LITTLE Katie Stevenson bumped into an alien from another planet when she was visiting the intu Braehead shopping centre.

And the six-year-old from Houston, Renfrewshire quickly made friends with the visitor from outer space called Oh and showed him round the mall.


The purple-coloured loveable misfit, Oh is one of the main characters in a new animated movie from Dreamworks, called Home, which stars Hollywood actor Jim Parsons, along with singer, Rihanna and is due in the cinemas on March 20.

Oh is a Boov who lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people before forming an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl, named Tip.
And thousands of shoppers got a sneak preview of the movie when Oh dropped in on the intu Braehead centre to meet us Earthlings.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “Judging by the reaction of the youngsters when Oh came out into the mall, the movie looks like being a surefire hit.
“It’s amazing who you might bump into when you come along to the intu Braehead mall – even an alien like Oh from outer space.
“People and aliens are certainly willing to travel a very long distance to visit us in the mall!”

There were giveaways for shoppers, face painting to turn everyone into a Boov and youngsters mobbed Oh to get their photograph taken with him.

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Shorthanded Pirates pulled off a stunning 5-3 win against North Ayrshire Wild, the visitors’ bench being ravaged by injury to the extent that they could only ice 13 skaters, including several walking wounded, for this local derby.

The visitors were on the board in the 6th minute as Orr top shelved a shot beyond Galloway to put Pirates one up, but after they has played off a penalty called on Cowan for Hooking, the scores were tied after 12 minutes as Bain equalised in a first period where Pirates possibly had the better of the exchanges against a side desperate for the two points to clinch a place in the playoffs.



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Wild had the better of the early exchanges in the middle session, although Riddell missed a good opportunity for the Renfrewshire side after 25 minutes, and with the teams swopping penalties around the halfway point Pirates had Langford to thank for an outstanding save a minute later, before they took the lead after 36 minutes as McCamley smashed a low shot home to give his side the advantage again. Almost immediately, they were a player short, with Riddell going for Hooking, but within seconds Blair had broken away and deftly rounded Galloway to put his team two clear. The home side were still on the powerplay, however, and pulled one back in highly controversial circumstances as Langford appeared to have pulled off a tremendous save form Abercromby, but the goal judge flashed his light and a goal was awarded after considerable debate, with the goalie clearly gesticulating to the official that the puck had not crossed the line. Pirates were still recovering from that blow and 20 seconds later it was 3-3 as Maitland tied the scores. The visitors dredged on their reserves in what had been a tiring end to the session and Orr blasted home with only 6 seconds remaining to send his team in with a narrow 4-3 advantage.


Player/coach Ian Turley, who had reported ill for this match, but had played as an emergency defender because of player shortages, was unable to continue, leaving Pirates with only 3 recognised defenders for the final session, and they had to withstand some pressure from the hosts who remained desperate to keep their season going with a win. Gibson missed a great chance to equalise when going one on one with Langford only to miss the target, before Graham McCamley gave the visitors vital breathing space with a fifth goal in the 52nd minute. Pirates appeared to be under the cosh in the 53rd minute as Cowan, and then Chris Turley, were penalised within 4 seconds of each other, giving Wild a two man advantage for almost 2 frenetic minutes, but by a combination of last ditch defending, inspired netminding by Langford, and a fair slice of luck, their goal remained intact, and a very tired looking Pirates played out the remaining minutes to record a quire remarkable win.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Ice hockey players have the reputation of being tough guys, and Paisley Pirates’ defender Chris Turley certainly lived up to that image last weekend.

In the course of his team’s match against Moray Typhoons in the Scottish National League on Sunday, Chris took a challenge from an opponent, and immediately knew what had happened. “I’ve been playing ice hockey for a long time now, ever since I was a kid, picking up a few injuries along the way, and had dislocated my shoulder before. I realised it had come out again, and needed to get it sorted right away.”

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His brother, and team coach, Ian Turley, told him he’d need to sit out the rest of the game because of the injury but tough guy Chris decided that dislocation or no dislocation, he was seeing out the rest of the game.

Drawing on the example set by Mel Gibson in the “Lethal Weapon” series of films, he set about remedying the situation by knocking his shoulder back into place without the aid of an anaesthetic and, problem sorted, went back out to help his team to an 11-1 win.

