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Cllr Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Sport, Leisure and Culture Board, with award winners in Paisley Town Hall

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sports coaches, officials and volunteers from across Renfrewshire have been celebrating the achievements have some local heroes.

A recent awards ceremony at Paisley Town Hall for the Renfrewshire Coaching, Officiating & Volunteering (COV) Awards saw key figures from the local sporting scene thanked for their contribution.

Cllr Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Sport, Leisure and Culture Board, with award winners in Paisley Town Hall

The awards are a joint initiative between Renfrewshire Council and sportscotland with local sports teams and clubs providing the nominees.

Ten outstanding individuals were picked from over 50 nominees and received a certificate of recognition, a plaque and a £100 cheque. Each award winner will now be automatically entered into sportscotland’s national COV Awards later in the year.

Representatives from local Community Sports Hubs were recognised on the night for their work in establishing the new local sports networks.

Renfrewshire’s COV 2014 award winners were:

Young Persons Coach – Scott Moran
Young Coach – Josh Anderson
Young Volunteer – Corrine Cunningham
Community Coach – Ross Douglas
Volunteer – Alan Haldane
Disability Coach – Nicole Brown
Event Volunteer – Stuart McPhail
Technical Official – Jonathon Corr
Development Coach – Tim Burges
Performance Coach – Graeme Thomson

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture and Policy Board, presented the awards and said: “It was a pleasure to meet all of the winners and get the opportunity to thank them for their immense contribution to the local sporting scene.”

“Participation in sport is crucial to everything the council wants to achieve, from improving health to building self- confidence and employability in young people.

“It’s hugely encouraging to see the work done by Renfrewshire Sports Services to stimulate interest in sport. Together with our COV winners, their dedication and hard work is central to ensuring excellent sporting opportunities for all of Renfrewshire.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is getting set to shine in the international spotlight once again when the Monte Carlo Classic Rally returns to the town in the new year.

It was announced this week that Renfrewshire will again host the only UK start leg of the event – one of the most famous and glamorous in motorsport.

Paisley sits alongside Barcelona, Copenhagen, Turin and Reims as host cities for the start legs, placing the town in illustrious company.

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The Rally is coming back to Paisley after a very successful debut in 2014 when tens of thousands came out to see the ‘grand depart’ as cars headed off to France.

Around 70 cars – including classic Porsches, Mini Coopers and even Linwood-built Hillman Imps, went over the ramp in front of the striking backdrop of Paisley Abbey.

The 2015 event will take place in the same venue, with the cars setting off at 7pm on Wednesday 28 January.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan believes the decision to bring the Monte back to Paisley is a thumbs-up to the town’s growing standing as a venue.

He said: “We are thrilled to welcome such a prestigious and world-famous event as the Monte Carlo Classic Rally back to Paisley.

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“We have big plans to use events, culture and heritage to drive a wide-ranging programme of regeneration for the town, leading up to a bid for UK City of Culture in 2021.

“Being able to attract the only UK start of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally places the town in the international spotlight, and is a perfect fit for those plans.

“Between this, last month’s Spree festival and the upcoming Christmas Lights Switch-on, Paisley is firmly on the map as a destination for top-class events.”

This year’s rally will see rule changes meaning drivers leaving Scotland will have an extra night’s sleep on the 2,600km-trek through the Channel Tunnel and over the Alps to the south of France.

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Organisers believe the Monte has produced a £5 million economic spin-off since it returned to Scotland in 2011.

Douglas Anderson, chair of the Rally Start Committee, said: “The rule change is an endorsement of how much the French organisers value the Scottish start and we are looking forward to another great event, starting from Paisley Abbey.

“The changes will make the event more accessible for those wanting to start from Scotland. We’ve already had interest from Scandinavian crews for this year.”

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire’s Council Leader wants to help transform Paisley’s future by turning the town into a centre of excellence in creative industries.

