Paisley Photographs, official Paisley website containing Photographs of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland with some superb videos of Paisley and the town.


We are the Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse. We are people of faith who wish to raise awareness about domestic abuse and the effect it has on families. Our message would always contain hope as help is available when the person in the situation is ready to leave. One of the ways we have raised awareness over the years is with a shoe exhibition where each pair of shoes represents a person who was hurt or who died through abuse, or someone who stands in solidarity with them. Each pair of shoes has a comment from the person who wore them.


The idea for the film came from the shoes. Once we had found a local filmmaker and secured funding, it took about a year altogether to complete the project. Paul Mothersole, who made the film, really understood what we were trying to achieve, and worked collaboratively with us and with the many people who contributed their talents and time. We are very grateful to our funders, to all who took part and to Paul, who delivered exactly what we had in mind and more.


We hope that this film will have many viewers and provide a useful resource in both raising awareness of abuse and for training purposes.



Excellence in Tourism award - Ingliston

Ingliston Country Club and Hotel staved off fierce competition to be named the inaugural winner of the Excellence in Tourism award at the ROCCO Business Awards 2018, hosted by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

Excellence in Tourism award - Ingliston

The hotel was part of a stellar shortlist which also included Scottish Opera for their performance of Pagliacci at ‘Paisley Opera House’ and the five-star Visit Scotland entertainment and leisure venue, The Experience in Hillington.

Each finalist gave a presentation to a judging panel and the family-run business took home the accolade after being praised for their innovation and care for their staff, as well as their aim to establish the venue as a must-visit attraction in the Renfrewshire area.


Paul Fraser, Ingliston Country Club & Hotel Owner, said: “I could not be more proud that the team at Ingliston has collected this award.

“It’s fantastic for the local area to have so many thriving businesses and we were up against tough competition. It really is a team effort and it’s a fantastic moment for me to see everyone’s hard work and commitment recognised in this way.”

Renfrewshire’s innovative new tourism brand PaisleyIs was the title sponsor of the 2018 awards, which aim to recognise excellence in the business community.

ROCCO winners

Embracing this theme, PaisleyIs introduced the Excellence in Tourism Award this year which set out to identify the businesses that create a fantastic visitor experience in the area.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Renfrewshire Council’s events, marketing and communications, said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the ROCCOs this year as we celebrate excellence in the business community across all sectors and with PaisleyIs being the official guide to visiting and investing in Renfrewshire, it was clear the brand was the perfect choice to be the headline sponsor.

“Our new award was closely contested, and it showed the fantastic tourism options that Paisley and Renfrewshire has to offer and we’re delighted to be able to recognise these fantastic businesses through these awards.”

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader, Councillor Jim Paterson, gave the business community an insight into the new brand on the night and outlined why it is such an exciting new venture for the area.

Councillor Paterson said: “PaisleyIs is an exciting opportunity to grow Renfrewshire as a visitor destination and our businesses will be at the heart of this transformation.

“It was great to see so many businesses from all sectors being recognised for their innovation, workforce development and outstanding customer service.”

VisitScotland have worked closely with PaisleyIs as the destination brand develops and their Regional Director, Gordon Smith, was on hand to present the award at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “It was a pleasure to present the Excellence in Tourism Award to the Ingliston Country Club and Hotel at the ROCCO Awards and a big well done to the other finalists, The Experience and Scottish Opera. Ingliston has done an incredible job of adding stunning visitor accommodation to their first-class equestrian centre.

“Ingliston Country Club and Hotel is an example of tourism being more than a holiday experience – tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.

“We need to continue encourage the industry to provide world class service, facilities, events and attractions to keep up with ever-changing consumer demands and ensure visitors continue to have memorable experiences.”

The ROCCOs are in their 15th year and have established themselves as Renfrewshire’s principle business event, bringing together business from across all sectors.

£11,000 was raised on the night for local charities and good causes, with the main beneficiaries being St Vincent’s Hospice and Paisley YMCA digital fabrication project.

Renfrewshire Chamber Chief Executive Bob Grant, said: Rocco 2018 will be remembered as a Rocco record-breaker. The event sold out in record time, we had a record number of awards and raised a record amount for our two Rocco charities.

“A massive thank you to all our sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes and a hearty congratulations to all who made the shortlist and our 17 worthy winners.”

For more information on new destination brand for Paisley and Renfrewshire, visit and follow on social media @paisleyis.

