US Airways to mark 10th anniversary of Glasgow to Philadelphia service with added flights.

US Airways which is now part of American Airlines Group is growing its popular Glasgow to Philadelphia service with additional flights in 2014.

The airline has responded to an increase in demand for the trans-Atlantic service, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, by bolstering its schedule with an additional 19 round-trip flights. Year over year, this will result in the availability of 6,700 additional seats from May 4 to October 24.

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News of the added service comes as Glasgow and Scotland prepare to welcome the world with events such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland all expected to prove a huge draw for tourists from North America.

The United States represents the largest international market for Glasgow. Each year, 85,000 trips are made by American visitors, boosting the city’s economy by almost £40 million. The added flights will ensure more people have the opportunity to experience what Glasgow and Scotland has to offer.

Amanda McMillan, managing director, Glasgow Airport said, “US Airways is a long standing partner of Glasgow Airport and its decision to add 19 additional departures this year to Philadelphia is a clear sign of its confidence in the West of Scotland market.

“It is no coincidence the airline’s decision to add flights comes as Glasgow prepares for what will be a landmark year in terms of hosting events with global appeal. In addition to the Commonwealth Games and the Homecoming, the Ryder Cup will get underway in Glasgow with a gala dinner at the SSE Hydro and the tournament is expected to draw huge crowds from the United States.

“It really is an exciting time for both the city and the airline, and we are looking forward to helping US Airways celebrate 10 years of nonstop service from Glasgow to its Philadelphia hub when the first flight of the 2014 summer schedule takes to the skies on 4 May.”

“We’re pleased to return to Glasgow this spring, a destination that has proven popular with US Airways’ customers the past ten years,” said Suzanne Boda, American Airlines’ senior vice president, Asia, Canada, Europe and Cargo. “It’s a big year for Scotland with many events planned throughout the country and we’re happy to play a part by bringing in visitors from the U.S. and other locations. This year’s additional flights, which are the result of anticipated increased demand, give our Glasgow originating customers access to an even greater range of destinations, airlines choices and opportunities to earn and redeem miles with US Airways’ entry into oneworld on March 31.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “US Airways’ decision to significantly increase capacity on its Philadelphia to Glasgow route strongly reflects the popularity of the service. It is a positive and welcome step which demonstrates the airline’s commitment to the city, ahead of what will be a momentous year for Glasgow, and reinforces Glasgow Airport’s position as Scotland’s long haul gateway.

With the eyes of the world turning to Glasgow in 2014 as we host the Commonwealth Games, and with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, we are discussing plans with the airline about continuing that activity early next year, with a focus on highlighting the ease of access to Glasgow and Scotland for North American visitors and rolling out our new US website; peoplemakeglasgow.us.”

Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland Chairman added: “This news could not have come at a more opportune time for Glasgow as the city prepares to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the MTV Europe Music Awards at the SSE Hydro. The fact US Airways is increasing capacity from Philadelphia is important in what is a massive year for Scottish tourism, when the country also hosts the Ryder Cup and Homecoming.”

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American’s AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and on Facebook.com/USAirways.

‘Hats Off to Led Zeppelin –
Rewriting the rule book for tribute bands!’

Three years ago Hats Off to Led Zeppelin created a buzz unheard of for a tribute act and this year sees them playing more venues across the globe, releasing a DVD, picking up their first award and are now to be the subject of a new documentary film!

Hats off to Led Zeppelin are proud to be the only tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers and they are managed by none other than Warren Grant … for the uninitiated, his father Peter was Led Zeppelin’s manager!  “Hats Off to Led Zeppelin are the closest you are going to get” Warren said after first seeing the band!

(Coming to Paisley on Friday 11th April 2014)

The Agents Association of Great Britain crowned them the Official UK No.1 Tribute to the gods of rock at the first UK Tribute Awards later last year.

Tickets are selling fast for their Scottish Tour starting at The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr on the 9th April followed by The Town House, Hamilton (10th) and Paisley Town Hall (11th). Book now to avoid disappointment by visiting www.hatsofftoledzeppelin.co.uk and clicking the links on the gig page.  You simply have to see this stunning tribute to the greatest rock band ever!

Close your eyes and let Peter Eldridge, Jack Tanner, Toby Drummond and Kevin Oliver Jones take you back to when Led Zeppelin ruled the earth!  Having appeared in such West End productions as We Will Rock You, Rent, Thriller LIVE!. Dancing in the Streets, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Buddy to name but a few, these guys are a truly professional outfit guaranteed to give you a night that you won’t forget in a hurry!

