A collection of civic regalia worn and used by Renfrewshire’s Provosts past and present is now on display at Paisley Museum.
The display coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Provost’s chain. The chain, worn by current Provost of Renfrewshire Celia Lawson while on civic duty, was originally presented to the council on the 22 June 1911, the date of the Coronation of King George V. Formerly belonging to the Burgh of Johnstone, it is used with the addition of a new medallion to reflect the current Renfrewshire Council.

The exhibition features a variety of civic regalia and includes some of the badges of office worn by previous Provosts. Other items include the ceremonial spade used by a former provost when marking the creation of Robertson Park in Renfrew along with the trowel used to lay the foundation stone of the Paisley municipal buildings in 1899.
Some of the clothing worn on ceremonial duties is also on display including the robe worn by Provosts to lead a procession of councillors through the town. These processions would also have been led by a Paisley Halberdier whose tunic and hat are also on display.

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50 Renfrew residents joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson on a historic trip down the Clyde to preserve the town’s fishing rights on the river.
The guests were invited to watch as Renfrewshire’s civic leaders carried out the historic act of casting the nets to retain the rights of salmon fishing on the Clyde.
The tradition goes back as far as 1781 when the town lost the right to the fishing on parts of the Clyde by not fishing in the area.
King Robert III had granted a charter to the community of Renfrew granting the right to fish the River Clyde as far back as 1396.

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St Mirren

St Mirren welcome Motherwell and Michael Higdon to St Mirren Park this week. Big Higgy still goaless for the season and hopefully this continues for this game.

Saints had a blow to deal with this week with last seasons player of the year Darren McGregor out for most of the season with ligament trouble, we wish Dazza a speedy recovery.

Marc McAusland expected to take McGregor”s place in the line up this week and with Nigel Hasselbaink suspended for 2 games it will be a different attacking partnership for Danny this week. Aaron Moy,David Barron & Hugh Murray all expected to be absent this week as well which will mean that Saints will have a lot of youth players on the bench. Read more

We have already seen last weeks Paisley photo quiz have well over 4,000 hits in just three days by Ann Crawford on Facebook and also another one of our local photographers Jean-marie’s new albums were very popular too proving to be a huge success.

Now we have another superb Photo quiz that will definitely get the brain going and your mind thinking of places in Paisley where these images were taken pop over to the Facebook Paisley Scotland Pages to check out Lauras +Paisley albums.

If you would like to volunteer for Paisley.org.uk then please get in touch..

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Provost predicts huge charity boost with psychic night

Renfrewshire’s Provost is predicting a huge boost for two local charities by bringing back a popular psychic night.

Provost Celia Lawson is inviting local residents to support her chosen charities for 2011, St Vincent’s Hospice and Accord Hospice, at the event on Monday 29 August by coming along to the event.


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Scottish Cycling championships head to Paisley town centre


Top cyclists from across the country will head to Paisley to compete in a national competition against the backdrop of the historic town centre.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race 2011 will head back to Renfrewshire for the third year in a row but will this year move from Erskine waterfront to Paisley town centre.

Cyclists, ranging from under 8s to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories on this fast and technical course.

The popular event will take place on Sunday 21 August . As well as the races there will be a host of entertainment and activities on offer for spectators including The Clan cycle stunt team showing off their skills.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This will be the third time the Circuit Race Championship will be held in Renfrewshire and due to its growing popularity we’ve decided to move it right into the heart of the town centre. This will give riders a new challenging course and make it great backdrop for all the excitement and fun on the day. This is a major cycling event and it is also a great family so I hope to see lots of people heading into the town to cheers on the competitors.”

The event will incorporate the 2011 Scottish Circuit Race Championships, the Youth Road Race Championships and the West of Scotland Circuit Championships.

Starting on Gauze Street at Paisley’s Town Hall the circuit turns left at Paisley Cross, down St Mirren Brae, left onto Orchard Street, left again onto Bridge Street over the White Cart River, past the Council HQ Building on the right, the historic Paisley Abbey on the left, before sweeping round the final bend and the finishing straight up to Paisley Cross.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

St Mirren head off this weekend to Tannadice on the back of an unbeaten run and the goals against column zero.This will be a real test for the Buddies on exactly how far they have come this season.

Aaron Mooy and Hugh Murray are the only absentees for this game which may see the same starting 11 for the 3rd game running.

Dundee Utd have no injury worries and are looking to strengthen their squad with the money they have available from the David Goodwillie sale to Blackburn Rovers.
Pay at the gate available for this game with the upper tier priced at £21 Adults £12 Concessions and lower tier £19 Adults £10 Concessions.

Most of the St Mirren buses are close to full this weekend so a decent away support to shout on the team hopefully to maintain their unbeaten record.

(Blog courtesy of Steven Wilson)


A fleet of vintage fire engines will roll through Paisley town centre when the popular Fire Engine Rally returns.

The free event, on Saturday 20 August, will see an impressive fleet of engines, dating back from the 19th century to the present day, proceed through the town from the Fire Station in Canal Street to County Square.

There will also be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children throughout the day, including fire safety demonstrations, giveaways and more.

Area Commander Simon Hunt of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “I am absolutely delighted that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society have this opportunity to showcase their vintage fire engines, and also to allow us to engage with the communities which we serve, in order to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

The event takes place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 20th August.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “The fire engine rally has been coming to Paisley for the last couple of years and it’s been a great success. It’s a wonderful event and opportunity to see some of the fascinating vehicles which have been used over the years by the fire service.”

The Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society is run by volunteers who have an interest in the traditions of the fire service. Most weekends they provide fire appliances to events, open days and galas as well as supporting charitable causes.


Saturday 30th July: Saints welcome Aberdeen to Greenhill Road tomorrow hoping to build on the attacking performance they displayed against Dunfermline on Monday. With no new injury worries the same starting 11 as Monday is a strong possibility.Aberdeen will be a hard team to break down with Craig Brown always having his side well organised.Tickets still available for sale right up to kick off at the Greenhill Road Ticket Office. Lets get as many there as possible and shout the Saints on.

Blog post courtesy of Steven Wilson.


St Mirren make the trip across the Forth Road Bridge to take on newly promoted Dunfermline on Monday night a game that is featured live on Sky TV.

With a mixed bag of pre season results lets hope the Saints are up for the challenge. With a near full squad to pick from lets hope Danny and his new Assistant Manager Tommy Craig pick the team that can get us off to a winning start.

Dunfermline have a lot of new players as well including a few familiar faces for us Saints fans with Gallagher,Smith,Potter & Mason sure to be in their squad.

Tickets are still available for this game £18,£10 Concessions,£5 Under 12’s

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Many thanks to Steven Wilson for this blog post.