Paisley and renfrewshire Events

A memorial to one of Scotland’s worst-ever human tragedies has been officially unveiled in Paisley town centre.

A crowd of around 100 people gathered earlier today to commemorate the Glen Cinema disaster of 31 December 1929, which claimed the lives of 71 children and injured more than 30.

There had never been a permanent memorial to the tragedy in the town centre but as part of the 90th anniversary, artists Rachel Lowther and Kerry Stewart were commissioned to work with the local community to create one.

And their statue – called Rattle/Little Mother – has now been installed in the town’s Dunn Square – close to the former cinema site.

Members of the community gathered for a short ceremony earlier today, hosted by Renfrewshire’s Deputy Provost Cathy McEwan, with speeches from the artists and community representatives, followed by a piper’s lament.

The ceremony was attended by the two of the remaining survivors of the disaster – Robert Pope and Emily Brown, and their families.

The tragedy happened when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee with more than 600 children present. The metal gates on the main exit doors had been pulled shut, stopping it from opening, leading to a fatal crush.

Addressing the crowd, Depute Provost Cathy McEwan said: “The event is known as Paisley’s Black Hogmanay and local people still feel the pain of the tragedy very deeply.

“The impact on our community was monumental but Paisley people have real strength and pull together in times of need.

“For the first time, we have a place dedicated to the children and families of the Glen Cinema, within sight of the place itself.”

Artists Rachel Lowther and Kerry Stewart both spoke and thanked all involved in the process and Rachel said in her speech: “The Glen Cinema pierced the heart of Paisley and we are very aware of that pain.

“We hope people will come to love the statue but what matters most to us is we did right by Emily and Robert and the families of the Glen Cinema children.”

And Tony Lawler – one of the working group who helped create the memorial – added: “It is important Paisley town centre has a dedicated memorial to be a focus for the annual commemoration service.

“We will never forget the children of the Glen Cinema…this is a fitting and beautiful memorial and this is their space now.”

To create the memorial, Kerry and Rachel worked with community groups including the STAR Project, Paisley Community Trust, and pupils from Paisley Grammar School.

The memorial was funded by the Rotary Club of Paisley and by Future Paisley – the council-led programme of events and activity using the town’s unique culture and heritage to transform its future.

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A memorial to the 71 children who lost their lives in one of Scotland’s worst ever human tragedies is to be unveiled in Paisley town centre next week.

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The Glen Cinema Disaster of 31 December 1929 remains known as Paisley’s Black Hogmanay – yet until now the town centre did not have a permanent memorial for the victims and survivors.

Artists Kerry Stewart and Rachel Lowther were commissioned to work with the local community on a suitable memorial as part of the 90th anniversary of the tragedy.

And their now-finished statue – entitled Rattle/ Little Mother – will be sited in the town’s Dunn Square, across the road from the site of the former cinema, in Dyer’s Wynd.

The tragedy happened when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee with more than 600 children present.

The metal gates on the main exit doors had been pulled shut, stopping it from opening, leading to a crush where 71 children died, and more than 30 were injured.

The memorial will be unveiled at a small ceremony led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron next Tuesday (30 November) at 1pm, joined by members of the local community.

To create the memorial, Kerry and Rachel met with community groups including the STAR Project, Paisley Community Trust, and pupils from Paisley Grammar School, with a working group formed to help drive the project.

An important part of the process was meeting with the two remaining survivors of the tragedy, and their families.

Community activist Tony Lawler – one of the organisers of the annual ceremony to mark the tragedy which takes place every Hogmanay – was a member of the working group.

He said: “It’s important the town centre has a memorial – as it’s about more than remembering the 71 who died, it’s for the survivors and their families too.

“For a long time, people didn’t really talk about the Glen Cinema – the survivors were sent away to convalesce and didn’t get the support they would have if it happened now.

“The existing memorial at Hawkhead isn’t accessible for everyone, so having one in the town centre is important as it will give people a place to go to reflect.

“Since the 80th anniversary we’ve held community-led memorial ceremonies at the Cenotaph but it has a different purpose. This memorial will provide a new focus dedicated to the Glen Cinema.”

Artists Kerry Stewart and Rachel Lowther said: “Having met with survivors Emily Brown and Robert Pope and processed, through research and community engagement, what happened on that terrible day, we wanted to produce something that spoke to and of the children.

