Everybody knows how popular Princess Diana is – so imagine the hysteria when she visited Paisley.

Princess Diana visits Accord Hospice

No wonder Princess Diana looks so happy in this picture – after all, she was visiting Paisley.

On June 19 1992, the people’s princess jetted into town to open The Paisley Centre and to pay a visit to the Accord Hospice.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Paisley town centre just to catch a glimpse of the passionate philanthropist.

Children were carried over barriers to meet her and she was happy to take pictures and give them a cuddle.

Holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing a tartan dress, she walked down the High Street to applause and waved to the crowds.

Stepping of a plane at Glasgow Airport, the beloved Royal greeted everyone with a smile as she made her way to the Accord on Morton Avenue.

She was there to celebrate the grand opening of the Hospice’s inpatient unit.

And the People’s Princess had a massive impact on absolutely everyone she came into contact with on that sunny day.

Accord’s chief executive Helen Simpson believes Diana’s visit had a profound impact on the charity. She said: “It was absolutely amazing and I know that plenty of people still look back fondly on how she was with the patients.

“It was such an honour to have her visit and she had so much empathy towards people.

“To carry out a big event like that for our inpatient opening was a massive occasion that will never be forgotten.

“But it wasn’t just a big occasion for the Hospice.

“It was also important to the whole community of Paisley to have such a dignitary visit the town and be so kind.”

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MEMBER of Parliament and Paisley Rugby Club president, Gavin Newlands got stripped for action yesterday after intu Braehead agreed to sponsor the club’s new shirts.


And he praised bosses at the shopping and leisure destination for supporting the Paisley City of Culture 2021 bid by allowing their campaign logo to be displayed on the front of the rugby tops.


The team will wear the specially-designed Paisley 2021 strips – paid for by the £1000 sponsorship from intu Braehead – at home and all around the country as they compete in Division Two of the West Regional League and various cup competitions.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North said:
“We certainly scored a winner when intu Braehead agreed to sponsor our new rugby tops and then allowed the Paisley 2021 campaign logo to be printed on the front.

“As a long-standing sporting organisation in the town, the rugby club is a strong supporter of the bid for Paisley to become City of Culture in 2021.

“I know intu Braehead also backs the bid and has been involved in various aspects of the campaign.
“There’s nothing better than teamwork and with the rugby club and intu Braehead coming together to promote the Paisley 2021 campaign, I’m sure we’ll make a few conversions to the cause along the way!”

General manager of intu Braehead, Gary Turnbull said: “intu Braehead and Paisley Rugby Club have come together to back Paisley’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021.
“We’ve previously supported the Paisley 2021 campaign, but we thought the idea of the campaign logo being on the front of the rugby team’s shirts was another good way of getting a positive message about the town out there.

“We’re happy that we’ve been able to make that happen with our sponsorship deal.”
Paisley 2021 bid director, Jean Cameron, said: “intu Braehead and Paisley Rugby Club have been great supporters of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and it is fantastic that they have decided to take this support a step further by using the Paisley 2021 logo on their rugby shirts.

“The area boasts some great sports teams and clubs like Paisley Rugby Club and hopefully the new branded strip will help bring results on the field and in the town.”

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A series of workshops and exhibitions will take place this weekend to celebrate Paisley’s rich built heritage as part of Renfrewshire Council’s Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS 2).

The legendary Paisley Arts Centre will play host to a range of TH.CARS 2 activities taking place as part of Doors Open Days on Saturday 2 September 2017.

The £4 million TH.CARS 2 project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest while highlighting the significant role Paisley has played in the weaving and textile industry.

During Doors Open Days visitors can view work created by the STAR Project and artist Mandy McIntosh about the life and work of Paisley architect James Steel Maitland – including a short film and a publication ‘Special Concrete’. Create Paisley and local film maker Kevin Cameron will also premiere a short documentary ’Coats Tales – the Town that Coats Built’ about the architectural legacy left to Paisley by the Coats & Clarks families.

There will also be an opportunity to participate in a cognitive mapping workshop with designers Dress for the Weather and After the News where participants can think about how to mentally map their own Paisley. The Paisley TH.CARS2 team will be available throughout the day to provide information about future opportunities available through their five-year heritage and culture programme, and the grant funds available to Paisley town centre building owners.

The activities taking place not only celebrate the town’s heritage but also encourage people to get involved in a range of cultural activities. This is a key part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Cllr Jim Paterson, said: “Paisley boasts an impressive built heritage and it’s great to see this celebrated during Doors Open Days and through the TH.CARS 2 project.

