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Paisley Pirates brought down the curtain on their season with their Presentation Night in the 5 on 5 Club, Paisley, at which time various awards were handed out to players and the club’s army of volunteers.

Coach Ian Turley, in his remarks, commented on the season just ended, paying tribute to an ever decreasing group of players for their attitude and commitment over an eventful season, when one more win would have taken the club into first place, rather than finish third on points behind Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh.

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The club at one time had 27 players registered, but due to a nightmare season with regard to injuries and other personal commitments, that figure had been reduced to 17 by the time of the end of season playoffs, while at one stage the club had only two fit defenders available.

He noted with some pride that the club had improved considerably on the previous season with more goals scored, less goals conceded, and more points accrued in a league which was of a far higher standard than when he had taken over the coaching role five years earlier. Further, he paid tribute to retiring captain John Churchill after more than 25 years playing at senior level, quoting him as a great ambassador for the sport in general, and the Paisley Pirates in particular.

He revealed that the club had been keen to start up an under 20’s junior squad a year ago, both for its own sake and also to develop younger players locally, but the idea had had to be shelved due to there being insufficient suitable ice time available at Braehead for training and fixtures. In noting that there were now proposals to run a UK wide under 20’s league, and significant interest had been shown by a number of clubs at various levels, he said the club would be watching developments with considerable interest. The club had nevertheless continued to bring through young players who were now mainstays in the team, and he looked forward to continuing to do so in the seasons to come.

The club’s army of volunteers played a crucial role in allowing the Paisley Pirates to operate at a high standard, as without them many key functions on match nights and normal day to day tasks could not otherwise be fulfilled. He spoke of people with a great passion for their local ice hockey team, and who willingly gave up their own time, for no financial reward, just to be part of the organisation.

Finally, awards for volunteers and players were announced, with each member of the volunteers staff, and each member of the team, were given mementoes to mark their participation in a successful season for the club. The main awards were announced as follows:

Volunteer of the Year Al Goold
Most Improved Player Liam Riddell
Award for Attitude & Effort Tom Johnston
Difference Maker Scott Cowan
Players’ Player Martyn Guy
MVP Graham McCamley

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Today, Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight of the weekly summer service from Glasgow Airport to Las Vegas departed with over 300 customers on board.   The new service, announced last year, follows a series of one-off flights to the US city in recent summers.  Operating on Mondays on the airlines Airbus A330 fleet, the new flights will continue on selected dates up to the 31stOctober.

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In conjunction with Alea Casinos and Glasgow Airport, visitors to the airport and those travelling to Las Vegas were treated to a host of entertainment at check-in, the departure lounge and at the gate, including Rat Pack singers, dancing showgirls and a casino theme throughout.

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Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines and Hotels Officer for the Thomas Cook Group said, “It’s fantastic news that we are able to start a regular flight to Las Vegas with such a fantastic event at Glasgow Airport, and we’re looking forward to a successful summer and winter programme to this popular destination.”

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Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said, “The launch of direct flights to Las Vegas is fantastic news for Scottish travellers, and it further strengthens our growing long haul route network. This is the first time Scotland has had a regular service to the entertainment capital of the world, and Thomas Cook is already reporting incredibly strong demand from customers for the new route.”

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Paul Rety, Venue Director at ALEA Glasgow said, “ALEA Glasgow is part of the World’s largest gaming organisation – Caesars Entertainment – and the only casino in Glasgow with a direct link to Vegas.  The buzz of the entertainment at the airport will hopefully give travellers a taste of what’s already on offer here in the heart of Glasgow before they fly.”

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The project to restore Paisley’s Grand Fountain to its former glory has beaten world-famous competition to be named as a winner at a prestigious UK awards ceremony.

The intricate cast-iron A-listed structure – one of the town’s architectural treasures – was painstakingly returned to its original Victorian-era condition last year.

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And the project won the Restoration/Conservation category at the Museums and Heritage Awards in London – ahead of nominees from the Tate galleries and the Bletchley Park WW2 heritage site.

Judges praised the Renfrewshire-Council-led scheme, saying it ‘combined painstaking research with clear community outcomes resulting in the greatest reward of all, civic pride’.

The fountain – notable for its distinctive walrus sculptures – was gifted to the town by the Coats family in 1868 and has been the centerpiece of the Fountain Gardens ever since – but had fallen into disrepair over the years.

The year-long work saw it taken off site and restored piece-by-piece, before being reassembled and restored to full working condition last summer.

The £650,000 project included funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland – and was delivered with great support from local groups Friends of the Fountain Gardens and the STAR Project.

Overall, the Grand Fountain was one of only four Scottish projects to even make the shortlist of 58 nominations from across the UK and abroad.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Grand Fountain is one of the finest examples of Paisley’s outstanding built heritage and it is fantastic to see that being recognised at a UK level.