ROCCO winners

A sell-out crowd of 500 people witnessed 17 Awards presented at Rocco 2018 on Friday 16th November at the Normandy Hotel Renfrew. Renfrewshire’s principal business event now in its 15th year was sponsored by, the new destination brand for Paisley and Renfrewshire. Chamber President Tom Johnston welcomed the audience warmly and showcased the chamber’s achievements in the last year.

ROCCO winners

Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay MSP spoke as a special guest and emphasised the economic success and future investments coming to the area, acknowledging the vital contribution of the Chamber to the local economy.


Deputy Council Leader Jim Paterson gave the main sponsor address and highlighted the opportunities showcased via the destination website, considered the place to find out all that is happening in Paisley and Renfrewshire. The audience were given branding toolkits and encouraged to use the new brand on their own media channels to help promote Renfrewshire to the world.    


The ROCCO raffle raised a record-breaking £11,000 with individual pledges of £1000 each from intu Braehead and the Normandy Hotel for local charities and good causes with main beneficiaries St Vincent’s Hospice and Paisley YMCA’s digital fabrication project.


The outstanding entertainment was provided by talented emerging artists from Scottish Opera; Mezzo-soprano Bethan Langford, pianist Erika Gundesen and soprano Lucy Anderson. General Director Alex Reedijk emphasised the importance of young people building on three sell-out shows of Pagliacci in the summer at Paisley Opera House. He noted the support of the community in bringing these performances to life. Rocco favourite Fred MacAulay hosted and was enthralled by all three performers. The Rocco audience were in awe of the talented artists who received thunderous applause. The Rocco Twitter Wall proved a great hit with all the guests and saw #2018Rocco trending on the night reaching almost 300,000 accounts and 1.1 million impressions…


ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Services – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group:
Winner – Polly Rose Ltd


ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce West – sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce (West):
Winner NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde – Workforce Employability Team


ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Creation IP:
Winner – Terumo Aortic


ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by University of the West of Scotland:
Winner – Rolls-Royce Plc


ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport:
Winner – Bridge of Weir Leather Company Ltd


ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – sponsored by Invest in Renfrewshire / Renfrewshire Council:
Winner – Carli’s Kindergarten Ltd

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Business Gateway:
Winner – Shore Wraps Ltd

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – sponsored by the Paisley Daily Express:

Winner – Pandamonium Playcentre


ROCCO Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by

Winner – Ingliston Country Club & Hotel


ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by the Malcolm Group:
Winner – Ingram Brothers Ltd

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland:
Winner – Andrew McMillan & Ryan McIlravey – FE Live Audio

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce:
Winner -Ingliston Country Club & Hotel

ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & Royal Bank of Scotland:
Winner – Klas Care C.I.C. Ltd

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Business <5 employees – sponsored by intu Braehead:
Winner – FE Live Audio Ltd


ROCCO Award for Outstanding Business  <25 employees –  sponsored by Renfrewshire Council:
Winner – Allstaff Ltd

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Business >25 employees – Sponsored by Terumo Aortic:
Winner – Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo:

Winner – Jonathan Hinkles – Managing Director, Loganair Ltd

Commenting on the awards, Chamber chief executive Bob Grant said “Rocco 2018 will be remembered as a Rocco record-breaker. The event sold out in record time, we had a record number of awards and raised a record amount for our two Rocco charites.


A massive thank you to all our sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes and a hearty congratulations to all who made the shortlist and our 17 worthy winners.


The success of our 15th Rocco reflects the growth we see in the Renfrewshire economy. proving to be a fantastic selling point for Renfrewshire with our new destination brand already gaining global traction as the go to place for news of activity and investment.


You can view all images on our Facebook page and comments on #2018Rocco.  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 500 guests had a great time.  Special thanks to principle sponsor, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, Mark from Flash Bang Booth, The Printbrokers for the program, Gary from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and the Normandy Hotel for the superb meal and service.


Finally, thank you to Scottish Opera. It was a privilege to watch performances from three 2018/19 Emerging Artists: mezzo-soprano Bethan Langford, pianist Erika Gundesen and soprano Lucy Anderson. Planning for Rocco 2019 is already underway, and we hope to see you enter and attend next year.”

07 Nov 2018 - Adoptions - Barry and Lynn Cook from Renfrew with their 4-year-old son (9)

Barry and Lynn Cook have lovingly created a special gift for their four-year-old son which they will hand over when they think he’s old enough.

07 Nov 2018 - Adoptions - Barry and Lynn Cook from Renfrew with their 4-year-old son (9)

But it’s no ordinary present – instead it’s a ‘life story box’ for their son full of mementoes and photographs to explain his background to him later in life.

The couple from Renfrew adopted their much -loved son when he was just weeks old and are sharing their story as part of Adoption Week Scotland.

