YOUNGSTERS can get into the spirit of Halloween with some fun events during the school holiday this week.

A Witch’s Garden has been set up in Soar at intu Braehead with all sorts of spellbinding fun for children. They can play around a witch’s hut, a cauldron that can be used for making spells and spot black cats hiding in the garden.


There’s also some sorcery going on with arts and crafts, face painting and broomstick racing for youngsters.

The free Witch’s Garden event is on every day until Sunday, October 21 with a face painter there on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16 and 17 and Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. And the broomstick races also take place this Saturday and Sunday.

A free Halloween Forest play area has been set up in the central atrium of the intu Braehead shopping centre, until Thursday, October 18. Youngsters can have a spooky adventure with giant mushrooms, pumpkins among the trees and a face painter on hand on Monday, October 15.

David Lyon, marketing manager for intu Braehead said: “There’s lots of fun for all the family in our Witch’s Garden and Halloween Forest.

“It’s a great way for everyone to get ready for Halloween. And since there is no charge for a ticket, you could say it’s a real free-ky Halloween event!”

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Irresistible force meets immovable object this Sunday evening at Braehead Arena as Paisley Pirates play their first match on home ice against North Ayrshire Wild in the Stuart Robertson Cup, following two away wins at Kilmarnock and Solway. Both clubs are unbeaten in the competition so far, and with only the top team from each group qualifying for the two legged final, a tight match is expected in a contest which faces off at 5.00pm, the new regular start time for Pirates’ Sunday home matches.

The home side has a more cosmopolitan look to it this season, as in addition to having most of last year’s side back on the bench, Pirates have also signed Austrian Felix Huber and Finnish forward Sami Harju. Both sides have former players from their opponents in their ranks, so the fixture is sure to have its usual degree of needle as the teams go for the bragging rights associated with local derbies such as this one.

Head of Off Ice Operations Jackie Turley commented, “We’ve been waiting a long time for our first match at home and I know our fans are keenly awaiting this Sunday to come round, particularly to get a look at our continental players who are allowed to play now after a change in the rules. It will be the first time for a number of years that players from other countries will have been seen in a Pirates jersey, so we know that this will raise interest locally. The Wild have made a good start to their season as well so we expect there will be a fair old atmosphere if their support turns out in numbers.”

She went on,” We’ve attracted a few more companies to the club as sponsors this year and we’ve also introduced an opportunity for fans to get involved by giving them the opportunity to sponsor the match puck for the first time. This week it is long time supporter Bill Elliot from Houston, and we hope other supporters will take the opportunity to support the club financially without breaking the bank in the process. Anyone interested can speak to me at any game or email the club at paisleypirates@gmail.com for more details.”

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Paisley Pirates continue to add to their impressive list of local sponsors, following on from the news that Abbey Services, based in Underwood Road, Paisley, have returned to support the club for another season The company provides a full range of building services ranging from the provision of CCTV, roofing, alarms to all forms of building maintenance and extensions.


“We regard ourselves as a local business working in the local community, and we like to give back something in that respect, by investing in it,” explained Derek Ross, for Abbey Services. “The link to the Paisley Pirates, a club which is very much a community organisation, seemed to us to be a natural tie up to enter into, and we’re very pleased with the response we’ve had since we began our partnership with the Pirates. It’s very satisfying to see a club that we support doing so well, and we hope the association continues to bring success to both parties.”

Jackie Turley, Head of Off Ice Operations for the club, commented, “It’s always very pleasing when a company returns to support us after the first season, as it indicates that we must be doing something right, and that they’re quite happy with what they’re receiving from the Paisley Pirates in return for their support. More and more companies are beginning to come on board the Pirates’ ship and it’s absolutely vital that they do, as the cost of running an ice hockey club increases with each passing season. We work very hard to attract sponsors, and we keep working very hard to keep them, because every single one of them is crucial to the continued survival of the club in the ice. We’re very grateful to Abbey Services and, indeed, all of our sponsors for their continued support.”

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It’s game on for some vintage arcade fun in Soar at intu Braehead all this week.

