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Pirates duly qualified for the SNL Playoff Finals in Kirkcaldy following a goal fest at the Braehead Arena, which saw them despatch an Aberdeen side which, although never giving up, couldn’t quite match the firepower of the home side.


The Paisley side opened brightly and were ahead inside four minutes as Scott Cowan took a pass from Riddell to fire home in style and put his side in front, giving them a lead which they never looked like losing. With Malcolm sitting in the penalty box for Hooking, Pirates doubled their lead on the powerplay at the 12 minute mark, Cowan notching his second from assists by Orr and Campbell, and although chances came at both ends, the scoreboard remained unchanged at the first interval, with Pirates looking comfortable with a 3 goal aggregate lead, and having a “goal” washed out after 14 minutes for High Sticks..

Pirates were again first on the board in the middle session, as McCamley got on the act in the 25th minute, but the score was immediately nullified as Leyden raced to the other end to score the visitors’ opener only 8 seconds later, and much to the delight of the travelling Lynx support. A two goals in two minutes’ burst from Pirates took the game away from Aberdeen as first Blair, then Riddell, took the score to 5-1, and with Orr emphasising the home side’s superiority with a 6th in 36 minutes, it was all over, although Leyden again retaliated with a second unassisted goal half a minute later, followed by McIntosh in the last seconds of the period to give the scoreline a slightly better hue for the visitors at 6-3 at the second interval.


Play was scrappy in the early part of the third period but at the halfway point, and for a few brief seconds, Lynx looked to get back in the game as Malcolm netted to bring the score to 6-4., but that’s where it ended as first Orr, then Hassan, scored within 40 seconds of each other to take the game away and give their side a 5 goal aggregate with little time left. Cowan duly completed his hat trick with less than 20 seconds remaining, and a 5th goal for the visitors, courtesy Turnbull, merely provided some window dressing for an Aberdeen side which never gave up, but which could not compete with a home side which retained its goal scoring touch of recent weeks.


Pirates now go through to the SNL Playoff Finals weekend on 11/12 April in Kirkcaldy, with Edinburgh Capitals, Dundee Comets, and the hosts, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, for company.

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Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced it is to introduce direct flights between Glasgow and the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It will also add flights to the Polish city of Lublin.

It will be the first time Budapest has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport and Wizz Air will operate a year round, twice weekly service starting on 13 June 2015. The airline will operate a twice weekly service to Lublin in eastern Poland with flights starting on 16 September 2015.

Budapest, which is one of the largest cities in Central Europe, straddles the Danube River and is renowned for its architecture, rich history and culture. Wizz Air chose to add direct flights between the two cities following a poll carried out in the Hungarian media, with the majority of participants placing Glasgow at the top of their wish list.

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Wizz Air first moved to Glasgow Airport in March 2013 and the addition of Budapest brings the total number of destinations it serves from Glasgow to six. It currently operates services to the Polish cities of Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice and Gdansk.


Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “This is fantastic news for the airport. We are continually working to expand our route network and not only will Wizz Air’s new routes further strengthen our connectivity with Europe’s major cities, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow.


“It is important for Glasgow to have regular, direct links with European markets. Budapest is one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations and will be a big draw for leisure travellers.”


Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Wizz Air’s new routes are a real boost for Glasgow. The fact that the people of Budapest voted for a Glasgow service strongly reflects the popularity of our city. It is a positive and welcome step from Wizz Air, which provides the perfect opportunity to strengthen cultural and business links between both cities and presents us with even greater scope to grow in-bound tourism.”


“Glasgow is constantly striving to improve its air links and connect the city to more European destinations and the wider global marketplace. We’re looking forward to working with Wizz Air to ensure the success of these routes.”


The next three months will see the launch of a further 13 new routes from Glasgow Airport including direct flights to Las Vegas, Munich, Prague and Bordeaux. On 30 May 2015, Canadian airline WestJet will launch daily, direct flights between Glasgow and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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In aid of Rainbow Child Foundation

Local resident Amber Marshall has been selected to compete for a place in an exciting beauty pageant being held in Disneyland Paris!

Amber from Erskine has been chosen by the Face Of The Globe organisation to compete at a regional heat being held at The Holiday Inn, Glasgow Airport on 2nd May 2015.