“We have tried to create a sculpture that is playful yet serious, that hovers between a nostalgic lost object – a portal to the children of Paisley, 1929 – and a sacred or devotional object, carrying the story of the children as their own protectors.”

The memorial was funded by the Rotary Club of Paisley and through Future Paisley – the council-led programme of events and activity using the town’s unique culture and heritage to transform its future.

Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Glen Cinema remains printed in Paisley’s collective memory as perhaps the darkest day in the history of the town.

“It is important the events of that horrific day should never be forgotten and that’s why this permanent memorial means so much.

“This has been a real community effort – the artists and the groups they have worked with have done a fantastic job to create a sensitive reminder of the tragedy, and all involved deserve praise for their efforts.

“I would invite any members of the local community to join us on Tuesday to see the memorial unveiled.”

Tonight The Bungalow has been booked for a special birthday party. Local well know musician Drew McCormick who was responsible for revitalising the Paisley Music Scene when it was all but gone two decades ago. The movement was called The Bungalow Bar Revival Nights. The success of these nights led to the opening of The Bungalow where it is today in Shuttle street. So The Bungalow is the perfect place for Drew’s 21st (that’s what he told me) If you would like to say Happy Birthday to Drew then pop in for a song or a drink or both. Doors are at 7pm.

Tomorrow night Internationally acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter JJ Gilmour who made his recording debut in 1989 with The Silencers, one of Scotland’s loved bands is playing a solo gig. ‘Jinky’ enjoyed great success throughout Europe and America after joining the band as a backing vocalist though later in the bands career JJ progressed seamlessly to join Jimme O’Neill sharing lead vocals.

Seven action-packed years of gigging and recording ensued during which The Silencers had gold albums and sold almost a million records for BMG/RCA. After this successful period with the band, JJ decided he needed to take on new challenges and embarked upon his solo career.

He recorded his critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Sunnyside P.A.L’ in 2002. The album became the catalyst for establishing his now fiercely loyal fan base and gained wide spread acclaim from his peers as an ‘outstanding debut album’. Now album number five is in the pipeline for JJ. Looks like the gig is a sell out. 

Local singer Leana Zaccarini is appearing tomorrow afternoon from 2pm with the Moonlighters. She is the perfect answer for a ‘pick me up’ after a heavy week at work.  It’ll be a fun afternoon filled with laid back Latin, smooth Swing, ballsy Blues and fabulous Funk.

Littlest Chicken the Tiktok star is heading to The Bungalow on Thursday. He has over half a million fans that follow his online videos. The social media platform TikTok has catapulted the popular Ayrshireman who got the whole of Scotland laughing through the last two lockdowns. As well as performing online comedy, he writes and performs his own songs, and released his first single Hey” last year to much acclaim. He released his second single “Homegrown” in June which he was inspired to write after a drive back from Ayr (where he lived for three and half years) to his hometown of Stranraer. Doors 7pm and tickets are £10/8.

The Cave has another packed ‘Four in a Row’ this week again starting with tonight: Overdrive at 9pm, Tomorrow at 6pm Fire In followed by The State Blues Band at 9pm. On Sunday it is Los Perros. From 6pm.

In the ‘Shoppers Slot’ at The Old Swan tomorrow they have Distant Sun at 4pm. Cammy Millar is back in his usual slot at 4pm on Monday. Lee James on Tuesday at 3pm with Swing, and he’s back on Thursday at 3pm this time for a Trip Through the Decades.

There is a bit of rock going on in the East End at 9pm in Harvies with Midnight Moses. Kennedys ‘Sunday Sesh’ this week is Crackerman at 4pm. The Keg have The Proposal in tonight at 9pm. The last time they played The Keg it was standing room only. Tomorrow night at 9pm it is Warren Capaldi back by popular demand.

The fantastic Mod Life Crisis are playing at Rocknrollas tonight.  The popular band who are well known in Paisley due to their appearances at March of the Mods and ModStuff are sure to fill the dance floor. Doors 7.30pm. Tomorrow night the West End Venue welcomes back The James Experience Born of Frustration doors 7.30pm.

Open Mic Nights this week are Dunky Hunter at The Abbey on Monday from 8.30pm; Stevie D 9pm on Tuesday at Gantry. Wednesday is The Keg’s Open Mic with Johnny Barr and starts at 8.30pm.

