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Paisley Pirates fans have an opportunity to catch up on all the pre-season news at a specially convened Fans Forum, which will be held within the 5 on 5 Club in New Sneddon St, Paisley, next Wednesday (10 August) at 7.30pm.

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Coach Ian Turley explained, “There will be a number of changes to our normal operations which will take effect from the start of the new season, and we feel it’s crucial that we let fans know how they will be affected, and what they can do to help us as the full effects of these changes impact on the club. It’s very important that supporters of the Paisley Pirates make every effort to attend this meeting, as some of the effects of these changes are far reaching, so we want as many fans as possible to hear what they are, and, further, that they will hopefully indicate what they are willing and able to do to assist in that process, as, make no mistake, we’re relying very much on the backing of the supporters to ensure that there is a smooth transition from what we used to do, and what we’re going to be doing from now on.”

He went on, “We don’t want supporters to rely on others telling them what has been discussed at the meeting, to then decide what they want to do. It’s VERY important that they are there in person, so that they get their chance to input into the discussions, so we’re urging every supporter of the club to do whatever is necessary to get along to the 5 on 5 Club next Wednesday and hear first hand what these changes mean in the short and longer term. They will affect every single supporter, so there’s no point in relying on anyone else to interpret what will be discussed, it’s essential that fans show up in numbers and make their presence felt at that time.”

“We know we have the best supporters in the country, and this is one of those occasions when we’re relying on them to make good on that claim, so we hope we can be certain to welcome a very large turnout next Wednesday when all can be revealed, and fans will be able to take an active role in determining the llong-termroute that the club takes.”

The two Johnstone Pipe Bands travelled to Dumbarton at the weekend for the Scottish Championships.  On a highly successful day for the bands, the Grade 4 Band won their competition with the Grade 2 band placing third, this was a second major competition win for the 4s this season and one that was well deserved after two fine performances in the qualifying and the final.  The Grade 2 band placed third for the fourth time in four majors with the Police Service of Northern Ireland continuing their 100% record in the Grade 2 majors this season.  With the World Championships, on the 13th August, being the only major competition left this year. the Grade 2 band sit second in their Champion of Champions league table with the Grade 4’s proudly topping theirs.

Grade 4 Band celebrating after being crowned Scottish Champions Pictures  taken by John Shaw

Grade 4 Band celebrating after being crowned Scottish Champions
Pictures taken by John Shaw

Grade 2 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr commented, “I was delighted with both bands performances at the Scottish Championships. With practices and competitions now coming thick and fast, everything is now geared towards the World Pipe Band championships at Glasgow Green on 13th of this month. Preparations have been going well, so fingers crossed that both bands put in good accounts of themselves.”

Shows Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr picking up the Grade 2 third place trophy.

Shows Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr picking up the Grade 2 third place trophy.

Grade 4 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Sr commented, “We were all thrilled with the performance and delighted to see results coming good at the right time, we are now in first position in the champions of champions league table for our grade and looking forward to Saturday’s competition in North Berwick, and the following week, the Worlds, in Glasgow.”

Erica Gill (12) picking up the Grade 4b Championship Shield

Erica Gill (12) picking up the Grade 4b Championship Shield

Johnstone Pipe Band are currently on the lookout for sponsorship to help enable them expand and progress the band and their educational activities, for further information please contact the band on 07751 500520.  Details on the band’s learner setup can also be found by calling the same number.

The two Johnstone Pipe Bands travelled to Forres at the weekend for the European Championships.  On a day of high drama the Grade 4 Band won their competition with the Grade 2 band placing third, this was a first major competition win for the 4s and one that was richly deserved after some fine showings this season.

Grade 4 Band celebrating after being crowned European Champions

Grade 4 Band celebrating after being crowned European Champions. Photos by John Shaw

Grade 2 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr commented, “ As the Grade 2 Pipe Major, I was delighted with the association as a whole. Both bands displayed excellent performances and to get 3rd out of 18 bands in grade 2 was a good achievement. To top the day off, our grade 4 pipe band came out on top as European Champions. This shows the callibre of player that is coming through our feeder system, which will provide our big band with talented players in the years to come as they gain experience and continue developing in our grade 4 band.”

Pipe Majors Keith Bowes Sr & Jr with their respective trophies.

Pipe Majors Keith Bowes Sr & Jr with their respective trophies.

Grade 4 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Sr commented, “A 1st major win at the European Championships for the 4b band. The hard work and patience finally paying off. An enjoyable weekend away at the scenic Forres the band now looks forward to a few weeks off competing before returning to the competitive circuit on 23rd July in Paisley. Next event for the band is Sma Shot day in Paisley on sat 2nd July.”

Johnstone Pipe Band are currently on the lookout for sponsorship to help enable them expand and progress the band and their educational activities, for further information please contact the band on 07751 500520.  Details on the band’s learner setup can also be found by calling the same number.

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The new ice hockey season may seem to be months away to Paisley Pirates fans starved of their regular dose of action, but the good news is that the club is already working towards making it at least as successful as the one which ended in April with the club winning the Scottish Cup.

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“Yes, you don’t get much of a breather from it all when you’re running a club like the Pirates,” said coach Ian Turley. “We’re not long back from our family holiday in Florida, and we were promoting the club over there at NHL side Tampa Bay Lightning during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now we’re home, the hard work is already underway to ensure that we don’t rest on our laurels and, if anything, we look to improve on last year.”

“The season will open a little earlier than usual for us at Braehead Arena, and we expect our opening matches to be taking place late September, which is a good month before we’d normally be underway. Subsequently, we’re having to pull forward our training schedule so that we’re ready to hit the ground running, or at least skating, so our practices will begin in August at Kilmarnock.”

He went on, “As always, we’re looking for the core of last year’s team to be back with us, but that’s not to say we’re not looking to improve the squad with a couple of additions. We won’t go poaching players from other sides, that’s not our style, but anyone interested in coming to a well organised, successful team like the Pirates can get in touch at if they want to be considered. We’ve lost goalie Gordon Langford and utility player Colin McMillan from last year, both having retired, so we’ll be looking to fill their berths, but like I say, anyone interested can get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to talk to them.”

He went on, “We’re also working very hard behind the scenes to attract sponsorship to the club, as just like any other we need money coming in from several directions to keep us competitive, as the costs of ice, equipment and transport to some far flung venues have to be met every year. We’ve put together several packages which, we believe, offer potential sponsors great returns for surprisingly little investment and, again, anyone interested should contact us via the above email address. We’re ordering new home and away jerseys very shortly and it would certainly be an opportune time for potential sponsors to be talking to us.”

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Captain Gene Cernan speaks to the audience at Paisley Arts Centre live from Houston, Texas after the showing of The Last Man on the Moon in the venue.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will recognise the success of a local ice hockey team with a civic reception on Friday night.


Paisley Pirates crowned their 70th anniversary celebrations with victory in the Scottish Cup final recently- a commanding 9-0 win over Edinburgh Capitals ensuring the Pirates took home the trophy.

The team will be rewarded with a special reception at the Glynhill Hotel in Renfrew where the Provost will say a few words of congratulations to celebrate both their victory and their 70 years in existence.

This is only the third time the Pirates have won the prestigious trophy since the club was re-formed in 1992.

The club were founded in 1946 but faced years in the wilderness before they were re-launched with the opening of a new ice rink.

Having faced difficulties while playing in the British National League, the Pirates rejoined the Scottish National League in 2002 where they continue to play today. 

The team were recently featured on the pint glass issued to all visitors at the ever popular Paisley Beer Festival to celebrate 70 years since their foundation.

Provost Hall said: “I’m delighted that the Paisley Pirates have become Scottish champions.

“It is terrific achievement to win a national trophy and it is only right that they are rewarded for this feat.

“Renfrewshire should be proud to have had them as a representative for the past 70 years and I wish them all the success in the defence of the trophy next season.”

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It was strictly standing room only as the Paisley Pirates held their end of season Player of the Year awards night in Paisley’s 5 on 5 Club, with, of course, the Scottish Cup showing prominently on the presentation table after the Pirates won in record-breaking style only 2 weeks previously.

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In front of a huge turnout, Coach Ian Turley introduced a marathon session of award giving, during which the club introduced each volunteer in turn to receive a commemorative gift as a “thank you” for their help during the season, without which the operation of the club would have been extremely difficult, paying tribute to the army of fans who had given of their time freely to support the club and ensure that all the necessary elements involved in running an ice hockey match were completed throughout the season.

Supporters who had purchased game worn jerseys were presented with them by the player who had worn the strip during the season just ended, and each player received a small award for their services during a year which had seen the club narrowly miss out on the SNL title, finishing in the runners up slot, while in the end of season playoffs they lost agonisingly to the eventual winners, Aberdeen, only on penalty shots after a 2-2 draw, before claiming the Scottish Cup in emphatic fashion, defeating Edinburgh Capitals 9-0.

The coach then paid tribute to two retiring players, netminder Gordon Langford, who had debuted for the Pirates in their inaugural season at the Lagoon back in the 1992/93 season, and utility player Colin McMillan, who had represented the Pirates over a number of seasons both at Braehead and at the Lagoon, both players receiving mementos to mark their time with the club, and thanking everyone for a special time in their careers.

At the beginning of the main award ceremony, there was a moment of poignancy as those present remembered Jim Liddell, one of Pirates’ most fervent supporters, who had passed away two years previously, and whose name was now to feature on the Supporters Club Player of the Year, to be known as the Jim Liddell Trophy, the award on this occasion to being made by his son, Alan.

