A unique event staged by intu Braehead shopping centre that allowed youngsters to find out what it was like to be an adult for a day has won a top national award.

The free Mini City activities event staged at the centre has won a prestigious Purple Apple Award for an event in the 2018 retail marketing Oscars.

The Mini City activities allowed four to 12 year olds to become adults and perform tasks from daily life in an environment adapted to their size.

Youngsters got hands-on experience of becoming a police officer, building worker, doctor, or working in a restaurant and supermarket.

Staff organised interactive role-play for youngsters, giving them an amazing insight into adulthood. Everyone taking part was given a Mini City clock-in card and ‘employees’ who visit every workstation were rewarded for their hard work.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We realised youngsters like role-playing especially when they can act like grown-ups, so we created various real-life scenarios for them to experience.

“The team here at intu Braehead are always looking at new and innovative ways of engaging with young people and families and we aim to put a smile on the faces of everyone who visits us.

The Mini City was one of the most popular events we’ve had in the centre and we’re chuffed to bits that intu Braehead has been recognised by the Purple Apple Awards for creating such a compelling experience.”

Its the eagerly awaited get together that Paisley Pirates fans always look forward to and once again Priorscroft Bowling Club, a stones throw from the Pirates former home rink at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley was the venue.

A mixture of players, back room staff, match night volunteers and fans gathered to pay homage to all those that helped contribute to campaign that saw the reigning SNL Champions miss out on regaining their title, agonisingly so, on goal difference. They were also narrowly defeated in the Scottish Cup Final as well as being end of season play off semi finalists. Pirates coach Ian Turley was far from downbeat about his teams fine season and time and again during the evenings proceedings gave great credit to his young teams efforts. He said:

“My fellow coach Adam Walker and I were under no illusions that we were very much involved in a transitional season. A rebuilding period, if you like. We lost quite a few of last seasons roster for one reason and another and with a limited pool of players to choose from, we went about shaping a squad that would buy into the Paisley Pirates way. We wanted players that were going to commit to our training regime, that were willing to listen and learn and wanted to win. We weren’t setting unattainable targets but we did expect our players to have a pride in their performance, week in week out”

Coach Turley went on:

“At the Paisley Pirates we pride ourselves, while being an amateur club, in running our operation on as professional a basis as possible. There are aspects to our operation that  many of our rivals do not have. From our ticketing staff, stewards, tuck shop and first aiders, to our off ice crew of goal judges, penalty bench staff, score sheet and time keepers and our match night announcer, its an operation we pride ourselves in. We also with the help of our videographer George Monaghan have unrivalled match footage as well as post match interviews which are often as not online via PiratesTV on You Tube within a couple of hours of the match ending. All these things we hope, go some way to attracting new players and new fans. They see what is on offer and like what they see. As for the season just past, Adam and I have been delighted with what we have achieved. To have come so close in the chase for the league title and to lose out on goal difference, while hard to take, has exceeded our expectations. We saw the disappointment on our players faces after the 6-6 draw with Dundee Comets but that speaks volumes for our players attitude as much as anything.  We want the boys to go away this summer, enjoy their break and come back with the will and desire to do even better”

Pirates management while acknowledging their players efforts also wanted the chance to thank their army of volunteers for their contributions to the season. Before the players awards were announced, each individual volunteer was presented with a memento by way of a thank you from the club. To a man, woman and child, the volunteers were clearly delighted with the clubs acknowledgement of their efforts. And so it was onto the main business of the night….

It was down to Marie Cadenhead of the supporters club to kick things off with the Jim Liddell Supporters Club Player of the Year award. Up stepped the tallest man in the room, Richard Thorp to collect that particular award to loud applause from his teammates and his many fans. Clearly a popular choice.

It was then Coach Ian Turley’s turn to take over the microphone. After presenting each and every player with an award for their season-long efforts, he then went on to announce the 5 remaining categories. In no particular order they were:


Players player of the year: Michael Dobson

MVP for the season: Martyn Guy

Most improved player: Ryan Sarginson

Award for effort and attitude: Dean Hamilton

Difference maker: Captain Christopher Turley

There was also a special award for “volunteer of the season” which went to Pirates official videographer George Monaghan. An award, it must be said, which was very popular amongst all those present.

Lastly, it was also time to acknowledge the eight year contribution to the Pirates cause by the retiring Calum Blair who was leaving to train as an airline pilot. With his proud parents looking on, he was presented with a framed collage of photos from his time as a Pirate as well as a game jersey to keep. As the likeable big lad stood up to make a speech a few fans started to sing the theme from the “Dambusters” Clearly some of the older Pirates fans had come out for the night….