“Events and activities like this will help share the town’s unique story and attract more visitors and businesses to the area.”

Michael Easson, Grants Manager at HES, said:  “The funding awarded through our CARS and Historic Environment Repair Grant to Paisley in the last few years has played a significant role in supporting investment in the City’s built environment.

“We now hope, via  Doors Open Day 2017, this can help Renfrewshire Council attract as wide an audience as possible to engage with the City’s many fine heritage attractions, now and in the months and years to come.”

The events at Paisley Arts Centre are not the only activities TH.CARS2 are delivering over the course of the Doors Open Days weekend. An Arty-Archi Sketching and Walking Tour will also take place on 2 September. Heritage expert Alison McClandish leads an architectural sketching tour of Paisley’s Oakshaw area. The tour starts and finishes outside the High St entrance of UWS.

Additionally, a traditional building skills demonstration will take place at Abbey Close on 4 and 5 September. The public will be able to see the traditional building skills and crafts which maintain Paisley’s architectural heritage in action. The project is being delivered by TH.CARS2 in partnership with West College Scotland, and with the support of the Glasgow Traditional Building Forum, Scottish Traditional Building Forum, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Stone Federation GB, CITB, Paisley Abbey and Paisley Hammermen Society.

To find out more about the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thcars2

To find out more about the events taking place as part of Doors Open Days please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/doorsopendays

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Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has commended the work of You First Advocacy after visiting them to find out more about their work.

Earlier this week, Mr Newlands visited the You First Advocacy offices in Paisley to meet with their manager, Dennis McGinnigal. You First Advocacy is a charity based in Paisley offering independent advocacy services to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, long term health conditions and older people. They support people with a wide range of issues and can help represent their clients at important meetings for example in hospitals, social work offices, Court, Housing Department, Benefits Offices and more.

Gavin Newlands commented: “It was very useful to meet with You First Advocacy to discuss their work in more detail. I’m familiar with them after collaborating with them on several occasions to help constituents, but it was helpful to hear Dennis’ views on the main challenges they are currently facing.

“You First Advocacy are currently seeing a high number of people affected by the Tory government’s welfare reform agenda and who have had a cut in their benefits. I share their concerns about the mishandled introduction of Universal Credit and what impact this may have on people’s finances.

“I’m grateful for Dennis for taking the time out of his busy schedule to meet with me to discuss the importance of advocacy service for vulnerable people. You First Advocacy provide a crucial service to people in Renfrewshire and I look forward to continuing to work with them going forward.”

Dennis McGinnigal, Manager of You First Advocacy said: “I think everyone could do with an advocate at some point. It does make a difference when accessing services, social justice and empowering individuals in our community. The vulnerable people we support are among those most at risk of being marginalised.”

New play area opens as part of £1million investment in Barshaw Park

The next stage of a multi-million investment in Renfrewshire’s parks has been completed as a new, dynamic play area opens in Barshaw Park.

Opening of new play park at Barshaw Park Paisley 31.8.17

The brand new play equipment installed at the park includes a new chute, see-saw, climbing frame, tyre swings, climbing wall and rope swing.

The new play area is part of a £2million investment in Barshaw and Robertson Park which has already seen improvements made to the pathways, roads and drainage systems.

Opening of new play park at Barshaw Park Paisley 31.8.17

A further £250,000 will be invested in five other neighbourhood parks to enhance the visitor experience for all who use Renfrewshire’s parks and open spaces.

Opening of new play park at Barshaw Park Paisley 31.8.17

Primary 2 pupils from Williamsburgh Primary completed a project on Barshaw Park during the last school year, visiting once a week to undertake inspect spotting, leaf identification and other related activities with the aim of learning how best to take care of the park.

Opening of new play park at Barshaw Park Paisley 31.8.17

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, joined the pupils at the park yesterday as they got the first chance to test out the new equipment.

Councillor McEwan said: “I’m delighted that the new play equipment is now open as a further enhancement to the facilities available in Barshaw Park.

Opening of new play park at Barshaw Park Paisley 31.8.17

“The £1milllion investment will see families able to enjoy a safe, fun and inviting environment that they can bring their children to for years to come.

“We are committed to providing the best facilities we can for our communities and the further enhancements to Barshaw, alongside the improvements to Robertson Park and the five other smaller parks, will ensure that they provide a fantastic experience for every visitor.”

Installation of new play equipment at Robertson Park is due to be completed in the coming weeks with the improvements to the other neighbourhood parks set to begin shortly after.