The leisure destination is staging a Retro Gaming event and fans can go back in time to play more than 20 classic arcade machines, 15 consoles and PS4 VR rigs.

But gaming enthusiasts can also play the latest video game craze with a Fortnite arcade machine being installed.

The Retro Gaming event runs every day until Friday, October 12 from 4pm with the final two-hour session starting at 8pm. Tickets costing only £5 need to be booked in advance from the www.soar.intu.co.uk website.

The type of arcade games people can play include Joust, Black Tiger, Pac Man, Star Wars, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ninja Turtles with many more available.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “This is real back to the future entertainment and a great fun event for all ages.

“We’ve an amazing array of retro games to suit all ages and abilities.

“We’re expecting lots of people to come along to find out if they’ve still got the skills to master these classic arcade video games.”

Paisley Pirates have their first home game at Braehead Arena on Sunday 14 October when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a top of the table Stuart Robertson Cup sectional match (face off 5.00pm)

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Paisley Pirates have added to their ever growing portfolio of sponsors, with the news that Custom Sport Stitch, a local company based in East Kilbride, has joined forces with one of Scotland’s premier amateur ice hockey clubs.

Lesley Balmer, owner of the company, commented, “I’m delighted to be coming on board with the Pirates. Jackie (Turley) first got in touch with me last year and I did some embroidery on the jerseys for the club. She spoke to me again during the close season and as I always like to give back a little to customers it seemed a natural progression for my company to become directly involved with the Pirates through this sponsorship deal.”

“I’ve been an ice hockey fan since the days of the Ayr Eagles and I’ve done a bit of work for various clubs up and down the country. We specialize in customizing/embroidering any kind of top(s) from one offs to team uniforms, and we do get orders from ice hockey clubs for items like name bars which we are able to turn round very quickly. I’m hoping to get along and see the Pirates in action as often as possible this year, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.”


Jackie Turley, Head of Off-Ice Operations for the club, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Lesley and Custom Sports Stitch into the Pirates’ family and we’re sure we’ll have a long and happy relationship together. As she says, we first went to her last year for some embroidery work and the results were absolutely first class. It was a no-brainer to go back to her this year as the type of service she offers is unique, professional and very speedy. Her company logo will be displayed on the team’s short covers and Lesley will be only too happy to discuss your individual needs with her. You can reach her at customsportstitch.com.”

As Renfrewshire’s gritters start their engines ahead of the winter period, they’re set for brand-new names as part of the annual #RenReady campaign.

A chance to celebrate Renfrewshire’s people and places, the #NameOurGritters competition will name the nine gritters which Renfrewshire Council operates throughout the winter period.

When bad weather strikes, gritter drivers, carers, housing repairs and community meals teams are just a few of the heroes who keep services operating and ensure people are cared for even in the most difficult of conditions.

The competition embraces this theme and asks communities to nominate their Renfrewshire heroes, past and present, who they feel deserve to be on one of the vehicles keeping the area safe this winter.

It also recognises the places that make Renfrewshire a great place to live, work and visit and gives the community the chance to showcase them as part of the winter campaign.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The Beast from the East last year showed the worst of the weather but during that time when many people were housebound, our teams were out working to get Renfrewshire moving and care for those in need.

“I’m sure there will be plenty of pun-led suggestions which come in, such as Paisley’s own Paolo Grittini, but the serious message behind the competition is to recognise the work that our staff do which often goes unnoticed.

“Thank you to all our staff who work on a 24/7 schedule over the winter period, often through the night. While it may not be your name on the winning gritters, you’re very much the reason behind the ones that are.

“So get your thinking caps on, submit your suggestions and keep your eyes peeled for the final vote to pick the winners.”

The suggestion period will begin on Wednesday 3 October and will run until Sunday 14 October, before the names are whittled down by a judging panel including a gritter driver, Care at Home worker and a member of the local community.

The finalists will be split into groups and the community will be invited to vote on their winners through the council’s Twitter page @RenCouncilNews.

