The Hollywood star of the Highlander movies, actor Christopher Lambert on Saturday revealed he feels like an adopted Scot.

Lambert was at the Glasgow Film and Comic Con event held at intu Brahead where he met fans, posed for photographs and signed autographs.

He said: “After appearing in Highlander with Sean Connery I feel like an adopted Scot. I just love coming to Scotland and it’s great to be back.

“When we were on set, Sean would talk about Scotland all the time and he even taught me how to speak like a real Scot.”

The Film and Comic Con event at intu Braehead attracted thousands of people from all over the country.

And there were even a few visitors from a galaxy far, far away!

Shoppers must have thought they had walked through the doors of the popular shopping centre straight on to the set of a sci-fi movie.

They were met with the sight of characters from all kinds of films, TV shows and comics having a look round the shops.

More than 5000 visitors are expected to turn out for the Film and Comic Con Glasgow event being held in The Arena at intu Braehead, over the weekend.

Many fans were dressed in the costumes of their favourite sci-fi characters and they certainly caught the attention of shoppers in and around the malls.

They also flocked to hundreds of stalls set up in The Arena to snap up movie memorabilia and sought-after rare comics.

The event continues today (Sunday) and marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We welcome everyone to intu Braehead – even Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers.

“We look forward to the Film and Comic Con event coming to intu Braehead every year, as it makes for a fantastic spectacle with the fans dressed in amazing costumes.

“You just never know who you’re going to bump into when you’re out in the malls.”

The Old Firm fans Billy and Tim are back with the hilarious new sequel, Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim 2, written by the award winning Des Dillon.

The show is coming to Johnstone Town Hall on Friday 27 September at 7.30pm. Log on to www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com to buy tickets.

Scotland’s most lovable rival football fans make a bet that backfires in spectacular fashion during the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park. Throw in a wee Gallus ghost on a mission from God and Polish nurse with a short fuse and watch the comedy unfold.

This will be the first ever national tour for the production, having only ever been shown once previously at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. The tour is not only being produced and directed by Chris Taylor but he will also be taking on the role of Tim once again.

Chris says “It’s been a pretty manic few months but I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve got so much faith in Des’s script it helps ease a lot of the pressure. Also, we have a really strong cast with Gary Morrison as Billy, Neil Bratchpiece (The Bam Whisperer/Scot Squad) as the ghost, and the fantastic Zofia Sokolowicz as the nurse. In fact, Zofia is flying all the way from Poland just to play the role.

“I’m really looking forward working with them all and getting this great show out to the masses across the country.  It’s selling really well already and we have been constantly adding more shows, so it’s great to see the love for Billy and Tim is still there.

“And I can say with confidence that if you liked the original then you will be in bits at this one. It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever been involved in”.

Chris and the team will be performing at 16 venues across the country during September.

 

SCOTLAND’S first café inside a Primark store has opened at intu Braehead shopping centre.

Shoppers can now buy a cappuccino along with their chinos, a latte with their T-shirt or a bite of pitta pizza with their newly-purchased polo shirt.

The Primarket Café is serving all kinds of coffee and cold drinks along with toasties, paninis, pitta pizzas, waffles, cakes and other sweet treats to sit in the café’s comfortable surroundings or to take away.

Primark is also making sure their café is environmentally friendly by using takeaway cups that are 100 per cent compostable and if customers bring their own takeaway cup, they’ll get ten pence off the cost of the drink.

The coffee is sourced directly from smaller coffee bean farmers around the world paying a fair price to cover all production costs and making sure the quality of the coffee is high.

And in a bid to cut back on the amount of plastics being discarded, the Primarket Café allows customers to refill their water bottles for free.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “The new Primarket Café within the Primark store at intu Braehead is the first of its kind in Scotland.

“It’s a great idea to give shoppers a place to have a coffee and a chat with friends inside one of our most popular stores.

“You can’t beat a refreshing cup of tea or coffee after a shopping session!”

C-Jay Dickson, aged three, from Renfrew meets Marshall from Paw Patrol

MORE than a thousand youngsters turned up at the intu Braehead shopping centre yesterday (Saturday) to meet their TV cartoon heroes.

All 600 tickets that each admitted two children and an adult to the meet and greet event with Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall were snapped up in just three hours.

C-Jay Dickson, aged three, from Renfrew meets Marshall from Paw Patrol

And the lucky youngsters with tickets were shown how to move like their favourite characters by taking part in Pup-Pup Boogie dance masterclasses.

The fun PAW Patrol experience is visiting the shopping centre as part of a tour of intu destinations across the UK.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “You could see how excited the kids were to meet the Chase and Marshall cartoon characters.

“We had an incredible response when we announced the event was taking place.