“He’s my brother, so I know better than anyone how daft he can be,” commented coach Ian Turley“, but it just goes to show how much our guys will go through to play for the Pirates, and he does it for the love of the game.

He’s been our rock a number of times with last minute challenges and important goals, although I think he took the comparison a bit far this time! I don’t know how many players could do what he did, but he’s a very important player for us, and Sunday just showed the level of commitment which he, and indeed the rest of the squad, give to this club every time they go out to represent the Paisley Pirates. It’s that kind of attitude which shows just how special this club is, and what it means to team members to play for it.”

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St Mirren in the Community is now taking bookings for the ever popular Easter Football Camps.
The Camps will run on both weeks of the Easter school holidays (6th to 10th April and 13th to 17th April) from the club’s exclusive Carbrini@JD Airdome and will cater for boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years old.


Places are limited and bookings can be made by going to the St Mirren website downloading and printing the attached booking form, completing it in full and returning it to Ross Paterson, Football Development Officer at the address provided.

For further information please contact Ross Paterson on mobile 07702 287693 or email to

Davie Birrell and James Cameron

Mission Motorsport – the Forces’ Motorsport Charity was set up to help aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport.

The charity uses motorsport to engage and merge the activities of the disabled and those carrying mentally and
physically debilitating injuries with able bodied servicemen and women as well as a large supporting cast of civilian
motorsport practitioners, sponsors and supporters.

Davie Birrell and James Cameron


“Race of Remembrance” – the story of the charity running an endurance race at Angelsea Circuit in November 2014 is on air this week including Sky Sports F1 HD, Sunday 22nd March at 11.45pm (other dates and times are available on alternative channels). This is a brilliant film, produced in conjunction with Mazda UK, and introduces you to many of our key personnel.

The charity’s Scotland Area Representative, Findlay Leask says “Despite launching originally in 2012 the charity has had little presence in Scotland – until now. We will be welcoming Cara Hilton MSP, teams, car clubs, industry, press and – most importantly – the Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) forces’ personnel in Scotland to join us at Knockhill Racing Circuit on the 16th April from 12noon. This will be an opportunity for the WIS to meet key members of the charity, learn what opportunities are available and experience the thrill of track time in a range of exotic machinery!” Findlay goes on to explain more about who the charity has helped; “Mike Courts, the Fife-based Mission Motorsport beneficiary and driver will be on-hand to tell the media how the support of the charity has helped him combat his injuries and PTSD to secure a drive in both the Scottish BMW Compact Cup and the Ginetta GT Supercup that tours the UK with the British Touring Car Championship. His story alone is inspirational.”

Mission Motorsport forms part of the MoD’s Recovery Career Services by sourcing vocational opportunities, work placements and training, where possible in the automotive sector (Jaguar LandRover, for example) but also across all industry sectors. The charity has support from Sir Stirling Moss, Lord Drayson and was engaged with HRH Prince Harry through the Invictus Games 2014. Each of the WIS forces’ personnel that are supported by the charity has a remarkable story to tell. Co-founder and charity CEO James Cameron will be available for interview in the run up to the event as well as on the day.

If you are interested in covering this event or require further information please contact Scottish Area Representative Findlay Leask on 07921 623453, email or visit

Attached image shows Mission Motorsport driver, ex Black Watch Corporal and Double Amputee Davie Birrell with MM CEO James Cameron taken at Race of Remembrance 2014.

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Pirates cantered to an easy win by crushing Moray Typhoons 11-1 in their final home match of the regular season, notching their seventh consecutive league win in the process.

The home side were on the board in only 46 seconds as Blair top shelved a shot past MacColla in the visitors’ goal, and the goalie was picking the puck out the net again less than a minute later as Riddell finished off a move with Cowan and Guy to double the advantage with under two minutes on the clock. On the five minute mark it was three as Stuart Miller was on hand to net the first of a treble, and perhaps the only real surprise of the period was that there were only nine seconds left in the period before McCamley added to the tally with a shorthanded effort, his team heading for the dressing room already four goals to the good.