Suggestions should have a clear link to the area and provide a strong reason for being one of the chosen winners.

Puns are welcome but while Sir Andy Flurry may win in Stirling, he would get knocked out in the first round in Renfrewshire.

For more information on the competition and how to stay safe this winter, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/nameourgritters.

– 50-foot ‘sun’ to shine at intu Braehead to continue summer –

– 90 per cent of Scots feel happier when it’s sunny –


Britain’s joint hottest summer on record may now have passed, but a giant 50-foot artificial sun is being installed at intu Braehead on Friday 5 October in a bid to extend the summer and make people happier.

The glowing, bright orange sphere which took 12 weeks to build, has a 15-metre circumference and shines as brightly as 12,000 lightbulbs. Its installation follows intu’s happiness survey, which reveals that 90 per cent of Scots feel happier when it’s sunny.  

The artificial sun has been modelled on a photograph captured by NASA and will be shining at intu Braehead’s central atrium for a day as part of a tour of 11 intu centres across the country with the shopping centre owner pledging to make shoppers smile. There will be a special ‘Sunny Spot’ at intu Braehead where people can sit back on deck chairs and bathe in the sun with ice creams and mocktails being handed out to lucky shoppers.

According to the intu Happiness Survey, two in five people in Scotland (41 per cent) say 2018 has been their happiest summer in memory despite the economic uncertainty, with a 42 per cent crediting the sunshine for their increased happiness levels.  

The research from intu also revealed that over two-thirds of people living in the UK (69 per cent) feel happier in the summer than they do in the winter, with sunshine (27 per cent), longer days (24 per cent), summer holidays (16 per cent) and more outdoor activity (15 per cent) the top reasons given. 80 per cent say the much needed summer rays also make them feel healthier.  


David Lyon, intu Braehead’s marketing manager said: “The weather forecast this week at intu Braehead is guaranteed to be ‘sunny’ so shoppers are encouraged to take a pair of sunglasses with them when they visit! We know that people feel happier when it’s sunny and after a glorious summer we wanted to extend the sunshine and create something sunny for our shoppers. At intu Braehead we have something for everyone, so whether you’re on a shopping spree or just want to sit back and enjoy the sun, we have you covered.”


The 50-foot, artificial ‘sun’ will be visiting 11 intu shopping entres around the country including intu Trafford Centre, intu Lakeside and intu Metrocentre from 19 September to 8 October. For more information on when it will shining in your local centre follow #intuSun on Twitter. intu owns some of the UK’s largest and most popular retail destinations in the country including centres in Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.



19-20 Sept: intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

22 Sept: intu Metrocentre, Gateshead

24 Sept: intu Derby, Derby

25 Sept: intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham

26 Sept: intu Potteries, Stoke

27-28 Sept: intu Merry Hill, West Midlands

29-30 Sept: intu Lakeside, Essex

1 Oct: intu Chapelfield, Norwich

2 Oct: intu Milton Keynes

3 Oct: intu Watford

5 Oct: intu Braehead

8 Oct: intu Eldon Square

HUNDREDS of youngsters and their families came together to take part in a mass Baby Shark Dance for charity in the middle of a giant shopping mall.

The catchy song and dance routine – which has more than 1.6 BILLION views on YouTube – was played several times on a giant screen at the intu Braehead shopping centre.

And the crowds created an amazing spectacle as they went through the Baby Shark Dance routine led by dance instructor Rachael Keiller.

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – had teamed up with intu Braehead to hold the giant fundraising event which saw some youngsters dressed in shark costumes.

The Baby Shark song and dance video about a family of sharks was created by the Korean children’s educational YouTube channel, Pinkfong and it has become a global phenomenon.

Groups and individuals have also been filming themselves doing the dance and posting on social media.

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said:

“The amount of people who turned up to do the Baby Shark Dance was amazing.

“We always like to give our visitors something different and this was certainly the case here.

“Kids and adults alike had great fun – or since we’re taking about sharks, should that be fin?

“All these people doing the Baby Shark Dance routine in our central atrium really were a sight to behold.”