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Natalie Don MSP has praised the efforts of Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) staff and volunteers in providing much-needed support for Renfrewshire residents experiencing mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a meeting with RAMH’s Chief Executive, Stephen McLellan, and recently appointed Operations Manager, Claire Gallagher, the MSP for Renfrewshire North and West was informed that the charity, which usually supports around 7,5000 people across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire in their recovery from mental ill health each year, saw an increase of 10 per cent in the number of individuals contacting the organisation during the last 18 months.

Stephen McLellan, Manager of RAMH, said: “We were pleased to speak with Natalie Don MSP to highlight the valuable one-to-one support we are providing to people throughout Renfrewshire during the pandemic – including to many individuals who were previously not known to Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Adult Community Mental Health Team.

“Unsurprisingly, we have been contacted by an increasing number of Renfrewshire residents who are experiencing COVID-19 related anxiety both in terms of the social isolation being suffered during times of restrictions as well as concerns relating to the prospects or reality of unemployment and debt issues.

“Anyone in Renfrewshire aged 16 or over who is experiencing a crisis in their mental health can reach out on an anonymous basis to our FIRST Crisis service which operates out of hours and offers essential personalised support.”

Natalie Don MSP said: “It’s vitally important that we all look after our mental health as much as we can and don’t hesitate to reach out for confidential support offered by dedicated services such as those run by RAMH.

“Through correspondence and conversations with my constituents, I am acutely aware of the range of difficulties and everyday challenges facing a lot of local people during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer RAMH staff and volunteers my heartfelt gratitude for making themselves available to provide life enhancing person-centred support to residents across Renfrewshire.

“I encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to make immediate contact with RAMH’s FIRST Crisis service and give the charity’s trained staff and volunteers the opportunity to gently talk you through steps which can help improve your wellbeing and recovery.”

Renfrewshire residents can contact RAMH’s FIRST Crisis service between 9am-8pm Monday-Friday or 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday on freephone: 0800 221 8929 (or standard rate 0141 848 9090) seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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The ROCCO Awards returned with a roar on Friday 19th November at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew. An ecstatic crowd of 400 people cheered 17 winners being crowned at Renfrewshire’s largest black-tie business event, now in its 17th year. The ambitious destination brand PAISLEY.IS returned as main sponsor for a third year signifying their ongoing support for the Renfrewshire business community.

Chamber President Liz Connolly highlighted the chamber’s achievements since Rocco 2019 and focused on the response in supporting the business community during the pandemic. The guests were piped into the Normandy by the talented St Columba’s School Pipe Band.

Mary Crearie Director, Communities, Housing and Planning Services, Renfrewshire Council gave the principal sponsor address and profiled the economic grant support awarded by Renfrewshire Council of over £53 million to the business community.

The ROCCO raffle raised an outstanding £9,000 supporting St Vincent’s Hospice and Kidney Research UK in memory of much-loved chamber director and friend Elaine Sherlock from Ingliston Country Club & Hotel.

The Rocco favourite host Fred MacAulay kept the audience laughing all evening and the GGC NHS Choir drew a warm and ecstatic response from the guests following their stirring performance with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19.

ROCCO Award for Environmental Sustainability – Sponsored by Paisley Is.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce (West)
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Creation IP.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport.
Winner: Volantes Technical Recruitment Ltd
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Business Resilience – Sponsored by Invest In Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Right Way Credit Union
ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business 2021 – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Squared Insurance Brokers Limited
ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Resilience in Tourism – Sponsored by Paisley Is
Winner: Open Road Scotland
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group
Winner: Carli’s Kindergarten Ltd
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
Winner: Andrew O’Brien J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
Winner: Arnold Clark
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 employees – sponsored by Braehead
Winner: Plush Plans Ltd
ROCCO Award For Outstanding Performing Business 5>25 employees – sponsored by The University of the West of Scotland
Winner: J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Doosan Babcock
Winner: Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
Winner: Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive & Group MD, Arnold Clark

Bob Grant chief exec said” Friday’s event marked a crucial step on the road to normality for our business community. The board and team at Renfrewshire felt it was crucial to run Rocco 2021 this year and plant a flag to mark the resilience and recovery underway. We witnessed a fantastic response from all our sponsors, companies entering and our guests on the night.”

“You can view all images on our Facebook page and comments on #2021Rocco. I encourage all Rocco winners to utilise their win across their PR channels. Thank you to the entire Chamber team for all their work before and on the night to ensure our 400 guests had a great time. Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley.is, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, the Printbrokers for the program, Gary & Jan from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and the Normandy Hotel for the superb meal and service. Thanks also to St Columba’s School Pipe Band who welcomed guests in such style.”