The middle session saw Pirates again beat a regular path towards the Moray goal, with Miller notching his second, and the hosts’ fifth, in the 28th minute on the powerplay, before Campbell scored a beauty six minutes later, taking a through pass from Churchill to round MacColla and tap into the empty net for number six. That ended the scoring for the period, with the home side disappearing into the distance at 6-0.

Typhoons briefly saw a shaft of light in the 43rd minute as Durkacz skated through the Pirates defence before drawing Langford to net his side’s only goal of the night, but normal service was resumed at the halfway point as Miller completed his hat trick by tipping in a Chris Turley thunderbolt to make it seven. Again Pirates appeared to take their foot off the gas briefly, but they finished with a flourish, netting no fewer than four times as Riddell, Churchill, Campbell and Cowan all found the target to complete their biggest win of the season.

Pirates finish their regular season with an away tie at North Ayr this coming Saturday, before travelling to Edinburgh for their final league match of the season on 8 March, before entering the playoff stage of the season, and will be hoping that several key players missing in the win against Moray will be available by that time.


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, which will benefit Renfrewshire with three major infrastructure projects, took another step forward this week with the appointment of eminent people from business, politics and academia to bodies associated with the £1.13bn City Deal.

Renfrewshire is represented by Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, who has the Portfolio for Enterprise. Councillor Macmillan will continue his work to encourage business growth; underlining his commitment to economic regeneration and creating jobs.


Lord Haughey, industrialist and philanthropist, has been appointed Chair of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Economic Leadership Board and Professor Anton Muscatelli, economist and Principal of the University of Glasgow, is Chair of the Commission on Urban Economic Growth.

Councillor Macmillan is determined to make the City Deal work for Renfrewshire, “These vital investment projects will help to grow and attract businesses, make local life better, and generate new wealth for this area. Together the City Deal projects are expected to deliver an extra 29,000 jobs for the City Region and to improve access to a further 45,000 jobs. The Enterprise Portfolio is an exciting role and it does reflect the strength of my determination to support business growth and build a bigger, stronger economy’

The Council has appointed a Project Director for the City Deal’s three major projects in Renfrewshire.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area, on which construction will start in 2018, will benefit business growth with a £51m spend on roads, cycle lanes and a bridge. Businesses will enjoy better links with existing facilities and the improved infrastructure will open up new areas for development and further business growth.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project will open a bridge over the Clyde, linking Renfrew to Yoker. With its associated new roads, the bridge will connect Renfrewshire directly with west Glasgow. This represents a £78m investment and work is planned to start in 2018.

The Deal also includes £144m to develop a rail access link between Glasgow city centre and Glasgow Airport, including a stop at Paisley Gilmour Street. This is good news for Renfrewshire, where the economic benefits of a frequent Airport connection will be substantial. Work on this project is scheduled to start in 2020.

Cllr Mark Macmillan is certain about the benefits of these projects and the wider City Deal programme. “They’re all about connectivity at local, regional and international levels. City Deal is creating a great economic resurgence in the West of Scotland and Renfrewshire is well placed to make the most of it.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  • 11.4% increase in January passenger numbers


Glasgow Airport has made the best possible start to 2015 after 485,685 passengers travelled through its doors in January 2015, representing an increase of 11.4% on the previous year.

International traffic grew by 18.1% and was bolstered by the performance of both Ryanair’s and Wizz Air’s direct services to Eastern Europe. Airlines such as Icelandair, Emirates and United also reported an increase in demand. Domestic traffic was up 6.6% compared to the same period last year and benefited from British Airways’ decision to add extra capacity on its Heathrow and London City routes.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It was always going to be a challenge to follow 2014’s performance but we have managed to continue where we left off and record yet another month of growth. January is traditionally a quiet period but we experienced a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to some of the European destinations we have added in recent months including Wroclaw and Katowice.

“Our focus for 2015 is to ensure we build on last year’s success by securing further new routes and services. Our efforts will be aided by the welcome announcement in January that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is to be devolved.  Giving the Scottish Parliament full control over APD will play a major role in strengthening our connectivity and it is vital this is progressed as soon as possible. Not only will it ensure our tourism industry can continue to flourish, it will enable us to truly leverage the opportunities presented by the series of major events that raised Scotland’s global profile throughout 2014.”

January’s performance follows the news that 2014 had been Glasgow Airport’s busiest since 2008. Annual passenger numbers were up by 4.8% to over 7.7 million ensuring the airport recorded its fourth consecutive year of growth.

Glasgow Airport also received a number of welcome announcements in January, including the launch of a new service to Donegal by Aer Lingus and confirmation that Ryanair will begin flights to Berlin, as well as add an extra daily service to Stansted, from October 2015.

Glasgow will host a series of major events in 2015, including the World Gymnastics Championships, the European Judo Championships, and the IPC Swimming World Championships – all of which will present opportunities to grow the inbound tourism potential of the city and build on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.


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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A TEAM of curlers led by the brother of Olympic Gold medalist, Rhona Martin is celebrating an unusual feat that’s the curling equivalent of a golfing hole-in-one.

Drew Howie, the older brother of Scots curling star Rhona, was skip of the team playing at the intu Braehead curling rink that achieved an ‘eight ender’ – a rare occurrence when all eight stones thrown by a team in a single end each score a point.


The foursome – Drew and his wife, Lorna along with Mark and Cienwen Lombardi – are members of the Minerva Curling Club and were playing in a club league match against Bill and Rosemary McKean, Maggie Bridges and Maggie Martin.

Now the team that recorded the perfect score for an end of curling is set to receive a plaque and certificates from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in recognition of their achievement.

Drew, 52, who is a former Scottish Junior curling champion and in 1982 won bronze in the World Junior Championships, said: “Everything just fell into place during that end. I realised after our fifth stone landed in the house that the eight ender might be on.

“But you can never take anything for granted, as all it takes is for one stone from the other team to stop you.

“When I placed our final stone in the house, our opponents were very gracious and shook my hand. I almost never took the final shot out of kindness to them, but it’s a team sport and I didn’t want to let my team mates down.”

Bruce Crawford, chief executive officer of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club said: “We would like to congratulate Minerva Curling Club on their recent eight-ender at Braehead Curling.

“This great achievement is quite a rare occurrence and could be compared to a hole-in-one in golf.
“Only around ten eight-enders are reported on average each year and the RCCC presents an award to all member clubs which achieve this great feat.”

Scott Martin, general manager of intu Braehead Leisure said: “What a great achievement for Drew and his team. It’s been years since we had an eight ender here at the curling rink.

“Curling has become extremely popular in recent times, especially with newcomers to the sport who started at our Saturday Sweep curling sessions where beginners are shown how to play the game.”

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Edward Reid had guests at a posh awards dinner on their feet singing along to his cheeky parody of the Frank Sinatra hit, New York, New York.

The bubbly entertainer had penned a whole new set of lyrics for his version of the classic song especially for the intu Braehead Retailer Awards dinner where he was on stage hosting the event.

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Edward found fame on the BGT show in 2011 by singing nursery rhymes to the tunes of well-known pop songs.

And when he was on stage at the mall’s awards dinner, instead of singing the famous first line of New York, New York, “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today” he sang “Start spending the cash, we’re shopping today”.

And when he got to the chorus of his surprise version, called Braehead, Braehead, instead of “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Edward sang “If I can’t buy it there, I can’t buy it anywhere”.

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As soon as the 200 shop, restaurants and leisure staff at the award bash realised Edward was singing about them and the intu Braehead mall, the dinner suit and ball gown-clad guests were on their feet cheering and singing.

Edward said: “I was really chuffed by the reaction of people at the awards dinner. They were all there in their finery and nobody knew I was going to sing a new version for them, but within a few lines of the song everyone was on their feet cheering and singing along with me.

“I was on holiday in Mexico when I heard New York, New York on the radio and I thought it would be a great idea to write new lyrics for when I was hosting the intu Braehead awards.”

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He added: “I’m not surprised, it went down so well, as New York, New York is a typical Scots party song and when you hear the song being played it seems to evoke memories of having a good time.”

The event, held in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, was the second annual intu Braehead Retailer Awards ceremony and general manager at the mall, Gary Turnbull said:

“I couldn’t believe it when Edward was on stage and started belting out his new lyrics and everyone got to their feet to join in.

“It was a fantastic performance and a clever piece of lyric writing from Edward. It was that good, he should record his Braehead, Braehead version. I’m sure it would be a hit with our shoppers!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]