Councillor Mark Macmillan believes Paisley is ideally placed to lead the way for the rest of Scotland in becoming the country’s first town centre enterprise area.

The Scottish Government has already created 15 enterprise areas across the country, based on life science, renewables and manufacturing.

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Under the scheme, businesses within designated sectors and locations are able to access financial incentives to help encourage investment and growth.

Councillor Macmillan says there should be a new category, covering creative and cultural industries – and says Paisley would be a perfect fit.

He has written to Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney asking him to back the idea, which he believes will complement the council’s existing work to transform Paisley’s future using its heritage and cultural assets.

He said: “The council is already working to promote Paisley and Renfrewshire to the world, and earlier this year unveiled ambitious plans aimed at using heritage and culture to drive a wide-ranging programme of regeneration over the next decade.

“I believe the government in Holyrood could support that work by creating a new category of enterprise area based around creativity and culture – and make Paisley the first of its kind.

“There is a clear opportunity to use Paisley’s existing assets to create a centre of expertise in creative industries, which business can feed off to create jobs and stimulate growth.

“Just look at what Paisley town centre can already offer. We are the home of the Paisley Pattern – a globally recognised brand – and have the proud legacy of our one-time place at the centre of the world’s textile industry.

“We have the second-highest concentration of listed buildings of anywhere in Scotland and a museum collection described as ‘internationally-significant’.

“We are the home to PACE – the UK’s largest youth theatre group – as well as the internationally-renowned research capacity of the University of the West of Scotland.

“In October we hosted another successful year of The Spree arts festival, and our growing town centre events programme attracts tens of thousands of people every year.

“I believe enterprise area status for Paisley would create opportunities for businesses to grow, and increase the resilience of the local and national economies.

“I have asked Mr Swinney to consider my proposal and hope he will back my idea for Paisley to become Scotland’s first town centre enterprise area.”

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Halloween Parade Paisley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley ‘s Halloween festival delivered a sensational spooktacular on Friday evening when around 15,000 came out in the town centre for a stunning show of light and dark.

The Renfrewshire-Council-run event was being staged for the first time and included a 200-person parade and Scotland’s first-ever fire garden with sculptures made of flames.

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The parade started at Paisley Museum at 6pm and was led by the sight and sound of the Spark! LED drummers, who added to the carnival atmosphere.

They were followed by around 200 local children dressed in fancy-dress and carrying lanterns, as well as stilt walkers and giant illuminated birds.

People were lining the full length of the High St, as far down as Abbey Close, where the fire garden, run by outdoor events specialists Walk the Plank awaited.
It contained giant fire-breathing lilies, as well as a fire arch outside Paisley Abbey, and helped light up the occasion for the crowds throughout the evening.

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There was even a dance performance by a flash mob, set to the sound of Michael Jackson’s classic tune Thriller, as well as a second performance by Spark! outside the Abbey.

Other activities on offer included wizard shows in Paisley Town Hall, as well as craft workshops, balloon modelling and face painting, while the Abbey hosted scary storytelling.

The council is now planning to make the festival an annual one, with plans already under way to expand the event for 2015.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “This was the first time we had ever held the event and clearly the concept really caught the public imagination.
“The number of people who came out to see the event was phenomenal, and exceeded our expectations.

“We have already started thinking about how we can make the event bigger and better next year, as we believe there isn’t anything else like it anywhere in Scotland.
“Hopefully now, the Paisley Halloween Festival will become a fixture in our growing town centre events calendar, alongside established favourites such as the Christmas Lights Switch-on.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Video of Paisleys Halloween Parade

Video of Paisleys Halloween Parade as it goes through the streets of Paisley which included Spark the LED Drummers as well as a parade of family’s dressed in their Halloween costumes which included members of PACE, stilt walkers, jugglers and massive flowers of fire placed along Abbey Close.

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Photographs of the Halloween Parade through the streets of Paisley which included Spark the LED Drummers as well as a parade of family’s dressed in their Halloween costumes which included members of PACE, stilt walkers, jugglers and massive flowers of fire placed along Abbey Close.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire is gearing up for another summer of sport after it was announced that the area will host a prestigious UK-wide youth cycling race.