With glowing endorsements from Led Zeppelin’s tour manager Richard Cole – “Worth seeing … entertainment with style”; Led Zep biographer Dave Lewis – “a refreshing no nonsense approach … this band delivers every time!”; and the BBC – “an outstanding concert”, along with audience and critical acclaim – “Shut your eyes and you would think you were listening to the real thing”, this is a show not to be missed!

One audience member exclaimed “I experienced catharsis during this show!”

If you need convincing simply click on their website and watch the promo video.  Then pick up the phone and book your ticket!  Do not miss this fantastic live show!

Visit www.hatsofftoledzeppelin.co.uk for full tour details.

Come and join the fun … see you on tour!

Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

CO2 Design have had a fantastic start to 2014.

CO2 Design have had a fantastic start to 2014 with a few new clients on our books. We have been working on the brand development for Yan’s Kitchen a fish restaurant on the Isle of Islay which is opening at this month!.

We’ve helped Ferguslie Bowling Club in Paisley update signage for their club and Ken & Co., a coffee shop in Glasgow have re-branded. They’ve been successfully trading with an 38% increase in turnover. These three new clients along with new websites for Pars Foods, Glasgow (www.parsfoods.co.uk) and Burgoyne Electrical, Renfrew (www.burgoyne.co.uk) means our designers are being kept busy.

A great variety of work coming into the office, all local clients – the economy is really on the up!. It all keeps our imaginations and creativity sharp.
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Why not make an apointment to come in and meet our talented team, have a coffee and see what we could bring to your business through our marketing and design ideas.

Give your company a new look, an update or fresh ideas might just make the difference between an OK 2014 and a fantastic 2014. CO2 Design pride ourselves on good relationships with our clients, giving them the best possible advice and service at competitive prices.

Looking for a job? Sales / Marketing / Administration, call David on 0141 404 1199
CO2 Design Ltd, 33 Glasgow Road, Paisley, PA1 3PA. t: +44 (0) 141 404 1199
Follow us on Facebook or check out our website www.co2design.co.uk

Talented TeenStar Lucy from Paisley is Loud’n’Proud!

Lucy is 14 and is a third year pupil at Gleniffer High. She was given her first guitar when she 12 for her birthday by a family friend and began learning the guitar by herself.

It wasn’t until she went to the School of Rock run by Loud’n’Proud that she really found her stride and began singing.

She has performed with her bands at several Loud’n’Proud gigs, including gigs at the Town Hall and the Spiegeltent during last year’s Spree festival. She plays lots of different genres in an acoustic style and likes lots of different types of music.

TeenStar is a nationwide competition and last year’s winner was The X Factor finalist Luke Friend and there are great prizes up for grabs. Lucy received great feedback from the judges during her first round and tickets are available – the audience also get the chance to vote for their favourite acts so it would be great to garner some support for her. The next round is at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on April 5th, tickets are £8.

Live Gig in Paisley.

You can catch Lucy This Friday 21st March and next Friday 28th March at Saporito on Gauze Street, you can find out lots more by visiting Lucy’s Facebook Page here..

Renfrewshire towns and villages on Commonwealth route.

The list of Renfrewshire towns and villages on the route for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay has been released – with 15 local communities set to feature.

The baton will visit Renfrewshire on Thursday 17 July – Day 34 of a 40-day Scottish tour covering each of the country’s 32 local authorities.

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Renfrewshire Council will be co-ordinating a festival of fun to mark the day, with a series of local events to welcome the baton on its way around the area.

The local route is as follows – Howwood, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Johnstone, Elderslie, Linwood, Brookfield, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Langbank, Bishopton, Erskine, Inchinnan, Renfrew and Paisley.

Further details showing timings and the street-level route will be released nearer the time.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Glasgow 2014 will be the biggest sporting event ever to take place in Scotland, and Renfrewshire is uniquely placed to help celebrate that in our role as the Gateway to the Games.

“The visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay will be the perfect opportunity for local residents to be part of the Games when it comes to a street near them.

“Every one of Renfrewshire’s 15 communities will have the chance to share in the occasion and I am sure the events due to take place will make it a day to remember.”

The baton will visit over 400 communities, offering people across the nation a chance to be a part of the countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival.

The relay will reflect the important role of sport by visiting schools, sporting facilities and leisure centres, and encouraging communities to get behind Team Scotland.

