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Renfrew Xmas lights

Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on.

Renfrew residents enjoyed some festive fun at the weekend when a crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on.

The popular annual event was backed by a spectacular fireworks display, set against the backdrop of the town hall, which hosted most of the day’s events.

Throughout the day, locals enjoyed family entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself put in an appearance to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while the Renfrew Burgh Band provided the music with a concert of traditional carols.

Families were also able to enjoy the fun fair rides next to the town’s High Street.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was on hand to press the button to turn on the lights at the climax to the day.

She was joined on stage by Josh Kirk, age 10, of Arkleston Primary, who won a competition to be part of the big switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrew sparkled in the spotlight as residents turned out in numbers to kick off the festive season.

“It’s always a pleasure to be part of events such as this, and to see a whole community getting out and enjoying themselves in the heart of their town.

“We are spreading the Christmas cheer around the area, with Paisley hosting a well-attended event last week, and Johnstone getting its own big day on Saturday, in addition to other smaller events around Renfrewshire.”

This year’s event had a little extra sparkle thanks to funding provided by the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee, which contributed £7,000 towards the day.

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On Video 2013

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On Video 2013.

Watch the highlights of Paisley’s spectacular Christmas Lights Switch-On 2013 Event.

Produced by ‘Nick Afchain Films’

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On 2013 from Renfrewshire Council on Vimeo.

Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on.

Johnstone will get its chance to shine in the seasonal spotlight when it hosts a mixture of music and magic for its Christmas Lights Switch-on this week.

The event – expected to attract hundreds of people – will take place in Houstoun Square, with family entertainment on from noon.

There will be a day of entertainment on the big stage, headlined by boyband Rewind as well as local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

DJs from Pulse FM will also be on hand to get the party started by introducing the acts throughout the day.

Other highlights will include fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be on hand to switch on the lights at 4.30pm and will be joined by Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone switch-on follows successful events in Paisley and Renfrew over the past two weekends.

“This event is always well attended and I’m sure this year will be no different. I look forward to seeing everybody there.

“It’s always great to see the main town square so busy – occasions like this are good for the community and provide a boost to local businesses too.”

Full main stage timetable is as follows: Noon – Pulse FM, 12.10 – Per4mance Stage School, 12.40 – DSD Street Dance School, 13.00 – Splash Productions, 13.40 – Todi, 14.15 – Andy, 14.45 – Sweet Injection, 15.25 – Francesca Kimberley,16.00 – Rewind, 16.30 – Lights go on.

Renfrew Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

The sky over Renfrew was lit up tonight as the annual Christmas Light Switch On went with a bang. There was a terrific crowd along the High Street and the families gathered there were not disappointed with the show. The photographs were taken from Hairst Street where the crowds were much quieter allowing for better photographs of the fireworks display.

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“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.


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Festive fun at Renfrew Christmas Lights event.

Renfrew revellers are getting set for a party when the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place on Saturday 23 November.

The popular annual event is expected to attract a big crowd to the town hall, with a day of family fun and fireworks on offer.

There will be children’s entertainment throughout the day from noon, with stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself will be on hand to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while there will also be fun fair rides next to the High Street.

Another highlight will be a concert of traditional carols by the Renfrew Burgh Band.

The big event takes place at 5pm when Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall flicks the switch to light up the town centre, followed by a fireworks display set against the backdrop of the town hall tower.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-on is another highlight in the area’s festive calendar.

“The day will give Renfrew its chance to shine in the festive spotlight after the event in Paisley a week before.

“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.

Councillor Eddie Grady, committee chair, said: “This annual Christmas lights event is an important day for the Renfrew community, which is why we wanted to show our support by adding extra money to the budget.

“The event is always well attended and I’m sure it will attract another good crowd on the day.”

Drivers should note there will be road closures for one hour from 4.30pm in the area around the town hall, including parts of Hairst Street, Canal Street and High Street, while the fireworks take place.

The festive fun moves on to Johnstone a week later, with the Christmas Lights Switch-on in Houstoun Square on Saturday 30 November from noon until 5pm.

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Street Entertainers Paisley Photographs.