The 2015 British Cycling Youth National Circuit Race Championships has been awarded to Paisley, the first time Scotland has hosted the championships.

The event will take place on Sunday 12 July on a town centre route passing the stunning setting of Paisley Abbey and Town Hall.

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It will offer cycling fans the chance to see the sport’s stars of the future, with previous medallists in the race having included future world champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic medal-winners Geraint Thomas, Ross Edgar and Laura Trott.

The event was brought to Paisley through a joint bid by Renfrewshire Council and a group of local cycling clubs led by Johnstone Jets.

Next July will also see the area again host Street Velodrome – the world’s only pop-up velodrome – after its successful debut in 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this prestigious sporting event to Renfrewshire.

“We have a vibrant cycling scene locally and I am sure cycling fans from Renfrewshire and beyond will be thrilled to get the chance to see the sport’s stars of tomorrow compete up close.

“Renfrewshire is fast gaining a reputation as a venue for top-class events and I am sure the historic town centre of Paisley will provide a striking backdrop to the excitement on the roads.”

Event organiser Kenny Steele of the Johnstone Jets Cycling Club said: “It is fantastic to bring the British Cycling National Youth Championships to Paisley town centre.

“There are over 200 members of youth cycling clubs within a five-mile radius of the circuit and it’s testament to the growth of cycling in the area that Renfrewshire Council has continued with their commitment to bringing high level racing to the town.

“The organising group of Paisley 2015 look forward to welcoming all to Paisley in July.”

You can find out more about the event on social media, on Twitter on @Paisley2015 and Facebook at /paisley2015[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Photograph courtesy of Cameron Pollock of paisley.org.uk[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for an intergalactic extravaganza when the area’s annual fireworks display takes place on Saturday 1 November.

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This year’s fireworks display will be built around a space theme, with a musical soundtrack to match, with the display at 6pm.

The fun starts at noon when Clyde 1 DJs take to the main stage on Gauze Street to introduce an afternoon of music and live entertainment before the fireworks finale.

The star turn will be Scotland’s X Factor star Emily Middlemas, who made it as far as judges’ houses stage in this year’s show.

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The 16-year-old singer-songwriter – a former pupil of Paisley’s Loud ‘n’ Proud, and McCallum School of Music – said: “Most of my musical inspirations came from Paisley.

“I am really looking forward to returning to the town that kicked off my musical career and can’t wait to perform there at the fireworks show.”

Emily will be joined on the main stage by new Scottish boyband 4th State, street dance crew Loonique and local teenage guitar band Dogtooth.

The fireworks will be launched from Cotton Street, meaning the best views for the public will be in the area around Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

The final act before fireworks will be a sonic and visual spectacular from LED drummers Spark! who also play the Paisley Halloween Festival on Friday 31 October.

The timetable is as follows: Noon – Clyde 1 DJs kick off the fun; 1pm to 2pm – Create Paisley showcase; 2.30pm to 3pm – 4th State; 3.30pm to 4pm – Dogtooth; 4pm to 4.15pm – Emily Middlemas; 4.45pm to 5pm – Loonique; 5.30pm to 6pm – Spark! LED drummers; 6pm – Fireworks finale

Other attractions on offer will include a funfair, while there will be face painters and street entertainers out in the town centre during the day.

Residents should be aware there will be a series of road closures implemented from Friday evening onwards in the area around Gauze Street and Cotton Street, with parts of Seedhill Road, Mill Street and Causeyside Street to be closed from mid-afternoon on Saturday until after the event.

Full details are available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The annual fireworks display is an established family favourite and usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands.

“The council’s successful and growing events programme is geared towards bringing people into our town centres, with all the benefits that brings for traders.

“We have another bill of top-notch entertainment lined up for this Saturday and I look forward to seeing another big crowd in the town centre this year.”