For further information on parks in Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/parksandgardens


Do you ever wonder what lays beneath the surface of the ocean? Well, it’s safe to say it’s not as friendly as finding Nemo makes it out to be. The ocean is full of deadly creatures that will eat you! For thousands of years, there have been tales of many mythic creatures living in the ocean.  Total Fishing Tackle fishing gear has created this top trump style infographic just to show you how scary the ocean can be!


The Leviathan is the scariest of the lot! This mythic creature is said to be absolutely enormous with seven heads. It is described as being so big it can eat a whale whole. He is also said to be one of the seven prices of hell. You definitely wouldn’t want to meet this guy, and if you do make sure you swim as quickly as you can!


If you’re afraid of spiders then the Japanese spider crab is the stuff of nightmares! This spider crab is deceptive, often disguising itself with other sea creatures and its ability to blend in with the ocean floor makes it the ultimate predator. If you’re afraid of spiders this is definitely a crab you don’t want to have an encounter with.


Myth or not the loch ness monster is one scary sea creature. Supposedly 12 meters in length, this sea monster is said to live in in the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness preying on other sea creatures and humans. Yikes!


The least scary of the lot is the whale shark. Now although this sea creature may sound scary, they are in fact harmless. The whale shark, in fact, chooses to live a life eating plankton rather than hunting larger meals. This makes them the least scary on the list followed by the domesticated harmless carp fish, which is in fact one of the only domesticated sea creatures!


A stylish Italian scooter is the fantastic prize on offer in a charity fundraiser launched this week.

Natasha McNeil with Jim and Liz Brown

The fully-restored candy-red Vespa PK125S, donated by local couple Jim and Liz Brown of Johnstone, will become the prized possession of one lucky winner in a new charity prize draw raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Natasha McNeil promotes the prize draw

The classic scooter took pride of place at a launch event on Saturday 19 August at the Smithers Jones store on Gordon Street, Paisley. Store owner Jamie Gatherer is a well-known figure in the Mod scene and the Vespa will be on display in the shop window for the duration of the competition.

Prize Draw Ticket

16-year-old Natasha McNeil was on hand to help promote the prize draw. Natasha was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January of this year and has just finished a course of chemotherapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Glasgow.

Natasha said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust has meant so much to me these last few months. The support they give you helps you feel that you’re not going through this alone. So I was really happy to help Jim and Liz out.

“I think it’s great that they have donated to this cause and I hppe as many people as possible buy a ticket and try and win this brilliant prize!”

Prize draw tickets cost £5 and are available now at Smithers Jones.

The competition has been organised by local youth music charity LNP Promotions and will run until 21 October when the winning ticket will be drawn at the free ModStuff Afternoon Show of Paisley’s Spree festival. ModStuff will feature performances from three live bands, DJ sets and a ‘scooter ride-out’ led, for the first time this year, by the Paisley Vespa Club.

The Spree festival runs from 13-22 October. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thespree.co.uk; from the festival box office on 0300 300 1210; or from InCube Shop, Paisley Arts Centre and Feel the Groove record shop.

LNP Promotions organises high-profile gigs in Paisley to support charitable projects including the Lod ‘n’ Proud youth music initiative. The charity has organised a sell-out show at Paisley Town Hall on Friday 17 November featuring legendary Scottish bands The Skids and Big Country.

Top music and dance acts from across Paisley and Renfrewshire are set to take over intu Braehead on Friday 1 September with a fantastic day of free entertainment.

As part of the centre’s continued support for Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, intu Braehead will open its doors for talented local musicians and youth groups to show off their skills at a special Paisley 2021 Day.

Singing duo Mandulu & Hephzibah, singer-songwriter Matthew Gibb and Paisley band Clyde will entertain visitors and shoppers alongside performances by the award-winning Street Stuff youth scheme, community dance group Right2Dance and the Johnstone Phoenix Theatre Group.

Abhinaya Glasgow Dance Academy, who recently unveiled a stunning video in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid, will also be on hand for a Bollywood Dancersize instruction.

The Paisley 2021 Day will also include a Paisley Music Week Showcase in collaboration with L’n’P Promotions, with a number of musicians performing during the afternoon.

Intu Braehead officially backed Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 in October 2016 and the event highlights its continued support in promoting Paisley’s bid to the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through the mall every week.

Gary Turnbull, intu Braehead general manager, said: “We are delighted to support the Paisley bid by hosting such a fantastic event at intu Braehead, where local musicians and performers will have an opportunity to demonstrate the talent that Paisley is renowned for.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “Creating showcases for our brilliant local talent is at the heart of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. Teaming up with intu Braehead for the Paisley 2021 day offers a fantastic opportunity for some of the amazing musical and artistic performers from across Renfrewshire to perform in front of visitors to the shopping centre.”