“Finally, thank you the GGC NHS Choir. It was a privilege to have them entertain us with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19 from our wonderful NHS. Planning for Rocco 2022 is already underway, and we hope to see you enter and attend next year.”

View the 2021 ROCCO Awards photo album on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RenfrewshireChamberofCommerce/posts/306925744771863

Members of Paisley & District u3a are in for a reel musical treat.  Top of the festive bill on Thursday 2 December is guest speaker and conductor, Robert Rocke.  He’s sharing how the Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra is “still going strong 132 years on.”  He will show a 30 minutes video featuring orchestral performances since the 1980’s with a commentary outlining the orchestra’s history.  There will be time to share a few anecdotes and respond to questions.  This free talk from 2-3.30pm will be held in the Salvation Army Hall at Mill Street in Paisley.  Doors open at 1.30pm.  

U3a chair, Kathy O’Donnell said: ‘Expect lots of hand clapping and toe tapping as Robert Rocke introduces us to the sounds of music played by fiddlers of all ages.  I’m sure the history of how this longstanding orchestra has developed since1888 will be fascinating.  The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra recently started doing live rehearsals and playing together after 81 weeks of lockdowns and Zoom practices.  Our u3a can enjoy some of their previous recordings, from Scottish jigs and polkas to strathspeys and waltzes.  This promises to be a popular, lively event and a fun-filled way to end the year.’ 

Robert Rocke remarked: ‘Everyone remembers events enlivened by Scottish dance music.  The orchestra aims to keep that music available to audiences.’        

Details of local u3a activities and groups at: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is searching for community heroes across Renfrewshire as nominations open for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

The 2022 event will see seven categories, including one introduced last year to recognise businesses who have adapted to ensure their survival during the Covid19 pandemic.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can send in a nomination for the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by City Gate Construction)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (donated by the late Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)
  • Ingenuity in Business (sponsored by Provost Lorraine Cameron)

This year’s awards will also see the return of an in-person awards ceremony – due to take place in March – after last year’s was conducted online due to the pandemic.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I am delighted and honoured to be able to open nominations for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

“A quarter of a century on from the first edition, we are living through a time which has brought so many challenges, as the pandemic continues – so it is as important as ever we honour those in our community who go above and beyond to help those around them.

“I know Renfrewshire has more than its fair share of unsung heroes and the awards are a great way for them to be recognised.

“It’s always a pleasure to be involved in and the fact the nominations come from the community themselves makes it extra special – so I’m looking forward to seeing your nominations.

The deadline for entries to all categories is Friday 7 January 2022.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2022, or email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Tonight The Bungalow has a rescheduled event, MacMuse a Muse Tribute and they are looking forward to playing the gig in Paisley after a long wait. The band are made up of Muse fans who decided it was time for Scotland to finally have some Muse music to enjoy at a smaller scale than the real thing. From Showbiz to Simulation Theory, a blistering light and sound feast is guaranteed. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £7 on the door.

Tomorrow afternoon The Blue Mantras are back at The Bungalow for their second time and it would have been more if it wasn’t for the pandemic. So it’s nice to see them back in Paisley to play a set of classic songs from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The quartet comprises vocals, keys, double bass and drums. They will be playing from 2pm and the gig is free. 

After the jazz in the afternoon, The Bungalow has a double bill of rock featuring The Alex Harvey Experience and The Sell Out. The ‘Experience’ pay tribute to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and their original trademark distinctive stage costumes: Harvey wore vaudeville-like clothes and his trademark striped shirt, while Zal Cleminson assumed the identity of a “mime” in full make-up and green-yellow jumpsuit. The set covers a wide range of songs from their succession of highly regarded albums from the 1970s such as Faith Healer, Next and Boston Tea Party. The Sell-Out are a Who tribute band and play all the best The Who has to offer with a few from the renowned operas Tommy and Quadrophenia written by Pete Townsend. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £12.

On Sunday The Bungalow are throwing open their stage to anyone that wants to perform or jam. Organisers Johnny Barr and Erin Hephzibah told me “We’re excited to announce our new Weekly Open Stage and House Band” It starts at 3pm and is Free Entry. All ages welcome to take part. If you’d like to perform, drop The Bungalow a Facebook Message.

