Batty about St Vincent’s

STV’s Sean Batty, an Ambassador for St Vincent’s Hospice, will be hosting an exciting new quiz dinner in celebration of the hospice’s 25th anniversary.

The ‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ Dinner & Quiz is taking place on Friday 4th October, 7pm, at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport.

8 quiz rounds will be hosted by Sean, River City’s Carmen Pieraccini, boxing promoter Tommy Gilmour and MSP Hugh Henry. Tickets are only £35 or £350 per team of maximum 10, including a 3 course meal plus coffee.


Sean said “as an Ambassador of St Vincent’s Hospice I am delighted to be hosting the new ‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ Dinner & Quiz, as part of their special 25th anniversary year.

“This is a fun, exciting new event, which is sure to challenge even the best quiz enthusiast! So take up the challenge and join me on the night to become the St Vincent’s Hospice Champion.

He added “by getting involved with St Vincent’s Hospice you are supporting local patient care for those living with a life limiting illness, totally free of charge.

“The care provided at the hospice is amazing, but it requires a huge amount of money to keep delivering, and so this is a great way to help raise some much needed funds for the hospice but also have a great time too. What better reason to call and book your team place now!”

MaxSafe Solutions owner and St Vincent’s Hospice supporter Willie Chrystal  is excited about attending the event and said “as a business serving the Paisley and Renfrewshire area I would encourage all local businesses to get involved with this fantastic event.

“‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ is going to be a fun night for colleagues, clients and friends, plus you will be supporting local patient care for those living with life limiting illnesses. So take up the challenge and join me on the night, competing to become the St Vincent’s Champion!

Talking about his involvement Willie said “I regularly work with St Vincent’s Hospice providing free Health and Safety training to staff and volunteers. I witness the outstanding work they do providing vital care, totally free of charge, to the Renfrewshire community. I am delighted to be competing on October 4th.”

Gather together your team of colleagues, clients or friends and compete to win the title of 2013 Quiz Champion and help St Vincent’s Hospice raise £15,000 on the night, to care for local people and their families living with life limiting illnesses.

Reserve your table now by contacting Ashley on 01505 705635 or

Glasgow Airport logo 2013


Passenger numbers up 5.4% in July 2013

Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest July in five years after more than 832,000 travelled through its doors, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

A strong demand from holidaymakers and the solid performance of a number of Glasgow’s long haul routes including Emirates’ double daily Dubai service and United and US Airways’ direct flights to America, contributed to a 3.7% increase in international traffic.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Domestic traffic, which grew by 8%, benefited from the performance of British Airways’ London routes and Flybe’s UK regional services, whilst Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers against Belfast side Cliftonville also provided a welcome boost.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The summer season is always a busy time for the airport but there has been a marked increase in the number of people choosing to fly from Glasgow over the course of the past two months.

“We have enjoyed consistent passenger growth since January 2011 which underlines the progress we are making in terms of securing new routes and services. It is particularly pleasing to see our domestic traffic perform so well and with Glasgow hosting events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and UDO World Street Dancing Championship, we are looking forward to a busy August.”

Glasgow Airport is continuing with its £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Music to Paisley’s ears

With just 10 weeks until The Spree and Royal National Mòd 2013 arrive in Paisley, both festivals have added even more traditional Scottish musical acts to their already busy line-ups.

The Spree (10 – 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd 2013 (11 – 19 October) which will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square. Historic Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year, will provide unique surroundings for a number of events.

Traditional music acts confirmed for the Spree festival this week are:

  • Hugely-popular fiddling duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain who will appear with Ross Ainsie and Jarlath Henderson for a vibrant mix of original compositions and traditional tunes (Saturday 12 October)
  • The award-winning Mànran who perform a unique and powerful blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary music (Wednesday 16 October)
  • Gaelic supergroup Dàimh with a brand new album of high octane Hebridean dance-based instrumentals and imaginative arrangements of Gaelic songs (Tuesday 15 October), and
  • Famed singer Horse McDonald for a rare acoustic performance, specially put together to coincide with the Mòd celebrations (Sunday 13 October).

Tickets for all these shows will be available from from 9am on Friday 2 August.

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni. Comedy nights with Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club will provide the laughs and Denise Mina and Vic Galloway will be showcasing their literary efforts. Tickets for these shows and more are available from The Spree website now.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

While the main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and cèilidh dances – will also take place.

To celebrate the Royal National Mòd coming to Paisley, Mòd Gold Medal winner James Graham hosts an afternoon concert accompanied by James Ross on Saturday 25 August at Holy Trinity & St. Barnabas church.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing James Graham to Paisley. James is a renowned Gaelic singer, and will showcase the depth of Gaelic talent that will be coming to the town this October.’

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. The website has more details.

