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Scotland has one of the leading universities in the world which have made invaluable contribution in training, teaching and research. Scotland boasts of lower cost of living in United Kingdom and by extension Scottish universities are located in relatively cheaper neighborhoods whilst offering the very best like other world-class universities. The top universities in the country are ranked in terms of entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. Top of the best universities in Scotland was prepared by team of bloggers from CustomEssayOrder.

University of St Andrews

As a university established in the 15th century it is rich in history and has made immeasurable contribution to science and research. The university which is also famed for golfing, has made an indelible mark in extra co curricular activities giving students an opportunity to explore their talents and experience a holistic development. The university boasts of many notable alumni in mathematics, science, theology, philosophy and politics. They include but not limited to Thomas Chalmers, Edward Jenner, John Knox, John Napier, John Pringle and James Wilson. The university has four faculties which encompass 18 schools in various fields headed by a dean. St. Andrew’s university jointly with Warwick university have the second highest graduate employment rate of any university in United Kingdom with their graduates in work in three and half years after graduation. University graduates from St. Andrews are chosen by recruiters and employed with the highest starting salaries in Scotland. It is also renowned for producing self-made millionaires and more directors of FTSE 100 companies in proportion to its size than any other university in Britain. The university has also established strong relationship with other educational institutions and created a productive exchange program with other universities within and without United Kingdom. Student body and societies within the institution which cover students’ interests and ensure conducive environment for learning.

University of Edinburgh

Founded in the 16th century, the university has grown to become one of the world’s top universities. It is situated in the heart of the historic capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. It has received global recognition for invaluable contribution in research, development, innovation and has continually provided its students with quality education for more than four centuries. The learning process is learner centered and encompasses traditional and modern teaching methods to impart knowledge. It encompasses three colleges namely humanities and social sciences, science and engineering and medicine and veterinary medicine. The three schools cumulatively have 20 academic schools. The structure of the university administration is fairly decentralized to these schools covering wide range of subjects and research specialisms. University of Edinburgh has the 9th highest entry qualification for undergraduates of any United Kingdom university averaging 483 UCAS points in 2015. Their competitive entry qualification criteria show how much the public trusts them and how their rigorous selection exercise is meant to pick the best. Some of the historically notable alumni in this university include Charles Darwin, David Hume, Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Additionally, the university has amassed 20 Nobel laureates in in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Peace, Literature and the Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow is also one the top universities in Scotland. It is in the list of the four ancient universities in Scotland. The university was founded in the 15th century to mainly educate students from rich families. It is ranked as one of the best research universities not only in Scotland but also in the United Kingdom. The university is also one of the highest earning universities in the United Kingdom. It has four colleges with each college hosting several schools. The colleges are arts, science and engineering, social sciences and college of veterinary, medical and life sciences. Entry to the university is competitive. The student culture is vibrant with world class facilities for extra curricular like sports, music and clubs. Some of the notable alumni of the University of Glasgow are James Wilson who is one of the United States founding fathers, Adam Smith, James Watt, Lord Kelvin, Joseph Lister and Francis Hutcheson. The university boasts of seven recipients of Nobel prize and three prime ministers.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University was established in the 19th century by Leonard Horner, a Scottish businessman. The university currently has campuses in several places outside Scotland like Dubai and Malaysia. It has programs for long distance learning for students worldwide. This is through partnerships with a number of approved educational partners. The university has consistently been ranked among the top 500 in the world. It is one of the best universities in the United Kingdom and is ranked as number one in research in Scotland. Six schools and an institute constitute the university. These are school of society, infrastructure, geoscience and energy; school of physical sciences and engineering; school of social sciences, school of computer sciences and mathematics; school of textiles and design and the Edinburgh Business School. The university is known for the high employability of its students. It has been named the university of the year severally by the Sunday Times. The university boasts of notable alumni in various fields like arts, business, sports and academia.

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee was founded in the 19th century as a public research university. The university in ranked top 300 worldwide and within top 30 in the United Kingdom. the University of Dundee is made of nine schools which contain a number of disciplines each. The schools are art and design, life sciences, social sciences, dentistry, medicine, science and engineering, education and social work, nursing and humanities. Campuses of the university are spread throughout Scotland. Some of the campuses are for specialized schools like the school of medicine. The university boasts of a vibrant student life and modern facilities. It has a significant collection of historical artefacts which are maintained by the museum services. Famous personalities in various fields boast of having attended this university. They are in various fields like business, politics, law, media, science, medicine and engineering. Several are Nobel laureates and others have made significant contributions to their field of expertise.