C-Jay Dickson, aged three, from Renfrew meets Marshall from Paw Patrol

“The characters were at intu Braehead throughout the day and although we had 600 tickets snapped up very quickly, many other familiies came along so their children could catch a glimpse of the Paw Patrol heroes.”

paisley pirates

Reigning SNL Playoff champions Paisley Pirates have commenced the assembly of their  squad for the new season by announcing the return of influential player/coach Adam Walker.

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This will be his third season as a Pirate and brings a wealth of experience to the Paisley side having played at the top level for a number of clubs including Fife, Guildford, Cardiff, Manchester, Braehead/Glasgow and Telford. He then took over coaching duties with Dundee Comets and was then recruited for the Pirates two years later

The Fifer, who ironically made his professional debut as a 14 year old against Paisley Pirates some years ago, said, “I’m more than happy to be part of the Pirates organisation. Before I joined, they always looked a well run club which does things the right way, and that feeling was confirmed when I came on board. We’ve got better year on year, have a fantastic history and always strive to put a very competitive side on the ice. I’m happy to play my part in their success story, and while I certainly enjoy the coaching side of my role more than the playing, I still  get a lot of pleasure from the latter, and I’m happy to continue doing so for as long as it’s necessary.”

Head Coach Ian Turley commented, “Adam is a key member of the bench and is extremely  influential for both the experienced and young players we have at the club. As a coach, he brings a lot of new ideas to the table, and on the ice the players look up to him.”

 

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Doors Open Days 2019

From medieval underground structures and buildings steeped in history, to allotments, fire stations and music schools, there will be plenty to celebrate about Renfrewshire at Doors Open Days (link is to 2012 photos enjoy) 2019.

Doors Open Days 2019

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, venues all over Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

This year in Renfrewshire, more than 50 venues will welcome people of all ages across the weekend.

Many of the old Doors Open Days favourites – including Sma’ Shot Cottages and Paisley Abbey – are getting involved again this year, and a few new venues have stepped up to share their stories.

There will also be the opportunity to see inside Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Look out for more detail on that in the coming weeks.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron is encouraging people of all ages to get involved across the weekend.

Doors Open Days Lamont Farm

Provost Cameron said: “We’re so lucky here in Renfrewshire to have such a fantastic array of beautiful, historic buildings, but we don’t often get the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes.

“Doors Open Days is a great opportunity for people of all ages to find out more about these buildings and to hear stories about our culture and heritage which will help inform our future.

“Venues have organised a brilliant range of activities across the weekend and learning will definitely be fun.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money with local traders.

“We should be very proud of our history and heritage here in Renfrewshire and I hope that people of all ages take time out to get involved.”

Activities will be taking place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

A full list of venues can be viewed online at www.paisley.is

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is

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Three international engineering teams are in the running to build the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde.

The crossing connecting Renfrew to Clydebank and Yoker will require hundreds of construction staff and forms the centre-piece of a major infrastructure project to transform the Clyde waterfront.

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Following an initial selection stage earlier this year, Renfrewshire Council has now invited three bidders to participate in the detailed tendering stage of the procurement process.

These are:

  • ARC – a joint venture of Roadbridge and American Bridge supported by COWI as design partner, whose previous projects include the construction of the iconic Queensferry Crossing and the Tappan Zee Bridge over New York’s Hudson River
  • A Balfour Beatty team, comprising Cleveland Bridge, Qualter Hall and consultants Atkins. They have delivered the Media City Swing Bridge in Salford and are currently replacing the Surf City Swing Bridge in North Carolina.
  • Construction and civil engineering company GRAHAM, working with Hollandia and Ramboll – GRAHAM and Hollandia were both involved in the construction of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin whilst Ramboll led the Design Joint Venture of the Queensferry Crossing.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This project will transform the Clyde waterfront and connect communities on both sides of the river, improving access to jobs, education, hospitals and leisure pursuits. I am very pleased to see this project progressing well and it is no surprise that it has attracted such high calibre teams bidding to secure the design and construction contract.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

Jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project includes a 184 metre-long, twin-leaf cable-stayed swing bridge accommodating vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and opening horizontally for passing ships.

Scottish Government Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “I’m delighted to see the progress being made on the Glasgow City Region Deal as our partners look to drive inclusive economic growth, utilising the Scottish Government’s more than £500 million investment in the area.

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“It’s particularly pleasing that this project will open up access to new opportunities around the River Clyde and help further spread the benefits of our investment made in other key infrastructure locally, such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the upcoming National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.”

UK Government Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “It’s great to see the progress being made on the first and largest growth deal in Scotland, which the UK Government is supporting through its £523 million investment. The funding is already delivering real benefits for people who live and work in the region and this particular crossing will make a huge difference to the Clyde waterfront.