The 40-day journey of the baton will cover 8,000 kilometres, showcasing the nation’s most-iconic landmarks and culture such as the Forth Bridge, Loch Ness and St Andrew’s Old Course.

On 31 March thousands of people will find out whether their nominations to become batonbearers have been successful.

When it arrives in Scotland on 14 June, the baton will have been on 248-day global epic journey through all other 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people across Scotland to celebrate what’s extraordinary and unique about their communities, and honour those locals who make a difference to others.

“With less than three months to go until the baton comes home to Scotland, the momentum is building for the biggest festival of sport and culture this nation has ever hosted.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay route in Scotland has been planned by Glasgow 2014 in partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland and 32 Local Authorities. The relay is delivered in association with those Local Authorities.

For more information about the relay, visit www.glasgow2014.com/batonrelay , and for information of local events, keep an eye on www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

Renfrewshire celebrates Commonwealth Day.

Renfrewshire has raised the flag in a special ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day.

Along with over 500 local authorities and charities across the country, Renfrewshire took part in the inaugural flag-raising event.

The inaugural event was one of the largest, single raising of the Commonwealth flag in history.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall raised the flag at the flagpoles outside Renfrewshire Council headquarters in Cotton Street, Paisley.

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A specially written Commonwealth affirmation and message from the Queen was read out at the ceremony.

Provost Hall said, “Renfrewshire is proud to take part in this nationwide event along with other Scottish councils, charities and community groups.

“As we come together to mark Commonwealth Day, we recognise the continuing relevance of the Commonwealth in today’s world.

“This is of course a special year for Scotland’s links with the Commonwealth as Glasgow prepares to host the Commonwealth Games.

“Renfrewshire has developed a wide-ranging programme linked to the Commonwealth Games, which will provide a sporting legacy through increased participation and support for sports competitors and coaches.”

The Commonwealth flag has been taken down and will be raised again for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on 23 July.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

CASH CONVERTERS PAISLEY OFFERS A FRIENDLY LOCAL SERVICE.

Cash Converters Paisley is a friendly local franchise offering a range of services designed to help people with their short term cash problems. The local franchisee Stephen Gavin and staff will be celebrating 10 years of business in Paisley this year and Store Manager, Stuart Dunn, said the current climate makes the services Cash Converters offer more valuable than ever. “We offer great savings and bargains with our new and used goods, something everyone can take advantage of. Every customer that comes into our store has a different need whether that’s some cash to pay the bills or something to tide them over until payday.

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Within the Paisley store Cash Converters sells new, used and graded stock. Products include laptops and tablets, games consoles, mobile phones, TV’s, photographic equipment, musical equipment, bikes, household goods, DVD’s and much more. Customers can buy with confidence knowing that they have a comprehensive warranty on all items.

At a time when everyone is tightening their belts, Cash Converters offers a quick and easy way for customers to raise cash without credit checks or spiralling debts. The unique ‘Buyback’ service is a simple way to access instant cash to cover unexpected bills or wage irregularities for example. Customers bring in an item along with some up to date identification, a price is agreed and the customer then gets the cash and up to 28 days option to buy back the goods. There is also the opportunity to sell unwanted goods. Customers can bring goods into the store, negotiate a price and walk out with cash. Sellers simply need to bring along some up to date I.D.

To find out more about Cash Converters and its services pop into the store at 37 Causeyside Street or give them a call on 0141 8497474.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT REPORTS PASSENGER GROWTH FOR FEBRUARY 2014 

Passenger numbers up 6% in February

Glasgow Airport has continued its positive start to 2014 after nearly 450,000 passengers travelled through its doors in February, representing an increase of 6% on the same period last year.

It was a particularly strong month for international traffic, which rose by nearly 13% due to demand for long-haul services and a number of airlines such as Jet2.com, Icelandair and KLM adding capacity.

Domestic traffic rose by 2% with strong demand for London and regional services, while CityJet’s new Cardiff service has also proved popular.

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Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is very pleasing to have continued our positive start to 2014 which promises to be a very exciting year.

“We are looking forward to the launch of Citywing’s new service to the Isle of Man and in April we will become the first Scottish airport to welcome the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, when Emirates will operate a one-off service to mark 10 years of serving Scotland.

“April will signal the start of our busy summer schedule and passengers will notice a great deal of work in the terminal as we continue to invest in new and improved facilities. The Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup are just two of the high-profile events coming to Glasgow and Scotland this year and we are ensuring we will be ready to play our part.”