“The fountain itself is a living link to the town’s proud textile-making past and that heritage will be at the centre of the town’s upcoming bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“A lot of hard work went into this project between council staff, contractors, funders and local groups and it is great to see those efforts being recognised.

“We also had tremendous community involvement throughout the project through events and work with schools – which the judges alluded to in their comments – and this award is for everybody who was part of that.”

The specialist contractors for the project were Wigan-based Lost Art Limited – who developed new techniques to improve the process of cast-iron restoration – and conservation engineer Jim Mitchell of Industrial Heritage Consulting Limited.

You can find out more about the Grand Fountain Restoration Project by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/grandfountain

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SHOPPERS were yesterday (Friday) given the chance to win a host of prizes by stepping into a giant gumball machine at the intu Braehead shopping centre.

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The 16-foot high contraption – dubbed The Big Treat Gumball Machine – will be at the mall’s central atrium between 11am and 5pm today. And it moves to the nearby Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination, tomorrow and Monday.

Thousands of plastic balls have been placed inside the globe of the gumball machine and those taking part in the challenge have to find one of four orange-coloured balls to win a prize.

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These range from free cups of coffee and restaurant vouchers, to gift cards worth up to £50 and a wine hamper.
The giant gumball machine launches a series of Big Treat events throughout May, at both the mall and Soar at intu Braehead.

These events are also taking place all over the UK at other intu shopping centres.
These include weekend-long free children’s entertainment and activities including arts and crafts and a Wee Cookies Bakery where kids can become a baker for the afternoon.

Shoppers can also join Britain’s Got Talent star, Edward Reid who is hosting The Big Eat event, which features cookery and cocktail-making demonstrations along with free nibbles, on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23.

And there are more prizes to be won with the Big Treat Seat which shoppers are invited to sit on and if the giant chair lights up they’ve been picked as a winner.

The Big Treat Seat will be at the shopping centre between 11am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 and Soar at intu Braehead on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23.

The following day, Sunday, May 24, Soar at intu Braehead has a special guest with Peppa Pig making an appearance to entertain the kids.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “We’ve decided to give everyone not just a big treat, but a huge treat.

“For the whole month of May we’ve got some fabulous activities, fun events and prizes for young and old.
“So, we’re inviting everyone to visit us and when they do, they can be sure it will be a real treat!”

 

Pictures: pix (girl in white jeans is Lauren Reilly, 27 and girl in green jumpsuit is Polly McLuckie, 20, both work for Topshop, at intu Braehead who were first to try out the Giant Gumball Machine.)

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Paisley & District Celebrate Scouting

Youth members, volunteers, family members and civic leaders came together to celebrate Scouting at the Paisley Abbey today.

birsThe annual District Scout Service was attending by members from across Neilston, Barrhead and Paisley.

During the Service, District Commissioner, Rob Murray said: “I want to start by thanking Rev Alan Birss and Father John for leading the District in Celebrating all that’s great about Scouting.

“Scouting is a big part of our communities across Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead. I am pleased that Depute Provost Cllr John Caldwell and local MSP Annabel Goldie joined us for the event.

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“Scouting provides fun, friendship and adventure to girls and boys across Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead. Young people are joining on mass as they are seeking something different and something challenging.

“Scouting wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers and I thank them for providing adventurous activities week in week out.”

Scouting is open to all Girls and Boys aged 6-25years. We have groups in all parts of Paisley, Barrhead and Neilston. To join the movement please email info@paisleyanddistrict.org.uk or call 07703732233.

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The first-ever Paisley Food Festival saw a crowd of thousands serve up a sun-soaked feast of music, markets and munchies on Saturday.

Abbey Close was packed with food-flavoured entertainment and activity as families queued to sample quality Scottish produce from a wide range of vendors.

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The Renfrewshire-Council-run event was taking place alongside the final day of the ever-popular Paisley Beer Festival, run by Renfrewshire CAMRA.

Now in its 28th year, the largest real-ale festival in Scotland attracted drinkers from across the country for another well-attended four-day run in Paisley Town Hall.

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Both events were taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, supported by EventScotland and VisitScotland, which aims to showcase the abundance of local produce and artisan food and drink available across the country.

The star attraction at the family-friendly food festival was childrens’ TV favourite Mr Bloom, who delighted his young audience with two well-attended live performances.

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The main-stage entertainment was hosted by Pulse FM DJs and also featured bands from local music charity Loud ‘N’ Proud.

Other attractions included food stalls from around twenty different vendors from across Scotland, as well as packed-out food-making workshops for youngsters.

There was also a chance to browse crafts and designs at the Slug in a Bottle Market while Paisley Farmers’ Market hosted fresh produce and cookery demonstrations in its usual home at Paisley Cross.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This was the first time the council has hosted the Paisley Food Festival but the event was such a success we will consider doing it again at some point in the future.