“To date the UK Government has committed more than £1.39 billion of Growth Deal investment to support sustainable growth in Scotland and create jobs and opportunities for the future.”

Leading engineering firm Sweco worked with Kettle Collective – the architects behind the Falkirk Wheel – to draw up initial designs for the bridge which draw on the area’s rich shipbuilding heritage.

Also included in the project is more than 2km of new and improved roads and shared cycle and pedestrian routes, including connections into the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland being developed next to Glasgow Airport.

Each team has received the full tendering pack which comprises more than 750 documents and 300 drawings.

It is anticipated the successful team will be appointed in early 2020 and construction is scheduled to start later that year and be completed in 2022.

“More than 470 people will be involved in the initial construction and a further 2300 jobs are expected to follow over the next decade through the new developments and business growth it attracts,” added Councillor Nicolson.

“Independent analysis ranks it one of the top-performing economic growth projects in the west of Scotland and we’re excited by its economic potential and by the benefits it brings for residents on both sides of the river.”

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a hugely exciting project which will bolster business growth along the Clyde – adding to the significant job opportunities coming to the manufacturing innovation district being developed next to Glasgow Airport.

“I would urge local businesses to ensure they are registered on Public Contracts Scotland as this is where sub-contractor opportunities will be published.

“Renfrewshire has a highly skilled workforce and I’m sure the opportunities ahead will also be of great interest to students at University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland.”

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HUNDREDS of tickets to meet the stars of a popular children’s animated TV show at the intu Braehead shopping centre were snapped up in only THREE HOURS.

Paw Patrol 2

Lucky youngsters will now meet PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall and be shown how to move like their favourite characters by taking part in Pup-Pup Boogie dance masterclasses.

Paw Patrol 2

There were 600 tickets available for the free event – taking place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 2.30pm – and each ticket allowed entry for two children and one adult.

The fun PAW Patrol experience is visiting the shopping centre as part of a tour of intu destinations across the UK.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “The reaction to our Paw Patrol visit has been incredible. It’s been one of the fastest selling events we’ve ever had.

“Although all 600 tickets have been quickly snapped up, I’ve no doubt lots of other families will turn up to catch a glimpse of Chase and Marshall.”

Renfrewshire Poster

We are running brand new football sessions for unemployed young people aged 16-29 in various regions across Renfrewshire. These will be taking place in Ferguslie, Johnstone and Erskine, and will be running on Wednesdays with Ferguslie due to start next week.

Renfrewshire Poster

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THE intu Braehead shopping and leisure destination contributed £305.1 million to the local economy last year according to a new report.

And a total of 8415 jobs were also supported by intu Braehead – representing 7% per cent of all jobs in the local area.

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The company’s research on its contribution to the local economy will be published in intu Braehead’s Corporate Responsibility highlights report, which is being issued by the centre later this month. (July)

intu owns many of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping centres and the research by planning and development consultancy Lichfields measured each centre’s economic contribution to reveal the value Britain’s best-loved retail destinations bring to their local areas.

It found that including intu’s employees, people working in retail and in areas linked to running its centres, such as delivery and maintenance, intu supported a total of 132,950 jobs and contributed £4.8bn to the UK economy last year. This is an increase on 128,490 jobs and an economic contribution of £4.6bn in 2017.

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The number of people employed in retail at intu centres also grew by more than 4%, from 96,350 in 2017 to 100,652 in 2018.

Matthew Roberts, intu chief executive, said: “Retail is a sector that Britain can really be proud of. The best shopping centres employ people in a wide variety of jobs across the length and breadth of the country and are catalysts that create economic and social value.

“intu supports more than 130,000 jobs and contributes billions to the prosperity and wellbeing of communities around the country. Flagship centres such as intu Braehead play an important role in the lives of communities across the UK, not only in terms of the jobs we create but also the taxes we generate as well as the causes we support to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in our neighbourhoods.”

intu’s total contribution to local charities and community organisations also reached £1.7m last year thanks to initiatives to help people into work, to make its centres more accessible and to support activities that promote health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

intu Braehead also engaged in community projects to improve outdoor spaces at schools and sheltered housing complexes in 2018. The centre’s partnership with Cardwell Nurseries, the landscaping contractor at intu Braehead, has been focused around staff volunteering and skills-sharing in the community.

As well as donating funds during the past two years, intu Braehead and Cardwell Nurseries staff  have spent 385 hours working on community projects.

Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “We play a major role in the community and take our responsibilities very seriously to make a positive impact in our area.

“Our staff volunteer for good causes and we make regular donations to local groups from our Community Fund.

“We’ve also donated to the local foodbank, supported a campaign to alleviate period poverty by supplying women’s sanitary products, created gardens for schools, care homes and hospices, and donated school uniforms to families.”