In February Glasgow Airport became the first airport in the UK to receive an internationally recognised certificate for service and quality. The airport achieved the Airport Council International’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Assured Certification which provides a seal of approval on the airport’s facilities and services it provides to passengers.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

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Gerry Rafferty exhibition set to open its doors.

A unique exhibition showcasing the life and work of one of Scotland’s greatest-ever songwriters – Gerry Rafferty – is opening its doors in his home town of Paisley.

Bring it all Home: The Exhibition will feature items from Gerry’s career – from gold discs and guitars to hand-written lyrics to his biggest hits.

The exhibition is expected to attract interest from around the UK and abroad, given the worldwide fanbase of the man best-known for iconic songs such as Baker Street and Stuck in the Middle With You.

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Many of the personal artefacts have been loaned to Paisley Museum by Gerry’s daughter Martha, who helped curate the exhibition in her father’s memory.

Also on show will be original artwork from Gerry’s close friend and fellow Paisley Buddie John Byrne, who designed many of his album covers – while work by the artist from Renfrewshire Council’s own collection will also feature.

The free-to-enter exhibition will run at Paisley Museum from 7 March until 18 May and will coincide with an eight-day music festival in the town in April inspired by Gerry’s legacy.

Martha Rafferty said: “My father’s home town meant a huge deal to him and helped inspire a lot of his work, so it is fitting to be able to hold this event here in Paisley.

“There remains a huge deal of interest in his music from his fanbase throughout the UK and abroad – and I hope they will find plenty to interest them in the exhibition.”

Bring it all Home is being organised and promoted by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of the Homecoming 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Bring it all Home is a celebration of the life and work of one of Paisley’s best-loved sons.

“We are delighted to be able to host the exhibition and festival and are ready to welcome the visitors we expect them to attract. We would also like to thank Martha Rafferty and John Byrne for their generous contribution to the event.”

Bring it all Home: The Festival takes place from 11 to 19 April and includes a star-studded celebration of Gerry’s music featuring Martha and many of his friends from the music world, such as Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson and Eddi Reader.

The gig – due to take place in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 16 April – sold out within three hours of going on sale last month.

The festival will also include appearances from Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Midge Ure, James Grant, Karine Polwart and Kathryn Williams as well as an international concert and a series of free songwriting masterclasses.

For more information and tickets, visit www.bringitallhome.co.uk

Bring it all Home is supported by Renfrewshire Council, Homecoming Scotland, Creative Scotland, and the Rafferty family.

All photographs above were taken for Paisley.org.uk by Alex Slaven Photography.

The Great Antiques Map of Britain.

The Great Antiques Map of Britain is a new BBC series that is coming to your area. And they are looking for people to take part! Do you have an item from the local area with an interesting story; do you ever wonder if it might be worth something?

Tim Wonnacott embarks on a nationwide journey to discover the people, the places, the antiquities and the collectables that tell the story of Great Britain.

Britain is famed around the world for the quantity and quality and variety of its arts, crafts, collectables and antiquities. In this series, Tim Wonnacott sets out in his ‘Valuation Station’– an Airstream doubling as an antiques valuation centre – to visit the hotspots of British arts and antiques, from large festivals to local markets.

In each episode Tim rolls up into a specific city, town or village: each with a rich heritage in antiquities. From Glasgow with its Clutha Glass, to Bristol Fry’s Chocolate and Worcester’s Royal Porcelain. Each location provides a wealth of historical take out as Tim visits key sites and locations.

But while he’s there he’s also got some extra work to do. Pitching up his Valuation Station, Tim will throw down the challenge to the locals to bring him their precious family heirlooms and antiques for an expert opinion and appraisal. It’s their chance to show and tell. Will it be “Trash or Treasure Time”?  Will any of the items have a life-changing value for the owners? And will Tim find any fabulous survivors of the region’s antique heritage amongst the offerings?

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These journeys he will take us through the process of the creation of the artworks and antiquities revealing the fascinating human, industrial and social history of Britain.

An amusing and revealing gallivant around Britain’s antiques and art hotspots, “The Great Antiques Map of Britain ” tells the history of the United Kingdom, through its renowned artistic heritage and the people and places who gave birth to it.

To contact the research team on The Great Antiques Map of Britain call: 0117 9742369 or email Great.Antiquesmap@bbc.co.uk