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Paisley Photographs of the Santas Parade 2012

The winners of the Piazza Shopping Centre’s competition to ride on the open top bus were Kodey McDonald and his mum Lisa Townsley.

The parade was a great success and as you can see from the photographs below they featured not only Santa Claus but an old style Tunnock’s Teacakes truck, Buddie the Lion mascot, the Rockettes, Brazilian Samba band and lots more. Keep coming back to the website for more photographs from around Paisley today.

Photographs of the competition winners and ‘Santa’s Parade’ taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

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

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 www.paisley.org.uk

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.

Johnstone Pipe Band

Pipers bag Glasgow Airport funding for new equipment

 

Pipers of all ages from across Renfrewshire are set to benefit from money for new equipment through the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

 

Johnstone Pipe Band’s ‘learner’ class now has 30 members, following a successful recruitment drive. The band itself has 36 members, and 20 of these are under 18.

An award of £1,000 from the FlightPath Fund will fund the purchase of new chanters, drum skins, snares and beaters which will help to ensure that the learners are able to progress to playing bandsmen.

 

Johnstone Pipe Band is run by volunteers and performs at local, national and international events and competitions. The members also work with schools in the town introducing pupils to pipe music, and explaining the disciplines and life skills that can be learned, and the official qualifications that can be achieved by joining up.

 

Alan McGeoch, secretary of Johnstone Pipe Band, said: “This new equipment will provide a massive boost to both the learner classes and the band. I am also hopeful it will also enable us to attract new members and learners by showing that as well as providing excellent tuition, we have high standards when it comes to equipment.”

 

Glasgow Airport’s operations director Campbell Mackinnon added: “Johnstone Pipe Band does great work in the community by encouraging people, particularly young people, to learn and perform a style of traditional Scottish music.

 

“This award from the FlightPath Fund will enable the band to continue its work at a local level, while also representing Johnstone and Renfrewshire at national and international events and competitions.”

Find out more about Glasgow Airport and the Flight Path Fund here.

Paisley Museum

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Museum Gallery

Paisley Museum opened its doors last night to the new look Pillar Gallery which is the main hall where Buddie the Lion used to be. Buddie was the first thing visitors would see when entering the room, and the good news is that he  is still in pride of place and overlooks a stunning space full of Paisley history and memorabilia.

It is well worth visiting just to say ‘Wow’ when you enter the gallery due to the roof space being opened up once again. In our partnership with Anchor Mill Studio we attended the launch night and from what you can see below the results are simply spectacular. We would like to convey to the Council our appreciation of the hard work and dedication that they have put into this building in re-creating a special space for us all to visit.

You can find out more about Anchor Mill Studio by clicking here.

Sympathetic restoration puts Victorian gallery back in proportion

The Pillar Gallery, part of Paisley’s Museum and Art Gallery, has returned to its original Victorian splendour 40 years after it was ravaged by a 1970s make-over.

The original double arched ceiling was lost to view when a lowered ceiling was installed. The 1970s ceiling halved the height of the gallery, significantly affecting the look and feel of the display space.

The ongoing nine month restoration has seen the removal of the suspended ceiling and associated lighting. During the work air handling units were also removed along with plinths, display structures and redundant ICT cabling.

The double arched ceiling and walls have been redecorated, the pillars have been re-plastered and the floor has been resurfaced.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “The Victorians had an eye for space and believed in architecture which inspired and impressed. The 1970s saw a rebellion against what was seen as the over ornamentation of the 1870s.

“What we have done is to return the Pillar Gallery to its correct proportions while carrying out a sympathetic upgrade. Our aim has been to make the display space fit for the 21st century without taking anything away from its character.”

The upgrade has involved fitting new energy efficient lighting and installing two banks of seats with projection and screen capabilities, new information graphics and new display cases.

The new/old look Pillar Gallery was officially opened on 7 November. Exhibition themes are expected to include: natural history, the Victorians, World War I and II, archaeology and the Egyptians.

The Paisley Museum opened in 1871. The building was designed by the well-known Glasgow architect John Honeyman and was paid for by Sir Peter Coats of the famous Coats thread manufacturing family. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Weaving Musical Threads at the Paisley Mill Museum

Musical Mills – a Celebration

Musical Mills, held at the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November and compered by Tracy Patrick and Dave Manderson, hosted a packed programme of poetry and words, music, art and heritage – raising awareness of the industrial heritage and the Museum that charts the thread industry. The Museum was full as all ages were entertained for the afternoon, including archive footage playing on the screen.

Premieres galore filled the day. Sandy Stoddart’s maquette of the William Gallacher Monument graced the venue, with the young, elegant Mill Girl seated by Willie Gallacher – Paisley’s man of conscience who was ‘admired for his honesty, humanity, humour and selfless devotion to principle’. Donations are welcome to make this sculpture a reality on the High Street!

The inspiration of the Mill Girl Poets had resulted in a song commission by Weaving Musical Threads (WMT) from Anna MacDonald –  the very artiste who sang over the rooftops of Paisley from the Observatory balcony during the WMT festival in March – ‘Looking back down, History’s fine thread….the Mill Girls the most radical of all’. Anna especially travelled up from London to be with us and premiere her song.