They say that Christmas four years ago was the most special festive season ever as just days earlier their baby son came to live with them.

After three failed rounds of fertility treatment, the couple had decided that adoption was the way forward for them.

07 Nov 2018 - Adoptions - Barry and Lynn Cook from Renfrew with their 4-year-old son (5)

They registered their interest in becoming adoptive parents with Renfrewshire Council and were visited by a social worker in the first step of the process.

Barry, 39, said: “When he’s old enough we will sit down and have a proper conversation with him.

“Being able to have our son has changed our lives. We had already talked about adoption when it became clear there were issues with us conceiving. The fertility treatments were hard on Lynn and we decided not to go down that road any further.”

07 Nov 2018 - Adoptions - Barry and Lynn Cook from Renfrew with their 4-year-old son (4)

The next step was attending ‘Preparation Groups’, set up to ensure prospective adopters are equipped for the reality of parenting. The groups also allow them to meet others who have already successfully adopted.

Barry said: “It’s almost like training in what kinds of thing you can expect and also like an informal interview with social workers. They present the realities and make it clear that there is some hard work involved and that children will come from a variety of backgrounds with sometimes traumatic experiences.

“After the first session we actually laughed because our brains were so full of information. But the great thing was we heard the stories of other adopters because you were hearing the ups and downs of real stories. You’re getting it warts and all and it just brought it to life.”

18 months on from those first preparation groups, the couple’s social worker contacted them to say they had a child in mind for them, an 11-week-old baby boy.

Barry said: “Our situation is fairly unique as it’s very unusual to get a baby. We also got to name him which was pretty special.”

Lynn said: “No matter how prepared you think you are it turns your life upside down but we absolutely loved it.

“Because he was so young we weren’t worried that we wouldn’t bond with him and we got lots of information from the foster carers he’d been with. We still visit them to this day because they love hearing what our son’s getting up to.

“We wanted to keep in touch because we thought it was an important part of his story.”

Their son, who is now four, started nursery school in November 2017 and Barry added: “We’ve had a lot of support from the social work adoption team and that’s still ongoing if we need it.

“There’s a lifelong commitment from them to you and your child. Some people want to adopt and get on with their own life, but we’ve kept in touch with some of the other couples we met during the process.

“It’s great to chat about how they’ve dealt with certain issues, especially with some of the ones who have older children. “

Renfrewshire’s Council Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “We are committed to ensuring that all children to reach their full potential and for some that means joining new families who can give them the love, care and security their birth family are unable to provide.

“Our experienced adoption team is on hand to guide families through the process and beyond.

“I’m delighted that the Cooks have shared their story because as well as having a positive impact on the lives of young people and children, adoption benefits communities and society as a whole by giving children a better future.”

To become an adopter you don’t have to be a parent or have any parenting experience, and applicants from any religious or cultural background are welcome.

You can be unemployed and can be single, married, cohabiting, or in a civil partnership and can own or rent your property. Prospective adopters do need to be 21 or over, have a spare room and be in good health.

Adoption Week Scotland runs from Monday 19 November until Friday 23 November and aims to raise awareness. An information event is being held at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library on 22 November from 3- 6pm

If you think you can provide a loving home for a child, please contact our adoption team on 0300 300 1199 or send an email to:

mhairi black


A UN expert has said that UK ministers are living in a “state of denial” over the extreme poverty existing around the country, and has welcomed the Scottish Government’s attempts to counteract Westminster welfare cuts.
mhairi black

The UN Rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said today that he was extremely surprised that UK Ministers were “happy” with the way in which their welfare policies were playing out. Mr Alston was speaking at the end of his ten day investigation into poverty in the UK.

The human rights expert visited areas across the UK, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, during his investigation, and has reported on the effects of the UK Government’s failing efforts to tackle poverty in the UK, the impact of austerity measures, welfare cuts, Universal Credit, and Brexit.

Mr Alston also highlighted that many of the flaws in the social security system were a result of political choices, saying that “if a new minister was interested, if a new government was interested, the worst aspect of these policies could be changed overnight and for very little money”.

Esther McVey – who has steered the shambolic roll-out of Universal Credit since January – resigned yesterday in protest at the Prime Minister’s handling of a Brexit deal, after facing months of criticism for her refusal to scrap the botched policy.

MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black said:

“the UN Rapporteur has confirmed what many have been saying all along, the UK Governments austerity programme targets societies most vulnerable people and has shifted thousands of people into absolute poverty.

“In Renfrewshire we have seen a drastic rise in food bank use since the rollout of universal credit. Food banks are not part of the welfare state. They are a symbol that the welfare state is failing.