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The contest has four age categories ranging from 5 years with no upper age limit, and Amber who is 5 years old, will be in the ‘Mini category’ from which, if she is selected as one of the 5 representatives from that group, will be invited to Disneyland Paris in April 2016 to compete against girls from all over the World!

Amber, a pupil at UK Theatre School, is a very confident and friendly girl, and hopes that the interviews with the judges on the day will show this side of her personality, as the finalists will be judged not just on looks, but also their personalities, and awards such as Miss Publicity and Miss Charity in aid of Rainbow Child Foundation (No 1158348.) which was founded by X Factor and Dancing On Ice star Chico Slimani.  Amber will be taking part in various fundraising events over the next few months including a sponsored walk across Erskine bridge.

You can follow Amber’s progress in the contest at as full results will be published on their website, or purchase tickets online to come along and support Amber on the night.

For further comments/information, please contact Face Of The Globe office at 01424 307107 / 07557 355954


Face Of The Globe is organised and managed by Pageants UK Limited registered company number 08049145 in England and Wales. Face Of The Globe registered trademark number: 2634856. Rainbow Child Foundation registered number 1158348.

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The ambitious project to transform Paisley’s future using culture and heritage has been honoured at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy picked up two titles at the Placemaking Awards in London, designed to honour the very best planning and regeneration projects from across the UK.

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The ambitious project to transform Paisley’s future using culture and heritage has been honoured at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy picked up two titles at the Placemaking Awards in London, designed to honour the very best planning and regeneration projects from across the UK.

They were: the UK Placemeaking Award for best use of arts, culture and sport in placemaking; and Best placemaking in Scotland.

PTCHAS is the far-reaching set of proposals taking in a range of projects designed to make the most of Paisley’s heritage offering, described by experts as ‘internationally-significant’.

It includes the following:
– a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021, including an expansion of the town’s existing cultural and events programme
– ambitious plans to turn Paisley Museum into an international attraction based around costume and textiles;
– a Paisley Fashion and Design Centre on the High Street as a production and retail base for creative entrepreneurs;
– work to rebrand the town and retell its story to the world and increase the number of tourists;
– a feasibility study into the building of a new theatre/cinema space in the town.

PTCHAS was launched by Renfrewshire Council last summer, having been produced with the assistance of regeneration specialists SLR Consulting Ltd.

Judges praised the strategy for its ‘town-wide scale’, saying it ‘showed good community engagement, and made good use of economic heritage’.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This pair of awards is great news and is testament to the quality of the work which has been done to date.

“For the town’s regeneration plans to be recognised as among the best of their kind in the UK is a big thumbs-up for everything Paisley has to offer.

“The town is known worldwide for the Paisley Pattern and still has the legacy of its days at the heart of the global textile industry, as well as a thriving cultural scene which will form the basis for the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

“We hope that once these plans come to fruition they will leave a lasting legacy to benefit all of Renfrewshire for generations to come.”

Paul McTernan from SLR Consulting said: “We were delighted to see the team’s work in Paisley acknowledged by these awards.

“The partnership between Renfrewshire Council and the SLR consultancy team has been superb from the outset and together we are continuing to push on with the implementation of a hugely ambitious strategy that will transform Paisley and be an exemplar to other towns and cities in terms of how really good heritage planning can deliver real economic and social change.

“We remain grateful to all of those in Paisley that have helped us to put the project together and who are now engaged in getting it delivered on the ground. That collective effort has now been acknowledged as best in Scotland and best in the UK”.

As part of the wider project, the council is also working to make the most of Paisley’s outstanding built heritage – with ongoing restoration work on the Russell Institute building and Arnotts site, and with £2m of lottery funding lined up for a Townscape Heritage scheme to revamp historic buildings in the area around the High Street.

You can download the full strategy at

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Glasgow Airport is gearing up for what is traditionally one of its busiest periods of the year as tens of thousands of holidaymakers prepare to take to the skies for the Easter school holidays.

More than 110,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend with the majority heading to popular sunspots such as the Canary Islands, Turkey, Majorca, Dubai and the sunshine state of Florida.

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Airlines including easyJet, and Thomas Cook are all reporting strong demand on popular routes including Marrakech, Kos and Split.

Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to offer assistance to help guide passengers, especially those with young children, through check-in and back through arrivals.  There will also be Easter entertainment on offer for departing passengers, including an arts and crafts stall and an Easter bunny.

Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “2015 has got off to a flying start at the airport and we’re expecting this year’s Easter school holiday break to be a very busy period, which is really encouraging.

“The atmosphere in the terminal is always fantastic in the lead up to and during the Easter holiday period, and we will have more staff on duty to ensure our passengers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport.

“Over the coming weeks we will see our summer flight schedule get into full swing and the next three months will see the arrival of 13 fantastic new routes for our passengers, including direct flights to Las Vegas, Munich and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We have enjoyed a great deal of success in recent months following the completion of our £20 million terminal redevelopment programme and in developing our route network – these are the main reasons why more and more people are choosing to start their holiday from Glasgow Airport.”

The busy April holiday season is welcome news for the airport which recorded its busiest year since 2008 last year with 7.7 million passengers travelling through its doors.  It also secured 20 new routes and services, including Ryanair which opened a new base at Glasgow Airport in October with seven new routes for winter and nine for summer.

This week Flybe launched a double daily service to Bournemouth, and Ryanair has launched a summer service to Carcassonne.

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Created in association with The National Theatre of Scotland and the The Tron Theatre Glasgow, Last Dream (On Earth) celebrates incredible journeys into the unknown; be it a bid for freedom that drives migrants across the perilous waters from North Africa to Europe or the equally risky race to space won by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.

Last Dream (On Earth) differs from regular stage shows. It interweaves a driving music score with personal accounts – including real conversations Gagarin had with his control team as he orbited the Earth. During the performance the audience will wear headphones to experience an immersive sound world, as it is both created and performed in front of them.

And Paisley Arts Centre will also host a pre-show event on Tuesday 7 April, 1pm – 3pm, taking a closer look at the ‘Space Race’ and ‘Space Sounds’ featured in the production.

John Pressly, from Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Coats Observatory will present a brief history of the space race; including the significant milestones and tragedies encountered by the two greatest space powers on Earth 1940 – 1970, the United States of America and the Soviet Union.

Thereafter Last Dream (On Earth) creator and Director Kai Fischer will sample some of the space sounds featured in the play, with help from the sets of headphones that will be handed out to the audience on performance night.

‘Linking the Stage to the Stars’, our pre-show event before Last Dream (On Earth) will take place at Paisley Arts Centre, 1pm – 3pm on Tuesday 7 April. Admission to this event is free.

Theatre performance Last Dream (On Earth) will take to the stage at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 11 April, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) + booking fee* bookable at the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or at

The show is suitable for ages 12+ and does contain some strong language.


With the general election campaign officially underway, more than 123,000 polling cards will be landing on doormats in Renfrewshire over the next few days.

And election officials in Renfrewshire are urging over 5500 residents to update their details on the Electoral Register.

Renfrewshire’s election team is advising voters to check which type of three different polling cards they receive – as some advise people they need to do more if they want to secure a postal or proxy vote.

Last September, changes were made nationally to the way people register to vote. Voters are now responsible for registration as individuals rather than as members of a household. This process involves a check of other information such as National Insurance numbers.

The details of vast majority of Renfrewshire voters have been checked and verified, but around 4.5% – just over 5500 people – are unconfirmed electors and need to supply further details. Polling cards confirm that someone is eligible to vote at the election.

Everyone who receives a polling card is eligible to vote.

Those who receive a white polling card are confirmed electors and their card will confirm the polling place where they can cast their vote.

Those who receive a cream-coloured polling card are registered as postal voters and their card will confirm when their postal vote will be issued.

Those who receive a white polling card with pink text on it are unconfirmed voters. These voters will still be eligible to vote at the election, but they will not be able to apply for a postal or proxy vote without contacting the Electoral Registration Office in advance.

Sandra Black, returning officer for the election for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South and the Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituencies, said: “The vast majority of voters have confirmed their registration details and are eligible to vote.

““I would want to reassure anyone who needs to supply more information to confirm their registration that they will still be able to vote in person. If they want to obtain the right to opt for a postal or proxy vote there is still time to do that.

“The Electoral Registration Officer is ready to guide them on the relevant information required and the timescales when the registration process has to be completed.”

People can check that their name is on the electoral register by asking in any local library or calling the Electoral Registration Officer on 0300 300 0150.

Registration must be completed by midnight on Monday 20 April. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April. The last date to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 28 April.