The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, a historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time. To find out more, please visit


Visiting Paisley by car

The town of Paisley is a fantastic destination for a day out of Glasgow. I discovered this fascinating town almost by chance on one of my road trips around Glasgow, and ever since I have kept coming back for day trips with family and friends. Because there is so much to see and do in Paisley, I highly recommend renting a car, as you will have more flexibility and freedom. A good option is the local Sixt office at Inchinnan Road, which has a range of rental cars that are the ideal size for a visit to Paisley, like a Vauxhall Corsa or a 3-door VW Polo. You can save money on your rental by using a Sixt promo code when you go there. .

Charming Paisley: what to see and do

Starting at Inchinnan Road, drive towards Paisley centre along the Whitecart waterway. I always make a point of taking a walk along this waterway, as both banks are lined with trees and there is a lovely walking trail that goes all the way down to the city centre. I also love stopping by for a cup of tea at the town square between Gilmour and Moss Street. You cannot miss this landmark as there is a war memorial right in the middle.

The cafés here are ideal for people-watching and to ease yourself into the relaxed pace of this town. Paisley Abbey and the town hall are another compulsory stop, as they are surrounded by beautiful gardens that overlook the Whitecart waterway. Don’t miss the colourful stained glass windows inside the abbey, and check with the abbey’s visitor centre to see if there are any events going on (last time I visited I attended a first-class organ concert for free!). For the best views of Paisley, drive to Barshaw Park. Here you will be able to spot Paisley’s main landmarks (like the abbey’s towers) and the rolling hills of Renfrewshire beyond the town limits. The park also has a nice pond, a small zoo, and a café.

If you are anything like me, you will not miss the chance of sampling some traditional Scottish cuisine during a day trip to Paisley. There are many excellent pubs serving great food (and better ales) along New Street and the high street, so just go and find your favourite. Driving through Paisley is really convenient, and you will not find it stressful because the roads are never too busy with traffic. On your way back, you can fill up on petrol at the BP station at Greenock road before returning your car to the Sixt office in Inchinnan Road.


SIXT station Glasgow Airport GLA
64 Inchinnan Road
PA3 2RP Paisley
Phone no. +44-844-4993399
Fax +44-844-2486607

SIXT station Paisley GLAW01
64 Inchinnan Road
PA3 2RP Paisley
Phone no. +44-844-4993399
Fax +44-844-2486607

Recruits are Mòd-el pupils during festival challenge

A group of Renfrewshire teenagers are planning a festival of fun – after devising a series of events for young people when Paisley hosts the Mòd later this year.

The youngsters on Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were tasked with creating a programme of activities for 11-15-year-olds during the event by festival organisers.

The Royal National Mòd – Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture – will come to Paisley for the first time between 11 and 19 October.

The Recruit is a popular council-run youth employment scheme loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice, which sees young people compete through a series of business-related challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

This summer, there are two programmes, one for S5/6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

For the Mòd task, the youngsters on the S5/6 programme were asked to prepare a presentation on their proposals for a fringe programme for young people.

They were also charged with considering budgets and with speaking to local businesses to see if they could secure any deals.

The team judged to be the winners were Team Endeavour, made up of Mateusz Hajdecki, 18; Craig Woods, 17; Rachael Fletcher, 17; Lauren Goldthorp, 16; Shannon Boyle, 18; and Chloe Swordy, 17.

Running the rule over the youngsters’ presentations was Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Organising Committee.

She said: “The Royal National Mòd will be a massive event for the town, with thousands of visitors expected over the nine days.

“The aim of the Recruit task was to ask the young people to generate ideas to help keep other young people entertained, which will complement the main Mòd events.

“The committee will now look to implement the best of the ideas. The young people showed a great deal of initiative and enthusiasm, and I was really impressed with the quality of their suggestions.”

The Mòd is being brought to Paisley by An Comunn Gàidhealach. The main competitions will take place in Paisley Town Hall, with fringe events spread throughout the town.

Taking place at the same time is The Spree national arts festival, which returns after a successful debut last year and has been designed to wrap around the Mòd.

This year’s Recruit will culminate with a finale in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 14 August, at which the winning Recruits will be revealed.


Renfrewshire Chamber launch 10th ROCCO Awards

Get ready to ROCCO…

Renfrewshire Chamber are delighted to announce that their 10th annual business awards, the ROCCOs, are now open for entry. This year the Chamber has 16 ROCCO awards, all free to enter and open to all Renfrewshire Chamber members and also non-members based in Renfrewshire. The awards ceremony itself will be held on the 15th November at The Normandy Hotel with Fred MacAulay returning as host.

rocco2013The ROCCOs are the premier business event in Renfrewshire and have been a sell out for many years filling the venue to its capacity (just under 500).

The ROCCO awards and sponsors for 2013 are:

1. ROCCO Award for Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead
2. ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group
3. ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
4. ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsorship available
5. ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo
6. ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group
7. ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5 & 25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company
10. ROCCO Award for Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway
11. ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
12. ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport
13. ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Reid Kerr College
14. ROCCO Award for Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce
15. ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
16. ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland

Commenting on the launch of the 10th ROCCOs, chamber President Tom Johnston said “I encourage all organisations to consider entering; the ROCCOs are a great way to be recognised for your achievements. And for those wishing to attend and reward staff & clients with a great night I recommend you reserve your seats soon as the event will sell out”.

The shortlist will be announced by the end of September with finals judging taking place mid-October. The closing date for entry is the 6th September 2013 and the twitter hashtag is #2013ROCCO

For more info and to enter please visit


Missing Persons Appeal..

Last seen in Paisley Renfrewshire. Barry’s been missing since Monday night (15/07) and the family are getting really anxious about him. Can people (especially his friends in Scotland) please share this photograph?

If you are in touch with Barry – please ask him to call home and let everyone know he’s alright. If you’ve any information about his whereabouts over the last few days – please get in touch with the Paisley Police force on 0044 (0) 141 532 6180




Photograph of Concorde at Glasgow International Airport

We just came across a cracking photograph taken by John MacIntyre for of Concorde on the apron of Glasgow International Airport. Taken on 11th October 1981 and on it’s first visit of Concorde to Glasgow. (Thanks to Allen McLaughlin for the info)


Some Notable instances of Concorde at Glasgow International Airport.

11 October 1981 – The first scheduled flight from Glasgow to London started with a visit by Concorde.

30th August 1983 – The Glasgow – London Super Shuttle service started using the Boeing 757 rather than the older Trident 3. To mark the occasion, Glasgow was visited by 3 Concordes simultaneously.

United Airlines Celebrates 15th Anniversary
of Glasgow-New York Service

Service has carried 1.5 million customers since 1998

GLASGOW, July 16, 2013 – United Airlines marked 15 years of nonstop service from Glasgow to its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, with an anniversary celebration at Glasgow Airport today. Since it was launched on July 16, 1998, the service has carried over 1.5 million customers.

Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales, UK & Ireland, was joined by Campbell MacKinnon, Operations Director, Glasgow Airport and Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing, VisitScotland, at a celebratory event for customers at the departure gate.


“We thank customers for choosing United over the past 15 years,” said Schumacher. “Glasgow continues to be an important destination with strong customer support for the route. Our flight offers fast access to the most popular tourism and business destination in the United States as well as unparalleled connectivity to cities throughout the Americas via our New York hub.”

Campbell Mackinnon said: “Since its launch in 1998, United’s Glasgow to Newark service has proved extremely popular with business and leisure passengers alike. Not only does it generate considerable in-bound tourism revenue for Glasgow and Scotland, it allows businesses to access and trade with what is the world’s largest economy. Routes such as this enable Scotland to maintain and increase its global competitiveness and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate this landmark anniversary with United.”

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Efficient airline connectivity is key to Scottish tourism in a 21st century landscape. Busy lives and developments in technology mean that we all want to get to places quickly and easily whether that’s for business or leisure. This long-standing United Airlines route has done just that for 15 years, bringing visitors to our shores and generating millions for the Scottish economy. As we prepare to welcome the world in 2014, with a year of astounding events such as the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming, I am sure the New York United Airlines route will be busier than ever and we look forward to welcoming thousands more American visitors to Scotland.”



United flight UA162 departs Glasgow daily at 9:00 a.m. and arrives at New York/Newark at 11:25 a.m. the same day. The return flight, UA161, departs New York/Newark daily at 7:45 p.m. and arrives in Glasgow at 7:30 a.m. the next day (all times local).

From its Newark Liberty hub, United offers flights to more than 300 destinations across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 cities served nonstop.

The Glasgow-New York/Newark flight is operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom.

Onboard products and services

United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service. The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 6-foot, 4-inch lie-flat bed and features an Audio/Video on Demand entertainment system with a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor. BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.

United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and personal seat-back monitor delivering a multi-channel Audio/Video on Demand inflight entertainment system.

United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom. Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane on arrival.

In addition to its Glasgow service, United offers daily non-stop flights from Edinburgh to New York/Newark, which have operated since 2004.
United customers can book flights by visiting, calling United reservations on 0845 607 6760 or contacting their travel agent.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes.

The airline also features DIRECTV® on 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes.

Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May 2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines.

United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

About Glasgow Airport

With some 30 airlines serving more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Gulf, it is Scotland’s principle long-haul airport. In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.

GA LOGO Proud to serve Scotland


Passenger numbers up 5.4% in June 2013

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 775,000 people travelling through the airport in June 2013, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe marked increase in numbers ensured the airport was able to enjoy its busiest June in five years and maintain its pattern of consistent passenger growth which has stretched back to January 2011.

There was a strong demand for domestic traffic which grew by 5.7% and the start of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2% increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone with many heading to popular sun-spots such as the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey.

Glasgow Airport’s long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai all enjoyed an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight with news of further passenger growth.”

On Wednesday 10 July, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its £17 million investment programme with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.