The Bungalow Introducing Nights are attracting big crowds every week now. This week they expect over 100 on Thursday night to see Too Red headline, supported by Red Bandit and Torrs. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £5/3.

The ‘Four in a Row’ at The Cave this week is: Midnight Moses tonight at 9pm, tomorrow Sad Ida at 6pm followed by Splendid Suns at 9pm then on Sunday at 6pm it is Blue Horizon.  

Tonight at The Old Swan is Complete Madness. This gig is always popular and as ever it is a high energy bouncing night that is so in demand with the Swan regular’s year in year out. Doors are at 6pm and tickets which are running out are £10. Tomorrow in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ at 4pm is The Dughoose Ska Band. Lee James presents That Swing Thing on Tuesday at 3pm and on Thursday at the same time he ‘Takes You Through The Decades’. Cammy Miller will be in his usual spot on Monday at 4pm.

Cherry Red 53 are playing at Kennedy’s on Sunday from 3pm. If you like a bit of old fashioned rock n roll this is the band to watch. The 3 piece Rockabilly Band play some Rock n Roll, and Swing from the likes of Stray Cats, Eddie Cochran and all the early greats.  The Keg have Axis in tonight from 9pm and tomorrow night at the same time it is The O.T. Sophie is a Zambretto on Saturday from 8.30pm. Open Mic Nights this week are Dunky Hunter at The Abbey on Monday from 8.30pm; Stevie D is at 9pm on Tuesday at Gantry. Wednesday is The Keg’s Open Mic with Johnny Barr starts at 8.30pm. House guitar and Cajon provided. Also on Wednesday And Lindsay’s monthly open mic at the Patter Bar is on and kicks off at 8pm. As always Andy’s cry is “Come on doon and gie’s a tune”

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Five Carnival super fans will get unlimited access to the biggest show in town

The IRN-BRU Carnival is on the hunt for five super fans to take on the role of ambassadors as the lights go up, the music goes on and all the fun of the fair returns for 2021.

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The IRN-BRU Carnival has, for over 100 years, stood as one of Glasgow’s favourite festive traditions and generations of the same families return year on year to Europe’s largest indoor funfair.

Last year, the Carnival was forced to take a break and close its doors as the SEC became NHS Louisa Jordan. But now, the IRN-BRU Carnival is back with a bang and searching for five of the biggest carnival fans in the country to join them as official ambassadors. 

The five super fans will gain free, unlimited access to Europe’s largest indoor funfair and capture pictures, videos and stories of their visits for the Carnival’s social media and their own personal channels.

Becoming an ambassador will effectively hand the five the keys to the IRN-BRU Carnival – and they will be able to visit the event as many times as they like between Wednesday 22 December 2021 and Sunday 16 January 2022 and go on whatever rides they want*

Greg Cherry, Managing Director of Carnival organisers, QD Events, said: “It seems like so long since we opened our doors for the last IRN-BRU Carnival in 2019 and everyone, from the team behind the scenes to the show-people and staff on the floor, can’t wait to welcome people back from Wednesday 22 December.

“Our ambassadors are an important part of our extended family and help showcase the IRN-BRU Carnival in all its glory. 

“There is no upper age limit for applicants – anyone can become an ambassador. All we ask is that people have a genuine passion for the event and a love for sharing their stories. 

“It’s a great opportunity for a superfan to gain unlimited access to this year’s event and help show what’s magic about the IRN-BRU Carnival.”

People can apply directly to become carnival ambassadors or nominate someone who they think is perfect for the role.

To apply, applicants (who must be 5 or over) should submit a short video of no more than 20 seconds, telling the Carnival team why they or the person they are nominating should become an ambassador. Entries should be sent to carnival@framecreates.co.uk or upload their video to Instagram tagging @irnbrucarnival and using #carnivalambassador before the 3 December 2021.  

The IRN-BRU Carnival returns on Wednesday 22 December 2021 and will be open until Sunday 16 January 2022. Entry tickets are available from £10 (for concessions, aged 60+) and with children under three going free. Tickets are available online now at www.irn-bru-carnival.com.**

* Access for ambassadors is subject to availability

*Any ambassador under the age of 12 must always be accompanied by an adult.

* Closed on Christmas Day. A booking fee applies to online bookings.

Christmas is coming to Paisley town centre with a whole host of activities for all the family to enjoy!

In association with Renfrewshire Council, Paisley First will be hosting free family entertainment each weekend leading up to Christmas in December with Festive Stilt walkers, Magicians, Jugglers, Balloon modellers, face painting, music and lots more!