“Outdoor events are always better when you get good weather and we were certainly helped by the glorious sunshine on the day.
“Paisley Abbey and Town Hall once again provided a striking backdrop as a crowd of thousands packed the area to enjoy the food and entertainment.

“With the hard-working volunteers from Renfrewshire CAMRA having organised another successful beer festival in the town hall at the same time, it was great to see the town centre so busy.

“Events like this are going to be a key part of the wider push towards the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

“I would like to thank everybody who came out and made it a really memorable day, and thank all the stallholders who added such a flavor to the occasion.”

For more info on Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, visit www.VisitScotland.com/TasteScotland

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Paisley is gearing up for a taste sensation when the town’s first-ever food festival is served up alongside the ever-popular Paisley Beer Festival next weekend.

The day-long food event is being dished out as a side order to the 28th edition of Renfrewshire CAMRA’s real-ale extravaganza in Paisley Town Hall.

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The beer festival – from Wednesday 22nd until Saturday 25th April – is the biggest of its kind in Scotland and thousands of visitors are expected to turn out to sample hundreds of ales, beers, ciders and more.

The family-friendly food festival – run by Renfrewshire Council – will take place on the Saturday only from noon to 6pm in Abbey Close and highlights include outdoor markets and an appearance from kids’ TV favourite Mr Bloom.

Both events are taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, supported by EventScotland and VisitScotland, which aims to showcase the abundance of local produce and artisan food and drink available across the country.

This year’s beer festival will see the addition of an all-new Scottish wine bar from Perthshire, as well as extra seating and catering within Paisley Town Hall.

Attractions at the food festival include the following:
– live shows on the main stage from Mr Bloom at 2 and 4pm;
– an outdoor food market boasting a hearty mix of the finest Scottish food and global cuisine with stallholders from across the country;
– workshops showing kids how to make their own pizza and chocolate. Advance booking is needed, details at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events
– the chance to browse the work of talented crafters from Renfrewshire and beyond at the Slug in a Bottle market;
– Paisley Farmers’ Market in its usual place at Paisley Cross from 10am to 2pm

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Renfrewshire CAMRA’s Paisley Beer Festival is a long-running success story and is always a popular event.

“We are adding to the mix this year by staging the food festival for the first time and are expecting the town to come alive with activity over the weekend.

“Hosting days out like this will be an important part of the town’s push for UK City of Culture status in 2021, so I would encourage people to come down and help support this new event.”

Bob McWilliam from Renfrewshire Branch CAMRA said: “This 28th Paisley Beer Festival will certainly be the biggest yet with the support from Renfrewshire Council.

“The festival will have the biggest selection of beers from Scotland and so much more plus using the full facilities of Paisley Town Hall.

“That means more comfort for people to include seating, cloakrooms and generally a great atmosphere with the Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band on Saturday afternoon. This is great for Paisley and great for real beer.”

Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “It’s fantastic news that visitors to this year’s Paisley Beer Festival will also get to sample some fine Scottish culinary fare.

“From an outdoor food market to chocolate-making workshops, there is plenty to whet the appetite of visitors to this year’s festival.

“The Year of Food and Drink is all about celebrating our natural larder and mouth-watering dining experiences, so I would urge people all across the country to come along and enjoy what promises to be a delicious year for the Paisley Beer Festival.”

For more info, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisleybeerfestival.org, and for more on Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, visit www.VisitScotland.com/TasteScotland

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YOUNGSTERS hopped down to the intu Braehead shopping centre and met up with the bunny rabbit star of the popular kids TV show, Kate and Mim-Mim.

They’re all now best friends with giant purple bunny Mim-Mim, who visited the mall yesterday to meet his young fans, teach the kids some bunny hop moves and take part in fun games.

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Mim-Mim and Kate feature in the CBeebies animated TV series that tells of their fun and fantastical adventures in the imaginary world of Mimiloo.
As well as meeting Mim-Mim youngsters were given free CBeebies activity booklets and DVDs.

Lydia Brown, marketing manager at intu Braehead said: “Lots of kids came along to see Mim-Mim and they had a great time meeting their favourite bunny.

“We always like to have something different going on in the mall to keep our shoppers entertained and a giant purple bunny certainly does that!”

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The visit by Mim-Mim is just one of the activities organised by intu Braehead for youngsters over the Easter school holidays.

The shopping mall and Soar at intu Braehead have both created Easter Gardens, with free games and arts and crafts held in both venues every day from 11am to 5pm until Sunday April 19.

There will also be visits from the Easter Bunny, puppet shows and storytelling.

Pix 1 and 7: Giant bunny Mim-Mim takes a walk round the intu Braehead mall with, from left, Amii McGimpsey, aged six, from Renfrew; Ellie Daniels, aged four, from Erskine; Erin Hubbard, aged four, from Erskine and three-year-old Rory Kiernan, from Howwood, Renfrewshire.