We heard words of poetry with three of the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) appearing from all parts of the Museum reciting their work, such as ‘Half Timer’s School’, ‘Anchor Mill Strike 1907’, ‘May 1904’, ‘Open the Gates’, ‘A Streak of Gallus’ and ‘Anchor Mill’. Renowned local writers and prize winners also entertained – Dave Manderson, Graham Fulton, Ray Evans, G W Colkitto and (recently launched from the Titan Crane, from our sunny Glasgow suburb) the writer of working life, Brian Whittingham.

The WMT clay sculpture and panel was revealed for the first time – a legacy from Karen James’s clay workshop when in March the audience and participants of the WMT festival made their marks in clay.

There was a Gerry Rafferty theme, as Pauline Vallance, solo artiste who launched a beautiful new CD the night before and of Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, performed ‘Whatever’s Written In Your Heart’ on clarsach. Could this have been a world’s first?

Jim Gilbert, one half of ‘Wing and a Prayer’ and a once close friend of Danny Kyle, also paid tribute to the Paisley buddie.

We were delighted to welcome the Leader of the Council, Mark MacMillan, who pledged his support for the upcoming collaborative work with the Mill Girl Poets, Weaving Musical Threads and Renfrewshire Council, to take heritage work into the local schools.

Our hosts, the Thread Mill Museum, we gratefully thank, as well as Create for their sound and recording assistance.

The day was supported by the University of the West of Scotland, The Co-operative Membership and Weaving Musical Threads.

All Paisley Photographs taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

aircraft-carier

Part of the latest section of the navy’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth passing under the Erskine Bridge on Sunday the 4th November at approx. 1.45 PM. Photograph was taken by John MacIntyre who kindly let us use the photograph below.

Text from the BBC website

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An 11,000-tonne section of aircraft carrier has set off on its journey from its construction site on the Clyde to Fife.

The largest hull section of HMS Queen Elizabeth left BAE’s shipbuilding hall at Govan three weeks ago and was loaded on to a huge sea going barge.

Bad weather had held up the latest leg of the journey.

It is expected to take between seven and nine days to make it round the coast to the Rosyth dockyard.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy’s largest ever warship.

Six shipyards around the UK are involved in building various parts of the ship, which are being assembled in Fife.

The vessel will not be finished until 2016 at the earliest, and may not be ready for active service until 2020, when she will be based in Portsmouth.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Our next generation of aircraft carriers is on track with HMS Queen Elizabeth due to begin sea trials in 2017, and flight trials from her deck using our Lightning II fast jets in 2018.

“We are regenerating our carrier strike capability with the largest aircraft carriers Britain has ever had and fifth-generation stealth jets.

“Scotland has a world class shipbuilding industry that has benefited to the tune of around £1.3bn from the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. More than 2,000 people work on the carriers at Rosyth, with a further 2,000 on the Clyde.”

The Royal Navy is expected to have no aircraft carriers between 2014, when HMS Illustrious is taken out of service, and 2016, when HMS Queen Elizabeth is completed.

The government decided to retire the HMS Ark Royal and its fleet of Harrier jump jets in 2011, five years early.

Ark Royal was recently sold for scrap by the Ministry of Defence, following its sister ship HMS Invincible.

Read more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-20197810

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Bazinga Comics Opening Paisley

Paisley.org.uk was on hand to take photographs of the opening of the brilliantly named Bazinga Comic store inside the Paisley Shopping Centre’s ‘In Shops’. Tracey Clements from Paisley.org.uk took all the photographs which included some of the staff dressed up as Yoda, Catwoman and Robin was there too. Not only that but MSP George Adam turned up to lend his support to the new store.

Superheroes, Villains, Comics, Collectables

Bazinga Comics located at Unit 30 of the in shops in the Paisley Shopping Centre, will bring a new lease of life to an empty shop unit. All the latest comic books, branded t-shirts and collectables such as trading cards and replica models will be on offer at the new shop.

Bazinga---Grand-OpeningGuest appearances from superheroes as well as competitions and a raffle to get involved in. With a wide range of comics with a variety of age and theme, there will be something for all ages at Bazinga Comics. The shop will be open from 9am and owner Muz Fraser expects a busy day as the town centre will be busy with the councils Firework Spooktacular.

Muz said “The nearest proper comic store is in Glasgow ,so why have the people of Paisley travel when they can spend money and time in their own town and reinvigorate it” He is a massive comic book fan and got into comics back in 1997. He has put a lot of work into the shop and is extremely thankful for all the support his family and friends have given him .

Lorna manager of neighbouring Helen’s Haberdashery said “Paisley now seems to moving in the right direction with new bars and restaurants opening in Shuttle Street, and new shops opening up in shops that have been empty for far too long, and now we have a brilliant Graphic novel store opening – exciting times”

Contact: Ian William James Findlay

ian @one- chance.co.uk

paisley museum exhibition

A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

(All photographs taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements)

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

Press are invited to a photo call opportunity on Friday 2 November at 11am within Paisley Museum to meet the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leo John De Freitas and view the works which will be going on display.

For further information on Magic in the Nursery, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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.

Paisley.org.uk 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

Paisley.org.uk 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 www.paisley.org.uk 

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