The Paisley 2021 Day and Paisley Music Week Showcase will take place at intu Braehead on Friday 1 September from 1pm-8pm.

For more information on Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, visit http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/

Paisley residents took part in a giant game of snakes and ladders painted onto some unused ground after it was unveiled at a special open day.

Snakes and Ladders mural at Underwood Lane 28.8.17

Renfrewshire Council’s unpaid work team created the playful artwork in Underwood Lane, next to the Basketball Court, as an innovative way for people undertaking Community Payback Orders to give something back to the community.

Snakes and Ladders mural at Underwood Lane 28.8.17
Ann Morgan running

Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) paid for the paint and jumped for joy to see the artwork lighten up the lane.

Using creative projects helps people convicted of offences to feel invested in their community, supporting them to change behaviours.

Snakes and Ladders mural at Underwood Lane 28.8.17
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Maureen McPherson (centre) Ann Morgan (right)

The event also featured hand-crafted items created by the women’s unpaid work squad as well as snacks and juice for kids.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Unpaid work has benefits for everyone in the community. The work helps people with a history of offending to give something back to the community and the community benefit from something that improves the area.

Snakes and Ladders mural at Underwood Lane 28.8.17
Ann Morgan running

“Today, and in the future, kids will have lots of fun playing snakes and ladders, but longer term those who have been involved in its creation will see the positive outcomes of their efforts and help them to reintegrate as law abiding citizens.”

Nicola Hanssen, ROAR General Manager, said: “We enjoy a good relationship with the CPO teams. They help us maintain our gardens.

“We supplied the paint for the snakes and ladders board and paid for it with a donation we received.

“It is nice and bright and you do see people taking their children to play on it.”

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If you happen to be in Paisley and are looking for a venue to spin some slots or play a few hands of poker, you have a couple of options.

It’s worth noting in advance that Glasgow is just a short trip away from Paisley, and you will have a few more choices to select from in the city.

The following are the best casinos in and around the Paisley area.

Admiral Casino 

You will find the Admiral on Moss Street. It’s open every day Mon-Sat from 09:00 to 20:00 and on Sunday from 11:00-17:00 as well.

This is actually a casino fully focused on slot machines. Don’t expect to find a fully fledged casino with every game under the sun. This is a venue specially designed for those who love to spin the reels and there are plenty of games to choose from.

You can’t smoke inside, but you can use eCigarettes and a range of refreshments can be brought directly to you.

Best of all, you can get 50 free spins at the Admiral. Talk to the staff when you get there.

Alea Glasgow

This one is actually in Glasgow, but it’s on the Paisley Road, making it easily accessible from Paisley itself.

This is more of what you would expect when you think ‘casino’. There are slot games, table games like roulette and craps, lots of card games like baccarat and blackjack, and there’s also a dedicated poker lounge if you fancy a showdown.

The Alea also has a nice restaurant serving up delicious grub. It overlooks the waterfront and a selection of alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed including beer, spirits and cocktails.

The entertainment at the Alea can also be great fun, with a range of tribute bands singing the night away. This is definitely a fun casino, and one we look forward to visiting again soon.

Mecca Bingo 

As the name suggests, this is dedicated to slots and bingo, and isn’t a casino per se, meaning there are no card games or dealers. Nonetheless, it’s right in Paisley on Saucel Crescent, so we thought we should include it here.

You can’t miss the Mecca building – it’s bright blue with colourful letters spelling out MECCA. You can play over 35 different slot machines and bingo goes on nonstop. If you start missing your favorite casino games, you can always indulge in it online while enjoying the bingo atmosphere at Mecca.

It’s open every day until midnight, although some days it opens at 10:30 am and other not until noon.

The Mecca is a great place to hang out with friends and have fun. It’s especially popular for hen parties and the like.

Grosvenor Casino Riverboat

Before you cross the river into Glasgow itself, there’s one more casino to consider near Paisley.

The Grosvenor is the real deal as far as fully fledged casinos are concerned. It’s a world-class operator with venues all over the country (and further afield). The full casino experience is on offer including slots, card games, table games like craps and roulette, and poker.

There are a couple of bars to unwind in and you can eat in the ‘Louisiana’ restaurant on the river. You can also enjoy all the major sports events from the bar.

This casino is open from 15:00 until 06:00 every day of the week. Don’t miss it.


As you can see, the major casinos are a little outside Paisley itself, towards Glasgow city. Paisley has a few slots and bingo halls, and this will serve most people.