“It is time for the Scottish Parliament to have the full powers to prevent even more people being dragged into hardship. We can have a fair welfare system that puts people’s dignity at the forefront.”

paisley christmas lights photograohs 2018

Families enjoyed a full day of free fun, with Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron carrying out the big switch on.

She was helped by 11-year-old Skye Thomson, from Paisley’s Heriot Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

paisley christmas lights photograohs 2018

 Earlier in the day, a glittering parade with hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters and Santa Claus and his reindeers wound its way through the town centre.

Photographs of the Cutkelvins performing on stage before the big switch on was made as well as some photographs around the town taken by David Cameron on behalf of

More than 27,000 people flocked to Paisley town centre to enjoy this years’ Christmas Lights spectacle.

Families enjoyed a full day of free fun, with Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron carrying out the big switch on. 

She was helped by 11-year-old Skye Thomson, from Paisley’s Heriot Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

 Earlier in the day, a glittering parade with hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters and Santa Claus and his reindeers wound its way through the town centre. 

Many families got an early start on Christmas shopping with the town centre shops open for business and The Urban Market at Paisley Abbey. 

The main stage featured entertainment from Capital FM DJs Des Clarke, Steven Mill and Garry Spence, with performances from family favourites Funbox, while the Princesses of Pop paid tribute to the music of Ariana Grande and Little Mix. 

X-Factor stars The Cutkelvins entertained the crowds just before the big Christmas countdown. 

Provost Cameron said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the big events in the winter calendar and this year didn’t disappoint.

“It was great to see so many families and young people coming into the town centre to mark the start of the festive season and take part in all the activities on offer. 

“I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a peaceful and Merry Christmas when it comes.” 

The winter event thrills will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday, 24 November and Johnstone on Saturday, 1 December. 

Paisley First’s WinterFest also opens in the town centre on 24 November and runs daily until December 30, except for Christmas Day.

clyde bridge

A major project to transform the Clyde waterfront, connect communities and bring thousands of jobs and investment to the regional economy has taken a significant step forward.

clyde bridge

Scottish Government ministers today (Friday 16 November 2018) approved the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project.

It is expected to create more than 2300 jobs and inject £867million into the regional economy, ranking it one of the top performing economic growth projects in the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The project will see construction of the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde, linking Renfrew and Yoker. It has been designed by leading engineering consultancy Sweco working with Kettle Collective, the award-winning architects behind the Falkirk Wheel.

clyde bridge

The crossing will greatly improve access to employment, education, health and leisure for communities on both sides of the river and increase access for businesses to more customers and suppliers.

It also includes new roads, walkways and cycle routes into a 150-acre site next to Glasgow Airport being developed into a manufacturing district, which has already attracted two national innovation centres, the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and a major centre revolutionising medicines manufacturing.

clyde bridge

“This is fantastic news for the entire city region and for Scotland,” said Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, welcoming the waterfront planning decision.

Councillor Nicolson added: “The completed project and subsequent regeneration has the potential to deliver a significant economic boost to the Glasgow City region.

“Current businesses will gain access to more customers and suppliers, while new companies and developers will be attracted to locate to the regenerated waterfront.

clyde bridge

“Communities on both sides of the Clyde will benefit from greatly improved access to their work, to education and to hospitals through the new connections which will also help reduce congestion and improve journey times.

“It builds on the development of the new manufacturing district which will bring thousands of new high skilled jobs and training opportunities to Renfrewshire and the wider region and help secure the future of Scotland’s vital manufacturing industry.

“We will continue to work closely with neighbouring councils to ensure the project delivers on its significant potential and the benefits reach all communities on both sides of the Clyde.”

There has been strong support for the project during extensive engagement over a two-year period, with surveys signalling 90 percent backing for the plans.

Public engagement helped identify the preferred bridge location, guaranteed environmental enhancements and ensured all new roads come complete with pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes.

Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside is one of three Glasgow City Region City Deal-funded projects in Renfrewshire alongside the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project, which will deliver the underpinning infrastructure behind the new manufacturing district and the flagship Airport Access Project, creating a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley Gilmour Street and Glasgow Central Station.

The £1.13billion City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities to deliver improved infrastructure, create new jobs, tackle unemployment and drive innovation and growth.

It has already helped 8085 people across the region into jobs through a pioneering youth gateway programme, including 745 in Renfrewshire.

Tony Fitzpatrick, Councillor Cathy McEwan and St Catherine's Primary pupils (3)

Pupils at St Catherine’s Primary in Paisley were delighted to receive a visit from Renfrewshire Council gritter ‘Tony Gritzpatrick’ yesterday after the name they submitted was voted to be one of nine famous names for the gritting machines.