There are plenty of fun family activities to enjoy in Renfrewshire over the festive season to help keep everyone entertained.

Here is a selection of the many great events happening throughout the area:

Festive Family Ceilidh – 28 Dec – 7.30PM Paisley Town Hall

Why not celebrate the end of 2017 at the annual Festive Family Ceilidh with Clamjamfrie and enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish music and dancing for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets for the event are £8 plus booking fee. For more information on the event please call 0300 300 1210 or visit

Family Bushcraft – 29 Dec – 10.30am – 12.30pm – Castle Semple Visitor Centre

For any budding Bear Grylls – Castle Semple is hosting a Family Bushcraft session where participants can pick up a range of survival skills including learning traditional fire lighting methods and cooking over a campfire.

The cost for taking part is £5 per person. To find out more please call Castle Semple on 01505 842 882.


The Big Adventure – Linwood

For families looking to keep their little ones entertained a visit to The Big Adventure in Linwood is just the ticket.

The multi-levelled soft play area offers a wide range of great activities catering for babies and toddlers all the way up to 12-year-olds.

Admission ranges from £.3.95 – £7.50. To find out more please visit:

Explore Gleniffer Braes Country Park

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore 480 acres of woodland, farmland and moorland at Gleniffer Braes Country Park where there are a number of way-marked walking paths running through the park.

Visitors can also take in the stunning views of Paisley, the Lower Clyde Valley and Ben Lomond as well as enjoying a trip to the Tannahill walkway and the Craigielinn waterfall where icicles can sometimes be seen hanging in the winter months.


New Year’s Day on the slopes – 1 Dec – Snow Factor – Renfrew

Families can celebrate New Year’s Day on the slopes at Snow Factor, Soar Intu Braehead in Renfrew.

Enjoy a half day lift pass and a full Scottish breakfast to welcome in 2018. There will also be a special offer on family sledging sessions on this day.

Interested parties are encouraged to book this in advance. To find out more please visit:

The Experience – Hillington

If excitement is what you’re looking for take a trip to The Experience at Hillington Park offering a fun-filled day out for children and adults alike.

The indoor go-karting and laser tag arena ensures there is plenty of fun to be had. The Refuel Café also offers the perfect pit-stop for tasty treats.

To find out more please visit:

Paisley Abbey visitor experience

Why not use the festive break to explore one of Paisley’s most iconic visitor attractions?

The 850 year-old medieval  Abbey is believed to have been the place where William Wallace was educated and is also the final resting place of six high stewards of Scotland including Marjory Bruce – the daughter of Robert the Bruce. This earned the abbey the title of Cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.

To find out more please visit:

Winter Walk – 7 Jan – 1pm – 3pm – Finlaystone Country Estate

Get outdoors this New Year and clear away the cobwebs with an invigorating winter walk around Finlaystone Country Estate led by their expert rangers.

For more information visit:

Paisley Museum Visit

Take in some local culture this winter by visiting Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to find out more about the town’s textile heritage and famous Paisley pattern as well as its enviable natural history and archaeology collections.

Find out more by visiting:

Winter adventure to Lochwinnoch RSPB

Head along to the Lochwinnoch RSPB and spot some of the star species on site this winter. At this time of year there are frequent sightings of hen harriers, kingfishers and other birds of prey.

To find out more please visit:

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Safety experts have urged the public in Renfrewshire to be on their guard for fake goods and electronic chargers following purchases made at Christmas or in the New Year sales.

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Trading Standards & Licensing officers at Renfrewshire Council warned the public to be prepared for fake goods breaking or not working and to exercise caution when using unfamiliar devices or toys. Problems with loose parts, plugs or cabling can pose a danger to consumers and potentially damage property.

Consumer complaints usually peak in the New Year period from disappointed families due to gifts and bargains that have been bought over the festive period malfunctioning or not living up to expectations.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board said:

“Unfortunately, goods that are below safety standards will always make their way into circulation and can be cleverly disguised to look just like the real thing. You might think you are getting a great bargain but many of these items will fail very basic safety tests.