Pic 2: Ellie Daniels, aged four, from Erskine hops to give giant bunny Mim-Mim a high five at the intu Braehead mall.

Pic 3: Erin Hubbard, aged four, from Erskine meets up with giant bunny Mim-Mim at the intu Braehead mall.

Pic 5: Giant TV bunny Mim-Mim entertains kids at the intu Braehead mall.

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Four Beaver Scouts from the Oldhall Beaver Colony received their Chief Scout Award Bronze.

During the evening our District Commissioner was able to present a number of badges including nights away awards, gardeners badger and the top award for the 6-8year olds, the Chief Scout Award Bronze. A number of Beaver Scouts also made their journey up to the Cub Pack through a moving up ceremony in front of parents.

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The Oldhall Beaver Colony, run by Angela Bell, has been working hard on their Gardner badger. Over a few week period the youngsters have grown plants from seeds and bulbs. Part of their challenge was also to clean up the courtyard. So enthusiastic by their new green hand hobby, the Beaver Scouts have designed a new garden which they hope to plant after the Easter break.

Commenting on their work Beaver Scout Leader, Angela Bell said:
“I am very proud of the work the Beaver Scouts have done over the past few weeks. It is great they are able to get badges for fun and adventurous activities.

“I am sad to see a number of our Beaver Scouts move up to Cubs however I know they will have a great time by continuing their Scouting journey.

“We have seen an increase in the number of Beaver Scouts joining Oldhall and are doors are always open to young girls and boys aged 6-8years.”

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Rob Murray, District Commissioner, said:
“It was a great pleasure to award Finlay, Andrew, Archie, Lewis and William with the Chief Scout Award Bronze. Their hard work over the past few months has meant they have achieved the highest award available to Beaver Scouts.

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“Taking part in the action packed evening with Oldhall Beaver Scouts was great fun. The opportunities open to girls and boys in the Ralston area is truly amazing and this is down to the hard work of Angela and Anna.

“As we see more 6-8year old girls and boys joining the movement, we will hopefully see more young people reaching their potential and learning new skills for the future.”

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The ambitious project to transform Paisley’s future using culture and heritage has been honoured at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy picked up two titles at the Placemaking Awards in London, designed to honour the very best planning and regeneration projects from across the UK.

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The ambitious project to transform Paisley’s future using culture and heritage has been honoured at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy picked up two titles at the Placemaking Awards in London, designed to honour the very best planning and regeneration projects from across the UK.

They were: the UK Placemeaking Award for best use of arts, culture and sport in placemaking; and Best placemaking in Scotland.

PTCHAS is the far-reaching set of proposals taking in a range of projects designed to make the most of Paisley’s heritage offering, described by experts as ‘internationally-significant’.

It includes the following:
– a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021, including an expansion of the town’s existing cultural and events programme
– ambitious plans to turn Paisley Museum into an international attraction based around costume and textiles;
– a Paisley Fashion and Design Centre on the High Street as a production and retail base for creative entrepreneurs;
– work to rebrand the town and retell its story to the world and increase the number of tourists;
– a feasibility study into the building of a new theatre/cinema space in the town.

PTCHAS was launched by Renfrewshire Council last summer, having been produced with the assistance of regeneration specialists SLR Consulting Ltd.

Judges praised the strategy for its ‘town-wide scale’, saying it ‘showed good community engagement, and made good use of economic heritage’.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This pair of awards is great news and is testament to the quality of the work which has been done to date.

“For the town’s regeneration plans to be recognised as among the best of their kind in the UK is a big thumbs-up for everything Paisley has to offer.

“The town is known worldwide for the Paisley Pattern and still has the legacy of its days at the heart of the global textile industry, as well as a thriving cultural scene which will form the basis for the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

“We hope that once these plans come to fruition they will leave a lasting legacy to benefit all of Renfrewshire for generations to come.”

Paul McTernan from SLR Consulting said: “We were delighted to see the team’s work in Paisley acknowledged by these awards.

“The partnership between Renfrewshire Council and the SLR consultancy team has been superb from the outset and together we are continuing to push on with the implementation of a hugely ambitious strategy that will transform Paisley and be an exemplar to other towns and cities in terms of how really good heritage planning can deliver real economic and social change.

“We remain grateful to all of those in Paisley that have helped us to put the project together and who are now engaged in getting it delivered on the ground. That collective effort has now been acknowledged as best in Scotland and best in the UK”.

As part of the wider project, the council is also working to make the most of Paisley’s outstanding built heritage – with ongoing restoration work on the Russell Institute building and Arnotts site, and with £2m of lottery funding lined up for a Townscape Heritage scheme to revamp historic buildings in the area around the High Street.

You can download the full strategy at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/paisleyuntold