Linwood.

It’s the first time the event has been held at The ON-X and a full house is expected to watch former world champions – Holland’s Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld step on to the oche.

The tournament also gives Scots darts star Robert Thornton the chance to show why he should have been selected to compete in this year’s televised Premier League series of darts matches.

The Ayrshire arrows ace narrowly missed out on being picked to play in the showpiece tournament.
Yesterday, Robert told how he plans to get one over two of the international darts champs who were selected for the Premier League, by beating them in the Glasgow Masters Tournament.

Robert will need to beat former world champions, van Gerwen and van Barneveld, plus Vincent van der Voort, if he’s to lift the Glasgow Masters title, being staged by Wulbur Darts Promotions.

He says: “I was disappointed not to be chosen to play in the Premier League and if you don’t get picked, you just want to keep on winning and prove them wrong.

“I’ll be up against guys like van Gerwen and van Barneveld, who are playing in this year’s Premier League, but that will give me an extra edge. You always want to beat the players in the Premier League.”

The top four players in the world are guaranteed a place in the Premier League with PDC chiefs and Sky TV choosing another six wildcard entries to compete in the 16-week series of matches.

At the time, Robert, from Saltcoats, Ayrshire, was ranked eighth and wasn’t picked to play.
But the 47-year-old, who is still number eight in the world, added: “My form is coming back at the right time.

“My finishing is spot on and I just need to brush up on my loose darts. I’ve been putting in plenty of extra practice, so I’m going out to win this tournament.

“There are some real top darts players competing at the ON-X on Sunday and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The crowd will see some cracking games of darts and a bit of banter between the players.”

Although not playing in the Glasgow Masters, current world champion, Scotsman, Gary Anderson will make an appearance at the tournament to meet fans, sign autographs and show them his world championship trophy.

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at The On-X said: “This is a fantastic line-up of darts players with former world champions taking part.

“It’s the first time we’ve hosted the Glasgow Masters Tournament and we’re delighted to welcome the players and fans. It should be a great afternoon of darts.”

Promoter Wullie (correct) Burns added: “It’s going to be a fabulous day of darts and we’re all rooting for Robert to take the title.”

For tickets to see The 2015 Glasgow Masters, contact promoter Wullie Burns by email on or call 07772 615652.


LAUNCHING her debut album yesterday (Monday) was a piece of cake for singer and TV star, Stacey Solomon. The X-Factor finalist and I’m A Celebrity…

Get Me Out Of Here winner was at intu Braehead signing copies of her album, Shy, in the shopping centre’s HMV store. And bosses at the mall presented Stacey with a special cake, with a picture of the album cover and a good luck message printed on the icing on top.

The album, which features collaborations between Stacey and Lily Allen and Rita Ora, was released in the shops yesterday.

Fans turned out in big numbers yesterday to meet Stacey, 25 and get her to sign copies of her album at the intu Braehead HMV store.

Stacey said: “I picked Scotland to launch the album because I love the vibe up here and everyone is so friendly and kind.

“Getting the cake is fab and it looks brilliant. I’ll share it with my team who have been working so hard promoting the album.

“I’ve also got relatives who live in Scotland and I’ll see some of them while I’m here.”

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “Stacey has had a fantastic career since we first saw her on X-Factor and it’s brilliant that she choose to do her first signing session for the new album at intu Braehead.

“We’ve had a listen to the album in the office and we all think it’s great.

“We decided to present Stacey with a special cake featuring her debut album cover printed on the icing to wish her the best of luck with the new release. I’m sure she’ll top the charts with it.’

Photograph: pic of Stacey Solomon being presented with a special cake by intu Braehead’s marketing and communications manager, Christine Macdonald.

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Paisley is gearing up for a taste sensation when the town’s first-ever food festival is served up alongside the ever-popular Paisley Beer Festival next weekend.

The day-long food event is being dished out as a side order to the 28th edition of Renfrewshire CAMRA’s real-ale extravaganza in Paisley Town Hall.

The beer festival – from Wednesday 22nd until Saturday 25th April – is the biggest of its kind in Scotland and thousands of visitors are expected to turn out to sample hundreds of ales, beers, ciders and more.

The family-friendly food festival – run by Renfrewshire Council – will take place on the Saturday only from noon to 6pm in Abbey Close and highlights include outdoor markets and an appearance from kids’ TV favourite Mr Bloom.

Both events are taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, supported by EventScotland and VisitScotland, which aims to showcase the abundance of local produce and artisan food and drink available across the country.

This year’s beer festival will see the addition of an all-new Scottish wine bar from Perthshire, as well as extra seating and catering within Paisley Town Hall.

Attractions at the food festival include the following:
– live shows on the main stage from Mr Bloom at 2 and 4pm;
– an outdoor food market boasting a hearty mix of the finest Scottish food and global cuisine with stallholders from across the country;
– workshops showing kids how to make their own pizza and chocolate. Advance booking is needed, details at
– the chance to browse the work of talented crafters from Renfrewshire and beyond at the Slug in a Bottle market;
– Paisley Farmers’ Market in its usual place at Paisley Cross from 10am to 2pm

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Renfrewshire CAMRA’s Paisley Beer Festival is a long-running success story and is always a popular event.

“We are adding to the mix this year by staging the food festival for the first time and are expecting the town to come alive with activity over the weekend.

“Hosting days out like this will be an important part of the town’s push for UK City of Culture status in 2021, so I would encourage people to come down and help support this new event.”

Bob McWilliam from Renfrewshire Branch CAMRA said: “This 28th Paisley Beer Festival will certainly be the biggest yet with the support from Renfrewshire Council.

“The festival will have the biggest selection of beers from Scotland and so much more plus using the full facilities of Paisley Town Hall.

“That means more comfort for people to include seating, cloakrooms and generally a great atmosphere with the Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band on Saturday afternoon. This is great for Paisley and great for real beer.”

Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “It’s fantastic news that visitors to this year’s Paisley Beer Festival will also get to sample some fine Scottish culinary fare.

“From an outdoor food market to chocolate-making workshops, there is plenty to whet the appetite of visitors to this year’s festival.

“The Year of Food and Drink is all about celebrating our natural larder and mouth-watering dining experiences, so I would urge people all across the country to come along and enjoy what promises to be a delicious year for the Paisley Beer Festival.”

For more info, visit or, and for more on Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, visit


Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced it is to introduce direct flights between Glasgow and the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

It will be the first time Vilnius has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport and Wizz Air will operate a year round, twice weekly service starting on 16th September 2015.


Vilnius is the second biggest city of the Baltic states and is renowned for being home to one of the largest surviving medieval quarters in Europe. Its Old Town contains almost two thousand medieval, gothic, renaissance, and baroque buildings, and it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994.

Wizz Air first moved to Glasgow Airport in March 2013 and the addition of Vilnius brings the total number of destinations it serves from Glasgow to seven. It currently operates services to the Polish cities of Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice and Gdansk. On 1st April 2015, Wizz Air announced it will add direct flights to the Hungarian capital of Budapest and the Polish city of Lublin.

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