“Make sure to buy from reputable shops, be wary of products that seem drastically cheaper than they should be and look at the packaging for the distributor’s details and a CE mark. We ask people to remember the 4 Ps – Product, Price, Place and Packaging”

Of great concern to the Trading Standards & Licensing team at this time of year is counterfeit mobile phone chargers. They warn the use of even genuine, high-quality electrical devices can be dangerous if they are powered by fake chargers or plugs.

Councillor McEwan added: “As well as shoddy charging devices, fires caused by people using chargers which are incompatible with the products they are connected to is a risk we are highlighting in 2018.

“It’s vitally important to use the correct type of charger for your product otherwise your device could over-charge or pose a risk of electric shock. “

For further advice on goods you have purchased, you can call the Trading Standards & Licensing team on 0300 300 0380 or send an e-mail to

Renfrewshire’s bid to clean up Renfrewshire is being backed by local community groups who are urging others to follow their lead.

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The campaign aims to bring together the community to tackle issues such as littering, fly tipping, dog fouling and recycling to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Kristina Semple helps lead a team of volunteers who are aiming to bring back the beauty to the Renfrew White Cart Riverbank and have undertaken a number of clean ups since the campaign began.

Kristina said: “The Team up to Clean up Campaign has made it easy for our Volunteer River Tidy project to clean up the area, by providing litter pickers, bags and gloves for each organised litter tidy.

“After each litter pick, they quickly picked up what we had collected, which was many bags of rubbish and many bigger items like bits of a motor bike, several shopping trolleys, chairs, a huge camera box, signage, car tyre metal and so on.

“As a result, the White Cart river bank looks much more like a natural place again and local people and wildlife are able to enjoy it more.

“It’s a satisfying thing to do as you can see the difference straight away, and it’s especially impressive when there are lots of people. It builds a sense of community, sparks new friendships, cements old ones, gets people moving, and it’s great to have something to do outdoors.”

Heather Clissit runs the Erskine Community Garden group which aims to make a difference to the environment in Erskine and has worked closely with national charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on a number of projects, including winning an award for her ‘Pick me up before you go-go’ photography piece.

Heather said: “The Team Up To Clean Up campaign is a great way for people within Renfrewshire to take action and work with Renfrewshire Council to tackle the issue of the various forms of litter within our communities.

“Apart from the satisfaction of seeing a dirty footpath become clean, there is also the benefit of being out in the fresh air, getting some gentle exercise, working in a team and socialising, with many of our volunteers feelling the litter picks are therapeutic.

“The support we get from our community is amazing. Even if they can’t join us, they are always encouraging, appreciative and don’t take the work we do for granted.

“Some look for other ways to support us – one of our local pubs The Bridgewater, put on a lunch for us of homemade soup and sandwiches, tea coffee and biscuits for our 10 volunteers at the last litter pick and have pledged to send a team from the pub to take part in the litter picks, throughout 2018.”

To ensure the campaign is a joint project between the Council and the community, £250,000 has been invested to increase the council resources in road sweeping, gully cleaning, litter picking and the replacement of out of date roads infrastructure.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We are delighted that the community are getting on board with the campaign and striving to make a difference to their local area.

“We’re committed to providing the support and resource needed to make a real difference to Renfrewshire and the support of community groups is crucial to our ability to ensure the cleanliness of our local areas.

“We need to change the mindset of people who think it is acceptable to litter, fail to pick up after their dog or think that recycling is someone else’s job.

“We need everyone to take part wherever they possibly can so join our campaign on Facebook, check out the information on our website and together we can Team Up to Clean Up Renfrewshire.”

Find out more about the campaign via www.renfrewshire and join the conversation on Facebook by searching for ‘Team Up to Clean Up Renfrewshire’.

A pilot project is using Virtual Reality to hook up older and isolated members of the community to cultural experiences they would otherwise be unable to access.

Pensioner Ruth Clunie, aged 98 tries out new virtual reality for the housebound 14.12.17

Thanks to support from Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund, housebound and elderly members of Paisley-based Roar Connections for Life, are having their horizons opened up by the technology.