Tony Fitzpatrick, Councillor Cathy McEwan and St Catherine's Primary pupils (3)

Pupils from the school’s Citizenship Committee wanted to honour friend of the school and St Mirren legend Tony Fitzpatrick, and the man himself took the time to pay them a visit and meet his winter namesake.

Tony said: “It’s fantastic that the young people at St Catherine’s Primary put my name forward for one of the gritters and I’m humbled to have been chosen.

Tony Fitzpatrick in his winter namesake

“The competition caught the imagination of everyone, for all the names, and I just want to again say thank you to everyone who voted, and especially to the pupils at St Catherine’s.”

The pupils had taken part in the council’s #NameOurGritters competition which set out to recognise the local heroes within Renfrewshire who keep the area moving throughout the winter period.

Famous faces, places and landmarks were sought for their new names and Tony’s gritter will be joined by names such as Ploughlo Grittini, Fridge of Weir and Paisleigh.

Lauren Berry, Head of St Catherine’s Citizenship Committee, said: “The pupils were delighted to take part in the competition and had fun coming with ideas and learning about what happens to prepare for winter.

“They’re all big fans of Tony and they’re thrilled that their suggestion was chosen as one of the winners and that they got to meet the newly-named gritter alongside their hero!”

The competition was part of the annual #RenReady campaign which aims to prepare local communities, groups and businesses for the effects of winter weather.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The competition reached people of all ages and we received more than 1600 suggestion and over 8000 votes in the final polls which is fantastic.

“We need to celebrate the people who work in our gritting teams, our Care at Home staff and our homeless support team as these are the people keeping Renfrewshire going throughout the winter, and this competition gave us the chance to highlight that.

“We saw last year the trouble an unexpected weather event can cause so it’s important that we are all #RenReady to cope with anything winter can bring.

“Please check our website for advice and guidance on how to keep safe this winter.”

For more information on the competition, visit, and for advice and guidance on how to be prepared for winter, visit

Tony Fitzpatrick book launch

St Mirren football legend Tony Fitzpatrick escaped a life of poverty and violence to become a trophy-winning footballer, manager and now chief executive.

Tony Fitzpatrick book launch

Tony has penned his autobiography, Fitzy – The Story of My Life, revealing many humorous and heart-breaking tales of his time in and out of football.

Bullied at school, he was seconds away from taking his own life by drowning himself in the Forth and Clyde Canal and was saved when he found a tiny statue of the Virgin Mary he had been carrying around in his pocket.

Tony tells of the violence that was the norm in his life and how he was arrested for carrying a knife and attacked by a machete-wielding thug, who left him with his pinkie hanging off his hand by a thread.

He tells how as a teenager he was left devastated after Aston Villa told him he would never make it as a footballer because he was too small.

Tony defied his Celtic-daft father and signed for St Mirren. It was a good move on his part though, as when he was still a teenager, Saints manager, Alex Ferguson made him team captain. But not before Tony’s dad had to phone Fergie pretending to be the family doctor assuring him the young footballer was fit enough to play after suffering pleurisy!

Tragedy struck at the height of Tony’s football career when his six-year-old son, Tony Jr. died from cancer. And if burying his boy wasn’t heart-breaking enough, when Tony returned home after the funeral, he discovered callous thieves had ransacked his house, stealing anything and everything they could load on to a furniture van.

Tony goes on to win the Scottish Cup with St Mirren and tastes alcohol for the first time by drinking champagne from the trophy in the Hampden dressing room. He also describes at length the worst moment of his football career. The St Mirren game against Hammarby, who scored two last-minute goals to put them out of the UEFA Cup, still haunts him.

Tony twice becomes manager of St Mirren and admits he behaved like a “mad chimp” during his first stint in the dugout – trying and failing to emulate Fergie and his infamous hairdryer treatment.

But in charge for a second time, he tricked his players with a bogus scouting report to get them fired up to win a game that would save the club from relegation.

He was sacked after constant battles with the board and Tony goes on to run Livingston FC’s youth development programme. He pours thousands of his own money into the club and loses it all when the club goes into administration. But he bounces back and as part of a groundbreaking police initiative, works with some of the most violent young men in Glasgow’s gangs encouraging them to give up the blade and the gun.

Now the chief executive of St Mirren FC, Tony’s must-read autobiography is a heart-warming story of personal triumph over adversity.

Fitzy – The Story of My Life is published by Macdonald Media Publishing and is available from for only £11.99.