Get your skates on for our roller rink! County Square will be home to a festive roller rink in the town centre from Saturday 4th – Sunday 19th December.
Plus, Santa’s Reindeer will also be in town on Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th December.

Make the most of our weekend Christmas Market or enjoy our free family trail – find all our Christmas characters for your chance to win prizes!

Or why not book our Pop up Panto, Wee Red Riding Hood, taking place on Saturday 18th December at Coats Venue.

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “We are making up for last year and bringing festive fun for the whole family to enjoy back to Paisley town centre!

“We’ll have entertainment for the kids, a chance for you to get your Christmas shopping sorted and plenty of food and drink venues to help you make the most of festive family get-togethers.
“And don’t forget, Paisley’s Christmas Golden Ticket Competition is back with £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners!
“Paisley is the only place to be this Christmas!”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to be working with local businesses through Paisley First and to have helped make Paisley’s Big Christmas Weekends possible.
“The team at Paisley First have put on a great programme of activities, which gives families lots of reasons to come into Paisley town centre in the weeks running up to Christmas this year.

“Money spent in the local economy stays in the local economy – Paisley is home to a great selection of local businesses and we encourage Renfrewshire residents to see what’s on offer and Spend Local wherever they can.”

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so you can support the local community and its businesses while enjoying a great day out for all the family!
See www.paisleyfirst.com for details and how to book our Roller Rink and Pop-up Panto.

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Renfrewshire has paid tribute to the Armed Forces as residents attended services across the area to mark Remembrance Sunday.

The largest service took place at the Cenotaph in Paisley town centre where military personnel from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy paraded around the town centre.

A short service then saw a series of readings by local ministers, before the Royal British Legion presented their standards.

A bugler played a moving rendition of the Last Post ahead of the traditional two-minute silence, following which wreaths were laid on behalf of the Armed Forces, schools, local organisations and community groups.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost Cathy McEwan, who laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Renfrewshire, said: “This weekend provides us all with an opportunity to pay our respects to the Armed Forces, past and present, for all they do to keep us safe, while remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can live our lives as we do today.

“It was fantastic to see so many people turn out across Renfrewshire once again as services returned to towns and villages for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

For those who were unable to attend a service in-person, Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Renfrewshire Reflects’ film featuring representatives from local communities aired on the council’s social media channels from 10:20am on Remembrance Sunday, finishing with the national two-minute silence.

In addition to the video, this years Remembrance Day podcast highlights the work of Poppyscotland to celebrate 100 years of the Poppy as the national symbol of Remembrance. Landmarks across Renfrewshire have also been lit in red to mark the occasion.

Services took place at Elderslie, Houston, Kilbarchan, Renfrew, Paisley, Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Johnstone and Bridge of Weir. For more information, visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/remembrance2021

Remembrance Sunday services are set to return to Renfrewshire for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with parades and services scheduled to take place in towns and villages across the region.

Paisley Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Service

On 14 November, parades will take place from 9.45am to mark Remembrance Sunday, with a two minutes silence at 11am, and all are invited to attend at the following locations:

Elderslie                      9.45am

Houston                       10.00am

Kilbarchan                   10.45am

Renfrew                      10.45am 

Paisley                        10.45am 

Lochwinnoch               10.45am  

Howwood                    10.45am     

Johnstone                   10.45am     

Bridge of Weir             3.00pm       

For those who are unable to attend a service in person, Renfrewshire Council have commissioned an update to the film ‘Renfrewshire Reflects’ which was released in the absence of in-person Remembrance events in 2020. The video, featuring representatives from communities across Renfrewshire and focusing on the importance of Remembrance, will premiere on the council’s social media channels to tie in with the national two-minute silence on Sunday 14 November and will be available on the council website and Youtube channel immediately after.

In addition to the video, this years Remembrance Day podcast highlights the work of Poppyscotland, celebrating 100 years of the Poppy as the national symbol of Remembrance. Landmarks across Renfrewshire have also been lit in red this week to mark Poppyscotland’s Light Up Red campaign.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Every year at this time we stop to remember those we have lost, and this year everyone will be able to pay their respects in a way that suits them, whether in person or from the comfort of their own home.

“It’s so important that we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and I look forward to the community once again coming together to show their gratitude for all that have gone before us.”

For more information, visit: https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/Remembrance2021