The fund was set up in 2015 as a way of getting people involved in culture and unlocking Renfrewshire’s creative potential as part of Paisley’s bid to win the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

It continues as a key legacy now that the competition is over, with applications from local groups invited for further rounds of funding.

Pensioner Ruth Clunie, aged 98 tries out new virtual reality for the housebound 14.12.17

The ‘VR Over the Doorstep’ project is being tested in the community by people befriended by the charity, which provides preventative, health and wellbeing services for older people.

Film maker and Virtual Reality Artist Simon Bishopp, said: “The idea is to involve isolated and mobility impaired elderly people in the Renfrewshire community to allow them to engage with cultural events and activities that they can’t physically travel to.

“We will visit them with Virtual Reality headsets so they’ll be able to see and interact with things that have happened in the area.

“At the moment we’re going through the testing phase and are making the apps which allows them to travel around virtual spaces – so they can visit physical spaces that we’ve filmed and then engage with things there simply by looking at them.”

The users will be able to go to places like Paisley Museum and by simply by looking at the virtual exhibits, the objects will become larger and closer to them and rotate. Even online UK Casinos.

A narrator will take them through the museum and they will be able to move from one room to the next to create an immersive experience that feels like they’re actually there.”

The six months pilot scheme also aims to offer live stream events like theatre productions.

Virtual Reality can also be used to take the housebound and elderly members to significant places from their past that they wouldn’t normally be able to revisit.

Simon added: “We can take them to spaces that they wouldn’t easily be able to access, like the Coats Observatory in Paisley.

“We also intend to do some live streaming and hope to do that from the new High Street Museum store in Paisley, the Secret Collection, which is full of wonderful exhibits.

“So we will create content on multiple apps and then take that out to see what people think of it. I hope it will give them a sense of mobility and of being able to engage with the community and leaving behind the isolation they can feel.

“We’ve taken a film at the RSPB in Lochwinnoch and the members really enjoyed being able to see what was going outside of where they spend their days and being outside, hearing the sounds and seeing the birds.

“For us that’s a very every day thing, but for them it’s very special.”

Roar has 15 clubs and projects in a range of venues running throughout the week in Renfrewshire.

Roar’s Manager Nicola Hanssen said: “This is a very exciting project. Research has identified that two fifths of all older people say the television is their main company. As this is a very passive activity it doesn’t give people the cognitive stimulation or interactivity that contains health benefits. Our VR Over the Doorstep project will engage people in a new and more meaningful way, which will enrich their lives and their minds.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The UK City of Culture bid about bringing people together and opening up new experiences for people which is what this project does. That doesn’t stop just because we didn’t win the title and we will continue to open up the benefits of culture for all.”

For more information on the CHE Fund, which is still receiving funding applications for cultural events and projects, go

Paisley enjoyed a bumper shopping bonanza in the run up to Christmas thanks to town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and the WinterFest event.

Local businesses and town centre traders reported soaring sales and a massive spike in festive footfall.

Paisley’s increased profile due to the UK City of Culture 2021 bid and  a series of events including the Christmas Lights switch on and town’s first’s WinterFest , run by Paisley First,  were credited with enticing more people into the heart of the town.

The festival ran from November 24th for four weeks and included a Nutcracker Trail during the first two weeks of December

Peter Clark, Manager of the Paisley Centre said traders enjoyed a lucrative Christmas with customer footfall up by more than a third on last year’s figures.

He said: “For the same period last year we had approximately 65,000 customer visits per week but this year’s figures are showing more than 100,000, which is incredible and a huge increase.

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“We have been very busy and at weekends every seat in our food court was taken. More people are shopping locally.

“Paisley’s bid for City of Culture really heightened the town’s profile and I think local people also rediscovered their town centre.

“WinterFest has also brought a lot of people in. We had a message on our Facebook page from a visitor who had come here for that but said they didn’t realise they could also do all their Christmas shopping here and stayed.”

He said he expected the increased sales to continue into the New Year, with six new outlets poised to open within the Centre, which has 34 units trading not including the Paisley Market and a food court.

Peter Clark added: “There’s a great buzz about Paisley and it’s a changed place even since last year.”

Paisley First’s Chairman Ian Henderson said:  “There has been a real buzz about Paisley this year and this is in no small part due to some of the great events happening in the town centre as part of the Paisley  campaign for the UK City of Culture 2021.

“It’s important that we continue to showcase all that Paisley has to offer, and the Paisley First WinterFest has been a great example of that.

“Many retailers are reporting a significant increase in footfall and sales volumes, and it’s been great to see the town centre busy in the run up to Christmas, especially with families at weekends.”

Cheryl Wilson, owner of Home and gift store Eigen, said the store had been busier this year.

She said: “We’ve had more customers in and Paisley seems to be busier than usual. I can see a huge difference from when I came on board 18 months ago and I think more people are trying to shop locally.

“It won’t happen overnight but it’s certainly going in the right direction.”

Joe Bisland, co-owner of the White Cart Company, said: “We’ve been busy and the Nutcracker Trail brought lots of family in and we had people visiting the store who wouldn’t normally.

“We’ve had a lot of ladies buying for their friends and we do a range of traditional Christmas toys which sold well.

“As Christmas approached we got increasingly busier and we got a last minute rush when the panic set in the weekend before.”

Gavin Wilson, the owner of record store Feel the Groove, which opened its doors in November 2016, said that overall there has been a general good feeling throughout the town both for business owners and retailers and customers.

He added: “Our sales have been strong and we’ve seen people out with the area and even the UK come into the shop.

“The Christmas product that we sell looks like it’s up on last year in terms of new releases and new albums and present buying.  The whole bid has brought a stronger awareness to the people of Paisley and surrounding areas of the town centre.”

Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said:  “Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture created a lot of momentum and we aim to build on that.

“We are investing  £45.7 million in the town centre, with  £10m of that set aside for transport and public realm improvements to support its long-term regeneration.

“This means it will be even easier for people to get here, as well as making it a more attractive place to spend time.

“We are working towards turning our High Street into a cultural hub which will breathe new life into the town centre and bring in footfall to ensure that local traders will thrive.”

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The UK City of Culture bid put Paisley at the forefront of people’s minds and helped to reposition it on the local and UK stage as a good place to live, work and invest.

“The competition may be over, but work continues to create a new visitor economy based around Paisley’s unique heritage assets, creating jobs and footfall for local traders.”

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Residents and visitors are being urged to stay safe over the festive and New Year period by preparing for journeys in advance.

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Revellers are being asked to consider pre-booking their taxis to and from their night out and advised to only use licensed taxis and private hire vehicles to get home safely.

Councillor John McNaughtan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Board, is encouraging party-goers to look after their friends while out enjoying the festivities.

Councillor McNaughtan said: “During the festive season, people are out and about more often than at other times of the year which can lead to an increase in demand for taxis.

“It is important that people are safe when out enjoying themselves and pre-booking your taxi home can save you and your friends waiting about in the cold weather.

“We want everyone to enjoy their time visiting Renfrewshire so make sure you plan in advance and make sure everyone in your group gets home safe.”

Taxis for public hire in Renfrewshire are all white in colour, can be hailed in the street or pre booked, and rank at Glasgow Airport and Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

While private hire vehicles must be pre booked in advance through a private hire car company, of which there are several in Paisley, Johnstone, Linwood, Renfrew and Erskine.

All vehicles should have a Renfrewshire Council taxi or private hire plate on the front and rear of the vehicle and the driver should be displaying a badge within the vehicle, with private hire vehicles also having window stickers displaying the licence details on rear passenger windows.

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Hospitality Students Receive Standing Ovation from over 300 Guests!

Talented Hospitality students prepare 1200 canapés for the prestigious Scottish Chefs Conference 2017 and receive a standing ovation.

This year’s Scottish Chef’s Conference, which brings together chefs, college lecturers and students from all over Scotland and showcases demonstrations from Michelin starred chefs took place at the Hilton by Double Tree Hotel on Monday 6 November 2017.

At the evening reception, 300 guests including Chef Albert Roux and Master Chef winner Gary McLean, sat down to enjoy a five course gourmet dinner with champagne.

Fifteen of the Paisley campus hospitality students prepared, cooked and served a total of 1200 mouth-watering canapés within two hours! Yes, you read correctly 1200 canapés in two hours!

Christopher Watson, Curriculum Enhancement Lecturer for Hospitality at our Paisley campus said, ‘Part of the theatre’, when cooking the canapés, was that the students had to cook the them live in front of the guests.’

