Santa Parade 2012

Santa’s Parade Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre

What a fantastic day it was in Paisley with the Christmas lights being switched on earlier this evening, Paisley on the web were out in force to capture the day. It started from the Piazza Shopping Centre with ‘Santa’s Parade’ starring Buddie the Elf, a parade of vehicles including an open topped bus and a horse and cart with a huge following crowd, and ended with the lights being switched on by Chart Toppers Stooshe. We have all the Paisley Photographs and will be posting them up during tonight and tomorrow. Below is our first batch of photos taken by Ian McDonald for

If you have any photographs you would like to post on here please send them in, all photos will be credited to the photographer..

Keep coming back to the website for more photographs from Paisley today.

Paisley Fireworks display 2012

Anchor Mill Studio were on hand to take some photographs of the build up to Saturdays Fireworks Display in Paisley, as you will see it was a fantastic day all round, well done to everyone involved. would like to announce our new partnership with Anchor Mill Studio. This partnership comes out of the Positive Paisley workshop that we took part in last week as part of the #positivepaisley Day in which over 2005 individual people took part in a 24 hour long promotion of the town.

Anchor Mill Studio also promotes new photography talent.  They took some of their team to the Fireworks Display in town to showcase the wonderful fireworks event which took place.

You can find out more about Anchor Mill Studio by visiting their Facebook page here.

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Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Fireworks were also positioned at various parts of the town with one of our photographers Alex Kyle being positioned just behind the cenotaph with a great view of the Town Hall and the fireworks, here are Alex’s photographs of the evening. There are a lot more photographs to come keep coming back or check our Facebook page or Twitter page for updates.

All photographs below are taken by Alex Kyle of 

Thanks also to Paisley Skate for accommodating one our photographers yesterday. Click here for their Facebook Page.

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Anchor Mill Studio were on hand to take some photographs of the build up to Saturday’s Fireworks Display in Paisley, as you will see it was a fantastic day all round, well done to everyone involved. would like to announce our new partnership with Anchor Mill Studio. This partnership comes out of the Positive Paisley workshop that we took part in last week as part of the #positivepaisley Day in which over 2005 individual people took part in a 24 hour long promotion of the town.
Anchor Mill Studio also promotes new photography talent. They took some of their team to the Fireworks Display in town to showcase the wonderful fireworks event which took place.

Below are some of the photographs they took from Saucelhill showing Paisley Abbey, Paisley Town Hall and also the Anchor Mill in the centre of the photographs, stunning I am sure you will agree..

You can find out more about Anchor Mill Studio by visiting their Facebook page here.


Here is a video of the Paisley fireworks almost in its entirety shot from right next to the Cenotaph. The video was shot on an Iphone so apologies about the slight shakiness of it but it was fairly cold.

If you have any video or photographs you would like to see on the website or our Facebook pages please send them in to full credit will be given.


Naughty Or Nice? Piazza Shopping Centre Competition

You can be in with a chance of winning VIP family tickets to ride on Buddies open top bus during the Piazza Elf Parade on November 10th. Limited availability.

santaNaughty Or Nice – For your chance to win tickets to ride on Buddies’ open top bus during the Christmas parade on November 10th, tell us the naughtiest or nicest present you have given or received. (Keep it clean now!)

How to enter: Email your entry to OR post your entry into Buddies’ post box which can be found at the T-Junction in the Piazza OR search post on Buddies’ wall on Facebook at


Renfrewshire Councils annual fireworks display takes place on Saturday, 3 November 2012 in Paisley town centre.

Elim Christian Fellowship located on Gordon Street in Paisley will be running a “fireworks cafe” also on 3 Nov to coincide with the Councils display.

elimThe café opens at 6.00pm and closes at 7.30pm. For a small donation you can enjoy a hot cup of tea, coffee, home made soup, juice, home baking and biscuits.

All are welcome and all proceeds will be donated to St Vincent’s Hospice in Paisley.
Directions to Elim can be found here


Views of Paisley available to buy now in 2013 Calendar

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to announce that the new calendar, ‘A Tale of Two Decades’, is now on sale.

This fascinating calendar showcases a selection of nostalgic photographs of Paisley, dating from 1960 to 1979. Featuring well-known locations such as the Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and The Watermill Hotel, this year’s calendar is sure to evoke memories for locals who lived in the town during or around that period.

Each of the photographs originate from the archive collection held at Paisley Museum. This collection comprises of over 20,000 historical images dating from the 1850’s up to the present day and features pictures relating to Paisley and other parts of Renfrewshire.

Earlier in the year, when preparations for the 2013 calendar first began, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums enlisted the help of their Facebook followers to help shortlist the huge selection of pictures we had to choose from. As a result, the image of the Christmas Lights over the River Cart from 1979 emerged as the clear favourite and the perfect choice for the front cover of the calendar.