Thereafter, awards were announced as follows:

Supporters Club Player of the Year Mark Hassan
(for the Jim Liddell Trophy)

Most Improved Player Graeme Meechan

Outstanding Effort & Application Chris Turley

Players’ Player of the Year Graeme Meechan/Mark Hassan (joint award)

Difference Maker Stuart Miller

Most Valuable Player Mark Hassan

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Pirates won the Scottish Cup for only the third time since they were re-formed in 1992, crushing the Edinburgh Capitals 9-0 in Fife to record a famous victory.

paisley piratesThey opened in fine style, and quickly wiped away the disappointment of playoff defeat the previous weekend, as they went at their opponents with a display of grit and determination which showed their intent, and they were ahead as early as the fifth minute. While shorthanded, they attacked the Capitals, and with Mallinson out of his goal at the Edinburgh end a defensive error gave Blair an open goal and he made no mistake to put the Paisley side ahead. Edinburgh were still very much in the game in the first session, with Mark Paterson having no fewer than three good chances to square the match, but he failed to hit the target with any of them, and with Pirates continuing to apply their own pressure a scoreless remainder to the period sent them in at the first break 1-0 ahead.

They quickly played off the remainder of their fourth penalty of the night and proceeded to put the Capitals to the sword. Skipper McCamley picked his spot for the second goal within a minute, before Thorp added a third with a shot from behind the defensive line, before Orr netted the first of his treble to make it four before the halfway point. The Capitals knew it wasn’t going to be their night when a Mallinson save rebounded to strike Riddell and trickle over the line for five, and before the break Orr took a pass from Miller to skate beyong the halfway line and fire an unstoppable shot past the netminder for a slightly surreal 6-0 advantage at the second interval.

Pirates continued to go forward at speed in the final session and soon made it seven on the powerplay as Orr duly flicked home to complete his hat trick. Caps replaced the shell shocked Mallinson with Rodger at this juncture, but they couldn’t stop the flow of goals and Miller took the score to eight in the final half of the session with a trademark shot from the left side of the zone. With Pirates’ youngsters also getting the chance to enjoy the moment, Haydn Bain duly completed the scoring with under five minutes remaining to round off a memorable evening for the Paisley side, to the delight of a large, not to say vociferous, travelling support, who started their celebrations long before the final whistle was sounded.

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“Although I have had the opportunity to perform in lots of places, busking in Paisley High Street is one of my favourite ways to spend a sunny Saturday. I’ve been finding a pitch on the High Street whenever I can and have made many supportive friends through this, including security guards, Big Issue sellers, local businesses and appreciative shoppers. Lately I’ve felt that the town has really helped me in my musical career with support from St. Mirren, Loud n Proud’s Tommy McGrory, Brick Lane Studios and Create Paisley.

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The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities were celebrated at this year’s Provost’s Community Awards.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was joined by comperè Gina McKie to help celebrate the achievements of unsung heroes in the local community.

The winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, which was held in Paisley Town Hall.

The winners this year were:

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Martyn Cosh

Sporting Achievement (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Amiee Pollard

Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Jodie Campbell

Community Group (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – Renfrew Care Home Activities Group

Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Julie Clark

The Freedom of Renfrewshire was also awarded during the event to Lochwinnoch resident Corinne Hutton, who started her own charity to help people who have lost limbs after experiencing the loss of her own hands and feet in 2013.

Finding Your Feet provides practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and has raised over £250,000 since its inception to help those living with limb loss.

Corinne is the fourth recipient of the award after sculptor Sandy Stoddart, Charleston Drummer Tony Lawler and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The awards ceremony also recognised the achievements of seven outstanding members of the community through the awarding of the Provost’s Distinction Certificates.

The certificates were presented to Elizabeth Anderson, Margaret Gourlay, Tony Fitzpatrick, Gordon Lethorn, James Wardrop, Margaret Smith and Ann Grieve.

Provost Hall said: “It is a privilege to recognise those who contribute so much to our communities through their dedication, hard work and success.

“Each year the nominations we receive are humbling and it is inspiring to discover the work that goes on in our communities. Choosing a winner in each category is extremely challenging and I must thank everyone who took the time to nominate.

“This year we also awarded Corinne Hutton with the Freedom of Renfrewshire. Her attitude and spirit to overcome adversity and help advance the lives of others through her charity cannot be understated. I am delighted she has received this recognition.”

For more information on the Provost’s Community Awards, visit

Corinne’s Story

Corinne has been honoured for her charity work which has continued despite a life-changing illness in 2013. Having suffered acute pneumonia and septicaemia, surgeons were forced to amputate her hands and legs below the knee.

She is fondly know by the UK media as ‘The Bionic Mum’; however her son Rory (6) prefers calling her his ‘X-Mum’.

Her courage and determination has helped her raise over £250,000 achieved through the likes of completing a gruelling 5km assault course, becoming the first quadruple amputee in history to climb Ben Nevis, and breaking a record by abseiling 140 feet.

Corinne responded by establishing a charity, Finding Your Feet, which offers practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and families who have suffered limb loss or life-changing physical trauma.

Celebrities and sports stars including Andy Murray, Mel Gibson and Gerard Butler have given their backing to Corinne’s outstanding effort to help others.