The canapé selection included: Seared Shetland scallop/Celeriac, crab & coconut slaw and a Mini venison slider with tomato chutney and a toasted brioche bun.

One of our students – Sagar Massey, who recently scooped the Paisley campus ‘Hospitality Student of the Year’ award entered a live audience salmon competition where he had to fillet, skin, portion and cook a side of salmon within a 15-minute deadline.

We are delighted to report that Sagar not only won the heats, but he was placed 2nd out of 10 different college entries.

Christopher added, ‘This was a very prestigious event as there were 300 chefs attending the dinner – so no pressure there. The students received fantastic feedback from the guests.’

Sagar commented, ‘I think we were all quite nervous as we’d never cooked for so many people before. It all went alright on the night though and it was a great experience.’

Jav Aziz, Executive Head Chef for Elior UK said, ‘The students worked very hard front of house and behind the scenes to produce tasty and well-presented canapés. The College must be very proud of its students and lecturers.’

After serving the canapés, five of the students were asked to stay behind to help out in the main kitchen with the 5 course gourmet dinner. They impressed the head chef so much with their enthusiasm and standard of work that he offered them all a job!!  In addition to this, one of our younger students was also offered a scholarship working with the Scottish Culinary Team, which will involve her travelling the world to compete in major cooking competitions. Next year alone the team will be travelling to London, Luxemburg and Kuala Lumpur.

All of the students who took part in the evening reception were invited on stage at the end of the event to receive a standing ovation from 300 happy customers.

Kathleen Monaghan from Inspire Catering commented, ‘The students did an amazing job and the canapés were fantastic! We are always on the lookout for talented chefs and there could be the possibility to open up some opportunities for the students.’

Well done to our Hospitality students!

If you’d like to get into Hospitality, we have several access courses starting in January across our three campuses. Click here to browse and apply.

Paisley Pirates supporters are well used to seeing youngsters circle the ice before each home game, but prior to their match against Dundee Comets just before Christmas, one extraordinary skater brought special smiles to their faces, and set the tone for what turned out to be one of the best matches seen at Braehead Arena this season, as the Pirates and Comets fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

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Pirates secretary Jackie Turley explained, “We don’t have our own junior teams because of the unavailability of suitable ice time for the kids, but we have an arrangement with Lanarkshire Lightning, the nearest junior ice hockey club, whereby they send along two of their players from their various squads to act as mascots for us, and lead the Pirates onto the ice before doing a lap of the ice. The crowd loves to see the kids, it puts a smile on their faces, and it gives a big thrill to the kids who get the chance to skate in front of several hundred spectators, usually including very proud parents and other relatives. Our ace photographer Al Goold also captures them on camera so all in all it’s quite a memorable night for the kids, and the supporters love it.”


“In the halcyon days at the Lagoon, there were about 150 kids from a very young age, up to maybe 19, playing for the various under age teams in Paisley, and while that’s not possible at the present time, we want to be able to form partnerships with other clubs which help encourage youngsters to take up the sport, and we know from experience that there are a number of kindred spirits in this respect within Lanarkshire Lightning.”


She went on, “At the Dundee match, we had 4 year old Eilidh McGuire out with one of the Pirates’ flags and leading the team out and she really took a trick with the larger than usual crowd we had in. She was hardly the height of nonsense, and when she skated her wee legs were going like pistons as she went round the Arena, but boy, the crowd took to her big time and she got a huge cheer when she came off the ice with her team mate Rory Somerville.”


“Lanarkshire Lightning have amongst their coaching staff current and former Pirates in the persons of Warren Crawford, Colin McMillan and Robert Henderson, and we’re absolutely delighted to have an arrangement with the club that allows us to encourage supporters to take an interest in junior ice hockey, while giving youngsters the comparative thrill of skating in front of probably the biggest crowd they will get the chance of skating in front of at their tender age.. We might not get the same thrill out of it as the kids obviously do, but we’re certainly pleased to give the kids a thrill that they maybe won’t get for a few years to come.”


“Maybe someday a match between the Lightning and Paisley Pirates juniors will become a reality, but in the meantime we’ll be more than happy to keep working with the Lightning to give these young kids an experience they’ll remember for a long time.”