Photographs of some of the street entertainers on Saturday before the Christmas Light Switch On..

All Photographs taken by Ian McDonald Photography for

Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On Parade Photographs.

Paisley was buzzing all day with families coming to watch the festive lights being switched on in town, up to 20,000 people attended according to the announcer on stage. Festivities started with the Reindeer Parade (photos below)

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle Photography on behalf of

Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

This years Paisley Christmas light switch On saw up to 30,000 people crowd into Paisley town centre to see the festive lights switched on for 2013/14.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View wowed the crowds and helped kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.

Below are some shots from the stage taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of

Opening of the Bield Activity Centre.

The Bield Activity Centre, owned by 7th Paisley JNI Scout Group, was officially opened at the weekend by Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland.

The Provost of Renfrewshire, Anne Hall, joined the many invited guests along with the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clarke, who presented Matthew Hesselmann with his Queens Scouts Award. There were presentations of the highest Scouting Youth awards: Chief Scouts Awards, Duke of Edinburgh and the Queens Scouts Awards.

scouts17The UK Chief Commissioner for Scouting Wayne Bulpitt, who had travelled from London, addressed the audience and spent time chatting to the youngest members of the Group.

The JNI Group offers Scouting activities to girls and boys from 6 to 18 years, with 150 members throughout the Group.
The centre has been developed for the wider community over the last 2 years at a cost of £400,000, now boasting 2 climbing walls within the 3 separate halls.

At present there are 15 community groups making use of this great facility weekly, three of which were represented at the opening ceremony. The centre is also available for hire on a one-off basis for parties and wedding receptions. Contact Tom Allan on 01505 814502.

The main funders of the project are The National Lottery, Postcode Lottery, Community Energy Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, and Scouting.

All photographs taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of

We’re ale backing Paisley!

A CAMPAIGN is using thousands of beer mats to promote one of Scotland’s largest towns as the place to go for a good night out.

The drink mats featuring the words ‘Paisley is…havin’ a good time’ are part of a campaign to promote a positive message about Paisley and encourage more people to visit the town centre.

And with the message ‘Paisley is… saying drink sensibly’ on the flip side, the beer mats are being distributed around the town’s pubs and clubs.

Now the businessman behind the recent re-opening of a well-known Paisley pub is backing the campaign to promote the town.

David Davidson has recently revamped Corkers Bar, in Causeyside Street and all his customers are being given the ‘Paisley is…’ beer mats with their drinks.

David said: “There’s been a lot of positive activity going on in an around Paisley recently, especially with the success of The Mod and The Spree festival that took place in the town.

“Regeneration is the buzzword and there’s a bit of impetus in Paisley now.

“I think the town’s revival is on and it’s all about keeping that impetus going. There’s a feeling of positivity and we just need to keep our foot on the gas and move forward.”

David, who also owns the La Mesa Spanish restaurant, in New Street, Paisley added: “Paisley is a town with lots of potential and quite a few good small businesses have now opened in the town.

“We’re doing our wee bit for Paisley, but re-opening Corkers is a good business opportunity as well – we wouldn’t be doing it otherwise.

“The town centre should be a mix of leisure businesses, restaurants, shops and also people living in the town centre – it’s all about generating footfall.

“With more choice of quality cafes, bars and restaurants in Paisley offering good service then people will come back to the town centre.”

The Paisley Vision Board is behind the promotional beermats as part of their wider campaign to promote a more positive image of the town.

The ‘Paisley is…’ marketing initiative uses the letters ‘i’ and ‘s’ in the word Paisley to tee-up different positive messages about the town.

Its chairman, Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan said: “Using beer mats is quite a unique way to get the message across that Paisley has a lot to offer when it comes to people’s leisure time.

“There are a lot of good business people in the town centre working hard to give people choices when it comes to having a night out.”

Other local bars who have been given the beer mats as part of Paisley Vision Board’s campaign to promote the town include The Old Swan Inn, in Smithhills Street; Hamishes’ Hoose, in the High Street; The Last Post, County Square; The Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street; The Abbey Bar, Lawn Street; Gabriel’s, Gauze Street and Paddy Malarkey’s, The Bull Inn and Cafuffals, all in New Street.