As always, finally, all that was left was for the players to pose for photos, sign jerseys and photos  and talk at length to their many many admirers. Something that has become a well known trait of every player in the Pirates organisation down the years. The management and coaches didn’t have to cajole the players into doing it. Clearly these young men look upon it as a pleasure and one small way to repay the faith shown in Captain Chris Turley and his team mates by their adoring fans. Season 2018/19? Bring it on…….


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SHOPPERS are being invited to find out about the latest plans for new stores in the Retail Park at intu Braehead.

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A public consultation event is being held in the central atrium of the intu Braehead shopping centre on Friday, May 11 between 1pm and 8pm and the following day between 10am and 2pm.

A proposal of application notice has been lodged with Renfrewshire Council and intu Braehead’s public consultation is part of the process to gain planning permission to build four new units at the retail park.
If the proposals were given the go-ahead, around 60 new permanent jobs would be created with almost 50 of these for staff working in the new stores, the others in businesses that support the retailers, along with 80 construction jobs.

The proposed new units, covering a total of 4,202 square metres of floorspace in the retail park, would be built next to McDonald’s restaurant. But intu is willing to forego the 3358 square metres of retail floorspace the council has previously granted permission for at the retail park. This means that only 844 square metres of extra floorspace is being proposed when the planning permission already granted is taken into account.

Peter Beagley, regional centre director at intu Braehead said: “Our application is in line with the council’s own Local Plan, which promotes the intu Braehead retail park as a place where developments like this should be sited. Our proposals are also in accordance with the wider Strategic Development Plan.

“We hope people will come along to our exhibition stands where we will be on hand to explain our proposals, that importantly will bring new jobs and give shoppers more choice.”

RENFREWSHIRE will get a jobs boost if plans for new shop units at intu Braehead’s retail park get the go-ahead.

Around 60 new jobs would be created with almost 50 of these for staff working in the new stores, the others in businesses that support the retailers, along with 80 construction jobs.

A proposal of application notice has been lodged with Renfrewshire Council by intu Braehead, who will now carry out a public consultation on the plan.

The proposal is to build four new units, covering a total of 4,202 square metres of floorspace in the retail park, next to the McDonald’s restaurant. The scheme would bring new retailers into the area.

This is the second application for new units at the retail park. The previous application had been recommended for approval by council planning officials, but the planning board refused permission.

However, Peter Beagley, regional centre director at intu Braehead said: “If the proposals are approved, we are committing to not implementing planning permissions previously granted at the retail park for around 3,358 square metres of floorspace, as we wish to focus retailers into the new development.

“The amount of floorspace that we are now proposing, compared to that which we will forego is only 844 square metres more.

“Our application is in line with the council’s own Local Plan, which promotes the intu Braehead retail park as a place where developments like this should be sited. Our proposals are also in accordance with the wider Strategic Development Plan.

“We’ve listened to the concerns with the previous application and believe our new application addresses those concerns. We have made the overall scheme smaller, but at the same time managed to increase the size of the smallest unit.”

Peter continued: “There are major benefits to Renfrewshire and the local economy with the jobs being created.”

“We estimate that the proposed jobs would generate an extra £890,000 in wages each year, which people can spend in shops and businesses in the local towns, villages and communities where they live around Renfrewshire.

“And with this new space, new retailers will be attracted to Renfrewshire, it brings more shopping choice to the people living here.”

SHOPPERS are being let into the secret of how to be the height of fashion this summer.

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They’re being invited backstage to the free Spring and Summer Fashion event being held at intu Braehead shopping centre, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 4 to 6 between noon and 5pm. Clyde 1 presenter Cassi will be hosting the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Fashion and beauty experts will be on hand to reveal the latest spring and summer trends with workshops featuring fashion, beauty, fitness, well-being and homeware.

A backstage theatre-style set has been created in the central atrium with a fashion model on hand to show off the best of the new summer outfits.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “When summer comes along it’s a great chance to bring some sunshine and colour into your wardrobe.

“Our fashion event is an ideal opportunity to find out the latest tends and what everyone will be wearing this summer.”

Dog owners descended on Robertson Park in Renfrew at the weekend to show their support for Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign and its aim to rid the area of dog fouling.

More than 50 people brought along their pride and joy to take part in the event which saw a mass dog walk take place to promote responsible dog ownership.