Living the high life just got even better for residents of Johnstone’s Provost Close multi-storey flats.

Work has been completed in time for Christmas on a magic makeover to create a welcoming entrance area.

The upgrade to the 13-storey building includes a brand new extension, with a state-of-the-art buzzer operated entry system and automatic door.

Stylish wall and floor tiles and energy efficient sensor-activated lighting create a warm and safe feel in the foyer.

And a new brick finish to the external walls together with freshly painted fencing and shutters means residents have an arrival area to be proud of.

Eleventh floor resident Bob Duffy is a member of the Tenants and Residents Association and hailed the positive impact of the improvement works.

He said: “The biggest thing for me has been how the change in appearance of the building has changed the attitudes of local people towards the people who live here. The entrance area had looked a bit tired; now the modernisation means the public look at the building differently.

“The foyer lighting is great and makes the place feel a lot safer. All in all it is a very warm and welcoming environment and really looks the part.”

Ann MacNeill is Provost Close’ oldest resident having moved into the top floor flat when the building opened in 1976.

She said: “I have loved every minute here and have never wanted to move as the location is perfect for me. I feel safe here and am really impressed with the works to the foyer.

“I have such a wonderful view, especially on a crisp sunny morning. I remember when my mum came to visit not long after I moved in, she looked out the window to see a plane taking off and she turned to me and said she could see the pilot changing his socks.”

Provost Close has received the most significant improvements of the £270,000 works, with enhancements also carried out to the foyer areas at Paisley’s Gleniffer, Maxwellton and Nethercraigs multi-storey buildings.

All four buildings, together with George Court, are in line to receive further investment with a new energy efficient insulation system being installed through a phased programme.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board said: “Provost Close is looking great and the new look foyer ensures the building offers a warm, welcoming and safe environment for its residents and visitors.

“It was great to hear how much residents like Bob and Ann really enjoy living here and we will continue to invest in improvements to properties and in new affordable housing to ensure Renfrewshire is an attractive place where people want to live.”

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Pirates served up the proverbial Christmas cracker with a highly entertaining match against their Tayside rivals which saw the goals, and honours, shared after an encounter which could have gone either way right up until the final hooter.

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The home side got off to a wonderful start and were two goals up after only three minutes, as Walker fired past Michie to open the scoring, then only twenty seconds later set up team mate Dobson to double the advantage. The smooth skating visitors began to find their feet and got back into the game only three minutes later as arch nemesis John Dolan pulled his side to within a goal with a snap shot. In spite of the remainder of the period being goalless, both keepers were called into action on numerous occasions, Pirates coming closest to regaining their two goal lead near the end of the session when a Henderson shot rebounded off a post, but they nevertheless went into the first interval with a 2-1 advantage.


Both teams continued to go for the jugular in the second session and as the penalty count mounted either side had periods on the ascendancy when they were at a numerical advantage. Pirates thought they would enjoy five minutes of superior numbers when Comets’ Phillips was thrown out for spearing after 26 minutes, but they immediately incurred referee  Allsopp‘s wrath several times over and were actually shorthanded for almost the full five minutes. It was something of a surprise that there was only one goal scored in the period, when Dundee’s import Beca rounded off a smart move to tie the scores at 2-2, and while Pirates did strike a post for a second time, they were unable to find a way past Michie, thus setting the game up nicely for a nailbiting final 20 minutes.


The final session was similar to the preceding two sessions with both teams going for the go ahead goal, and it came after 45 minutes when player/coach Adam Walker scored his second goal of the night on the powerplay to put the home side ahead again. Their lead only lasted three minutes, however, as with Comets now having a numerical advantage McNicol smashed an unsaveable blue liner past Russell to tie the scores again. Pirates responded immediately and Walker was denied his hat trick by the width of the post within seconds, but with both netmnders pulling out all the stops in the last ten minutes the score remained at 3-3 until the end of play..


Pirates will be well pleased with the way their young side stood up to a vastly more experienced Comets team and showed they could compete with the best in the Scottish National League. They now travel to Kirkcaldy this coming Saturday for another difficult contest, before returning to Braehead on SATURDAY January 6 to cross swords with Aberdeen Lynx, face off being at the slightly earlier time of 5.00pm.