If you’re looking for the full casino experience, hop in a cab or drive in towards Glasgow.


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Renfrewshire’s business and education leaders have joined forces to work together to drive the region’s future economic success at the first meeting of Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel.

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The 18-member panel has been drawn from across the private and public sector along with representatives from further and higher education and national agencies.

It includes businesses such as Malcolm Group, Scottish Leather Group, Hewlett Packard and Diageo.

Together, the panel will work together to develop a long-term economic strategy for Renfrewshire from 2018-2035.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland chaired the opening panel meeting which was hosted by University of the West of Scotland.

Panel members considered Renfrewshire’s current economic position which showed Renfrewshire is home to the second highest percentage of people in employment with an academic degree or professional qualification.

The area has also seen the biggest jobs growth in Scotland for young people four years in a row, lifting Renfrewshire from 27th for youth employment to fourth in Scotland.

More than 90 percent of companies in Renfrewshire are micro-businesses, while the area is also home to major employers including Glasgow Airport and Intu Braehead.

The panel considered the key issues facing Renfrewshire such as the low population growth forecast over the next 20 years, and received a detailed presentation on the Brexit implications for Renfrewshire.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland and Chair of the Renfrewshire Economic Leadership Panel said: “We all share a commitment to Renfrewshire and its long term economic success and despite a number of challenges, there is exciting potential for the area now and in the future. We want to send a clear message that Renfrewshire is open for business and is an attractive place to live, work and invest in.

“This is the first time such a panel has been brought together and it is up to us to ensure the business community and those responsible for knowledge and skills development are working closely together, putting Renfrewshire’s economic development at the heart of our work.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is home to a fantastic range of businesses big and small, all making a vital contribution to the local, national and international economy.

“The Renfrewshire Strategic Economic Framework highlighted the importance of strong engagement with the private sector and educational partners to drive forward local economic development and set out the establishment of the Renfrewshire Economic Leadership Panel as a strategic priority.

“I’m very pleased to see the panel start its work today. Its members and the organisations they represent will play a hugely important role in accelerating the economic fortunes of Renfrewshire and supporting us to make Renfrewshire an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The panel will meet four times a year and the draft economic strategy is scheduled for next summer.

Renfrewshire’s young entrepreneurs of the future are being supported through the launch of Paisley YMCA’s  iEnterprise digital youth incubator programme.

teen business incubator at YMCA 21.8.17

The iEnterprise programme, which received funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Fund, is a dedicated entrepreneurial space which aims to help young people furthest away from the employment market to find work or start up their own business.

The first session which recently took place saw 23 young people aged from 11 to 18 years come along to participate and learn more digital skills.

The principle behind iEnterprise is for young people to identify a need within their community, develop an idea to address that need through entrepreneurial thinking using digital technology to help develop and implement their ideas.

Over the next 40 weeks participants will be given access to software and hardware as well as training and certification to develop their ideas. They will also be encouraged to take on project management roles, set budgets, solve problems, set goals and work as a team to achieve their objective.

Darran Gillan, Youth and Community Development Manager, Paisley YMCA said: “Our aim is to support and develop young people in order to help them reach their full potential through digitally based cultural and educational projects and programmes that develop an entrepreneurial spirit.

“The £50,000 Young Start fund from the Big Lottery Scotland will support that transition for young people into the world of work over the next two years and enable them to be more attractive candidates to employers.”

In addition to equipping young people with valuable transferable skills the programme aims to improve young peoples’ digital literacy skills, further develop their problem solving and cognitive thinking abilities, gain increased confidence using digital technology in intuitive ways that makes sense to them and developing their knowledge to use technology as a problem-solving tool.

Using digital technology to help transform people’s lives by creating opportunities is a key aspect of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director, Jean Cameron, said: “The iEnterprise programme is an excellent project which will help young people explore their creativity through digital channels. One of the main ambitions of the Paisley 2021 bid is to increase participation, raise aspirations and improve future prospects through culture and this programme looks to achieve all of these outcomes.

“The young people taking part in these sessions can use the skills they learn in a range of creative and interesting ways helping to broaden their horizons and open them up to the range of career opportunities. Projects like iEnterprise help demonstrate that culture is digital.”

During our pilot programme which took place in 2016 local young people developed wrestling, graphic design and music events businesses.

iEnterprise will be open at Paisley YMCA on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5pm – 8pm for the next 40 weeks.

For more information on iEnterprise contact darran@paisleyymca.org

For more information on Paisley 2021 please visit: www.paisley2021.co.uk.