Renfrew Council Responsible Dog Owners Event at Robertson Park 8.4.18

Local organisation, the Phoenix Flyers, put on a fantastic display of dog agility which saw pets fly through tunnels, up and down see-saws and over jumps as our four-legged friends showcased their talents.

Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to sign up to Renfrewshire’s Responsible Dog Ownership pledge which outlines their commitment to looking after their pet and taking responsibility for everything that comes with being an owner.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I was delighted to see such a fantastic turnout as people put their support behind our Team Up to Clean Up campaign and denounce their fellow dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets.

“We are working hard to remove dog fouling from our streets to ensure they are cleaner, more attractive areas to live and it is so important that people recognise that it is their responsibility to carry a bag with them and be ready to pick up after their dog.

“Events like this aim to show that it is a minority of dog owners in Renfrewshire that are irresponsible and we are striving to change their behaviour and make a real difference to our local environment.”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are also being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.

The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware of the potential £80 fine should they be caught.

To sign up to the pledge, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/responsibledogowner.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup

This Spring, LEGO Friends invites children and their families to join them on the House of Heart Tour,
which will be travelling to 8 intu shopping centres across the UK in a quest to put more heart into the

The FREE event which runs over select weekends from Saturday 24 th March – Saturday 12 th May
offers families the opportunity to take part in a series of fun missions inspired by the LEGO Friends.

EVENT INFORMATION – LEGO Friends House of Heart Tour
Location: intu Braehead central atrium
Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 09:30-18:30
Cost: FREE
Reminiscent of the LEGO Friends of Heartlake City, the LEGO Friends Heart Squad will be creating
inspirational content to inspire and encourage girls and boys to connect with each other and build
together in a series of missions that help add ‘more heart’ to the world.

Nickelodeon UK and intu Braehead team up to slime youngsters

DOZENS of lucky children got the chance to be drenched in slime at intu Braehead yesterday after the shopping centre teamed up with kids brand, Nickelodeon for a spectacular Slime Time event.  

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Hundreds of shoppers turned up to see the specially created ‘slime-ulator’, which is touring 13 intu shopping destinations the mall.

The free event also gave children the chance to doodle on a giant slime colouring wall, capture and share photos in a slime photo booth and customise their own slime.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “It was brilliant to see so many smiling faces in amongst all the slime at our fun, free and very messy experience.”

Orla Livingston, aged nine, from Renfrew was one of the first youngsters to be slimed. She said: “I was really excited waiting for the slime to drop on my head. I wasn’t expecting it to happen so quickly, but when it did drop it was really cold. It was great fun and I’d love to be able to do it again.

Daniel Franchi, aged ten, from Paisley was also slimed. He said: “I was just standing there and the slime came down so quickly. It felt really cold as it dripped all over me.”

Even though intu’s Slime Time is now over, parents still have the chance to win a VIP family ticket to Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST 2018 when it takes place later this year by visiting intu.co.uk/easter.

The event follows the success of previous years’ collaborations between Nickelodeon and intu which has seen the popular retail destination host experiences featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall.

Pirates are through to the Play Off Finals in Fife, after recovering from a 1 goal deficit in Elgin on Saturday 31st March in the 1st leg of the quarter finals.  Pirates 2ndleg ‘HOME’ game the following day was played in Dundee due to an ice plant failure in the Braehead Arena.

Paisley Pirates defeat the Moray Typhoons 12-1 (13-3 on aggregate) in the 2nd “home” leg of the play off quarter finals and progress to the POFW. The game was played at Dundee Ice Arena due to ice plant problems at Braehead. on 1 April , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Pirates defeated the Typhoons 12-1 (13-1 on aggregate) and now face Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday 7th April in the semi final at 7.30pm

Post match interviews from Pirates v Moray Typhoons Sunday 1st April  2018, courtesy of George M Monaghan


FAMILIES will have an a-maze-ing time at an attraction set up in Soar at intu Braehead for the Spring school holidays.

A garden maze has been created inside the giant leisure attraction for kids to explore.
They can also solve a word puzzle on their way round, which reveals the secret password, with a prize every day for one winner.

The hedging around the 13 metres by eight metres maze is 1.2 metres high and it’s free for everyone to go into. It will be open in Soar each day between noon and 4pm from now until April 15.

There are also free colouring and arts and crafts activities for the youngsters to enjoy.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “It’ll be great fun for youngsters and their families to make their way through the twists and turns of the maze to see who completes it first.”