The fireworks show takes place on day after the first-ever Paisley Halloween Festival on the evening of Friday 31 October, featuring a spectacular lantern-lit parade with LED drummers, and Scotland first fire garden with sculptures made from flames.

Saturday 15 November will see the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on, which this year will be headlined by chart-topping boyband Union J.

Renfrewshire Council would like to thank the organisations who have provided sponsorship towards this year’s event – Hamishes Hoose, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Leisure and intu Braehead.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for a visual spectacular of light and dark when the town’s first-ever Halloween Festival takes place this Friday.

Paisley is gearing up for a visual spectacular of light and dark when the town’s first-ever Halloween Festival takes place this Friday.

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The Renfrewshire Council organised spooky spectacular is free to attend and will see a series of attractions in the town centre between 6 and 9pm.

It starts at 6pm with a stunning lantern-lit fancy-dress parade down the High Street from Paisley Museum to Abbey Close.

The parade will be led by the Spark! LED drumming group and will feature around 200 local children plus illuminated giant birds and light walkers.

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It will lead revellers down to Scotland first-ever fire garden outside Paisley Abbey, starring sculptures made from flames.

The fire garden will be created by outdoor arts company Walk the Plank and features everything from colossal fire-breathing lilies to intricately-carved flaming flowerboxes.

The Fire Garden, created by Walk the Plank. Image Jon Pountney (3)

There will be street entertainment around the town centre between 6 and 9pm in the form of fire jugglers, with scary story-telling in Paisley Abbey.

Visitors to Paisley Town Hall will also be able to take part in Halloween-themed craft workshops, balloon-modelling, face-painting and see a wizard show.

There will also be free goodie bags for kids, and a performance by PACE Theatre Group.

The Paisley Halloween festival is part of a bumper weekend of event action, with the annual fireworks display a day later on Saturday 1 November, and the Christmas Lights Switch-on headlined by boyband Union J two weeks later on Saturday 15th.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “This is our first ever Halloween Festival and initial indications suggest the event has really caught the imagination of the public.

“We already have a hugely-successful town centre events programme, with the fireworks and Christmas Lights switch-on events bringing tens of thousands of people into the town each November.

The Fire Garden, created by Walk the Plank. Image Walk the Plank

“If the Paisley Halloween Festival is a success we hope it would also become an established part of the events calendar.

“We are confident we have lined up a spectacular show – so I would urge people to come out on Friday night and see it for themselves.”

There will also be Halloween-themed events run by the council’s arts and museums team.

Thursday 30 October will see a performance of Cut, a murder mystery style dance theatre show that will take the audience into spooky, undiscovered rooms at Paisley Town Hall.

And on Friday night in Paisley Arts Centre, critically-acclaimed Scottish electronic duo Pumajaw present their new multimedia show Song Noir, featuring tracks from cult TV programmes and film noir.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last night Midge Ure performed live at Paisley Town Hall and quite literally it was one of the best gigs ever performed in Paisley. One member of the audience said that this was his 6th Midge Ure gig and it was definitely the best.

Paisley Town Hall was sold out days before the doors opened with people coming from far afield, one couple even came from Norway.

From the get go Midge was on fire and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand, the Old New Romantic charmed the crowd who at points were up dancing in the aisles. Midge was putting so much into it he even broke the strings on his guitar.

The organisers LNP Promotions were blown away by how well Paisley has responded to the two big gigs they have put on this month, Eddi Reader with her Vagabond Tour and now with Midge Ure who recently brought out a brand new single after 12 years absence.

LNP Promotions will now take stock and hopefully next year they will be bringing some more amazing acts to the town.

Photographs of Midge Ure in Paisley Town Hall

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Video of Midge Ure – Paisley Town Hall

[/vc_column_text][vc_video ratio=”16-9″ link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxzKZ0utsZM”][vc_column_text]Thanks to Ian McDonald Photography for the photographs and video.

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