The archive collections are available to view in either Paisley Museum or Paisley Central Library. Copies of images from the historical photographic collection are available on request. A range of postcards and prints are also available to buy from the Museum shop.

A Tale of Two Decades’ is available to buy from Paisley Museum and Paisley Arts Centre now, priced £7.99.


Stooshe get set to switch on Paisley

Chart-topping girl-band Stooshe are set to put an extra bit of spark into Paisleys Christmas Lights Switch on this year.

The band will top the bill at this year’s event which for the first time will have all the main performances funded through private sponsorship.

StoosheStooshe have taken the charts by storm in 2012 with their hits “Love Me” and “Black Heart” and their own unique style and lyrics ripping the traditional girl-band image to shreds.

The girls, who are soon to be supporting J-Lo on her UK tour, will be headlining a full day of festive fun on Saturday 10 November before officially switching on Paisley’s Christmas lights.

Before the big finale there is also a terrific line-up throughout the day including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Singing Kettle.
Renfrewshire Council have so far secured over £16,500 in commercial sponsorship for the event which will be used to fund the performers.
The main acts have been revealed following the announcement that this year Paisley will have two separate Christmas lights and Fireworks events providing a double events boost to the community and local retailers.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “After consulting with local businesses we took the decision to create two back to back all day events for the town centre which will really kick off the countdown to Christmas in style whilst also increasing local participation and providing a major boost to the town’s retailers. We’re also delighted to be working very closely with the business community to support our town centre events programme and for the first time ever fund all the main performers purely through private sponsorship.”

The event kicks off at 12 noon with the Piazza Shopping Centre’s traditional Reindeer parade from Gilmour Street, which will this year be lead by Santa with some special help from Buddie the Elf.

There will also be a Christmas farmers’ market and craft market.

The Clyde 1 Roadshow team will be leading the entertainment on the main stage from 1pm introducing the performers and offering some fantastic giveaways throughout the afternoon.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the line up for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch on. Stooshe are a really current and successful girl-band who’ll definitely bring something fun and different to this year’s event. It’s also great to have the fantastic Red Hot Chilli Pipers and family favourites The Singing Kettle returning as well as a huge range of activities and entertainment going on throughout the day.”

Sponsors so far include the Piazza Shopping Centre, the Paisley Centre, Braehead, St Mirren FC, Ingliston Country Club, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Strathclyde Police, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure and Central Building Contractors.

Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch on Saturday 10 November. To keep up to date with all the event details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter or like

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas light switch on 2012

Double events boost for Paisley
Paisley is set for a double events boost after Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce two separate events in November for the Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Lights switch on.

The previous council combined the two events last year.

Abbey foreworksNow Renfrewshire Council has decided to bring them back as separate all-day events to start the countdown to Christmas in style.

The Paisley Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 3 November.

The town’s Christmas Lights switch-on will be held on Saturday 10 November.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said the decision was reached after discussion with the business community and will deliver two “distinctive, cost-effective events” with increased local involvement.

“First and foremost, this council believes that Paisley deserves and can sustain two big events,” said Councillor Macmillan.

“I am sure that the move will be welcomed by Paisley residents and the thousands of visitors who come to the town to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s also important that we maximise the impact of these events as part of the continuing partnership approach to regenerate Paisley town centre. By having two big events with thousands coming in to Paisley throughout the day on two successive Saturdays, local retailers can get ready for a double boost to start the countdown to Christmas.

“We’ve seen several positive signs for Paisley in recent months.  Those include new shops coming soon to the former Littlewoods store on the High street, the announcement of major residential investment in Gilmour Street, the council’s recent decision to introduce free on street parking in the town centre on Saturdays, and our plans to encourage private property owners to tidy up the appearance of their buildings.”

“When I spoke to business leaders on how we could build on those achievements, there was unanimous backing for the council’s plans not only to restore but further boost these events.

“We are in the process of securing commercial sponsorship for the leading performers at the events.  That demonstrates the commitment of local retailers to our two event strategy and our broader programme for the town centre.

“We will also be increasing local participation and involvement in the town centre events. There are exciting plans to showcase local talent alongside more established performers.

“Overall, these plans are good for the community and economy of Paisley and I look forward to announcing more details in the next few weeks.”

Bob Davidson, chief executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said:  “Big events like these are great for Paisley – for businesses and  residents. And with the great turnout that I am sure these events will get, they’ll put Paisley proudly on the map as a great place for hosting events such as The Spree in October and the Royal National Mod next year. The Chamber encourages businesses to plan for these events and maximise the opportunity they bring – they are a great opportunity to attract new customers.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at The Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley, said:  “There’s a real buzz about Paisley on these big event days as tens of thousands of people come into the town centre.  It’s good news that Paisley will have two big events to launch the run up to Christmas.  I’m sure our stores in the Piazza will be looking to make the most of this opportunity and welcome existing and new customers.”

More details will be announced in the coming weeks on the performers and activities at both events.

To keep up to date with all the details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter