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Paisley’s Spree festival closed at the weekend after a nine-day arts extravaganza …and organisers reckon the festival is going from strength to strength.

The Spree 2014 saw around 60 shows across five venues around the town, including a specially-built Spiegeltent, with an estimated total attendance of more than 5,000.

This year’s bill featured music, comedy, theatre, film and even a hypnotist, as well as a well-attended programme of children’s shows to coincide with the October week.

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The undoubted highlight was a one-off collaboration between King Creosote, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the stunning setting of Paisley Abbey on Friday night.

The show was the most eagerly anticipated on the bill – with all tickets having been snapped up within days of going on sale in August – and it didn’t disappoint, with the orchestra adding a thick layer of sonic grandeur to the music of both artists.

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Host for the night, broadcaster Vic Galloway, thanked festival organisers Renfrewshire Council and asked the crowd to wish Paisley all the best with its possible bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

Roddy Hart described the gig as his ‘proudest ever moment as a songwriter’ and the reaction to both sets suggested the 400-strong crowd were delighted to be there.

Other musical highlights from throughout the week included Dougie MacLean, Withered Hand and Merrymouth (featuring Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler).

There was also plenty big-name comedy on the bill, with Russell Kane, Craig Hill and Daniel Sloss all featuring, alongside two editions of the regular Buddy Good Laugh stand-up nights.

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And the children’s programme proved popular, with the kids’ comedy attracting big crowds to the Spiegeltent, as did the free Let’s Do Robotics with Lego workshops, timed to run alongside the first week of the Brick Wonders Lego exhibition at Paisley Museum.

The festival was organised and promoted by Renfrewshire Council as part of a wider push to offer a varied cultural programme and use events to bring people into the area.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “This was the third annual Spree festival and the event is now starting to firmly establish the town on Scotland’s festival map.

“We want to show people they don’t have to go to the city for a good night out – that we are able to attract quality acts to Paisley.

“Some of the feedback we have had has been fantastic – in particular the reaction to the Abbey show confirms we have a venue and a formula that is pretty special, and we look forward to building on that.

“The council has big plans to use Paisley’s superb heritage assets and cultural scene as the engine behind a wider process of regeneration over the next decade.

“We are grateful to everybody who came out and supported the event and we look forward to growing the festival in the years ahead.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Runners at this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run showed just how big-hearted they are in a special fundraising initiative for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

Participants registering for the race online were, for the first time, able to make a charitable donation.

More than £1,600 was raised for BHF Scotland, with further cash donations on race day taking the total over the £2,000 mark.

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Runners at this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run showed just how big-hearted they are in a special fundraising initiative for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

Participants registering for the race online were, for the first time, able to make a charitable donation.

More than £1,600 was raised for BHF Scotland, with further cash donations on race day taking the total over the £2,000 mark.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Louise O’Connell of race sponsors Hillington Park presented a cheque to BHF Scotland fundraising volunteer manager Carole Nicol.

Provost Hall said: “This year’s race was bigger and better than ever with a record number of runners – it’s a real fixture in our events calendar nowadays.

“Many of those people ran to raise money for a charity of their choice, and it’s hugely encouraging to see how many gave to BHF Scotland at the same time.

“For a number of years now, Paisley has been a ‘Heart Town’ and the people of Paisley do so much to raise money for this worthwhile charity.”

Louise O’Connell of Hillington Park said: “This was the fourth year we’ve sponsored the race and we’re delighted to be associated with such a popular event. Some of our senior management team chose to run this year for the first time, so the healthy heart message is definitely getting out there!

“It’s a pleasure to be able to help such a charity which makes such a difference in people’s lives.”

Carole said: “Coronary heart disease is still Scotland’s single biggest killer. It affects such large numbers of people that almost everyone will have a family member or friend affected by it.

“The extremely generous donations of the runners are a great help to our work here in Paisley.

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Eddi Reader live at Paisley Town Hall Photographs and Video.

Eddi Reader played Paisley Town Hall last week and pardon the pun but Eddi and her band were just a Perfect..

We were on hand to help LNP Promotions capture the moment via photographs and video (below)..

 

Thanks To Ian McDonald..

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Double cultural boost as Paisley launches two events

Paisley is getting set for an entertainment bonanza this month, with two major cultural events launching in the town at the same time.

This weekend sees the launch of the third annual Spree festival, as well as the opening of the eagerly-anticipated Brick Wonders LEGO ® exhibition at Paisley Museum.

The Spree will see more than 60 shows at various venues in the town over the next nine days, with a programme covering music, comedy, film, theatre and more.

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The festival opens tonight (Friday) with shows from comedian Craig Hill and Caledonia singer Dougie MacLean in a specially-built Spiegeltent in the town centre.

Other headline shows include a sold-out musical collaboration between King Creosote, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire and the RSNO in Paisley Abbey, as well as performances from comedians Russell Kane and Daniel Sloss.

Brick Wonders will see some of the world’s ancient, natural and modern marvels recreated in Lego, and will run at Paisley Museum until February.

It is the follow-up to the massively-successful Brick City exhibition, which smashed attendance records at the museum last year.

LEGO artist Warren Elsmore has recreated wonders ranging from the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China to the International Space Station and the Great Barrier Reef.

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The events were jointly launched today at the Spiegeltent by Craig Hill, Warren Elsmore and local LEGO animator Morgan Spence, whose videos will feature as part of the exhibition.

The two events are being staged by Renfrewshire Council as part of a wider drive to transform the area’s future by making the most of the area’s heritage and culture.

Councillor Stuart Clark, convener of the council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “We are delighted to be able hold these two superb cultural events here in Paisley.

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“We want to show people in Renfrewshire and elsewhere they don’t have to head to the city for great family entertainment as there is plenty happening on their doorstep.

“The council this year unveiled ambitious plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to drive a wide-ranging programme of regeneration over the next decade.

“If all goes well, we would be looking at a bid for UK City of Culture in 2021, so we would hope to bring even more top-class events here in the future.”

To see the full Spree bill and buy tickets, visit www.thespree.co.uk or visit the box office in Gilmour Street.

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Paisley Fireworks Spectacular 2014.

The area’s annual fireworks spectacular will be back for another year!

This year’s event will have a Hallowe’en theme, so expect a spooky spectacle.

There will be live entertainment on stage throughout the afternoon, leading up the big fireworks show at around 6pm.

Previous events have attracted tens of thousands to the town centre.

Date: Saturday 1 November

Venue: Abbey Close, Gauze St, and Paisley town centre

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Video from 2013

We will be posting photographs up from straight after the event, so if you are not able to make it along don’t worry we will do our best to show you the highlights of the night..

Union J to headline Paisley Christmas lights spectacular.

Chart-topping boyband Union J are on their way to Renfrewshire to headline the area’s annual festive extravaganza.

The four boys will perform in Paisley town centre on Saturday 15 November before the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

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Union J to headline Paisley Christmas lights spectacular.

Chart-topping boyband Union J are on their way to Renfrewshire to headline the area’s annual festive extravaganza.

The four boys will perform in Paisley town centre on Saturday 15 November before the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

They will be joined on the bill by Glasgow synth-pop band Prides and by family favourites The Singing Kettle.

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The event will run from noon and will include an appearance by Santa during the traditional reindeer parade, as well as the Slug in a Bottle market.

The live entertainment on the giant outdoor stage in Gauze Street will be hosted by Clyde One DJs throughout the afternoon, before the big switch-on at 6pm.

Union J – Josh, JJ, Jaymi and George – burst into the public eye while finishing fourth on TV’s X Factor in 2012 and since then have racked up three top ten singles.

They will be set to bring their legions of fans to the Paisley event, which usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands to the town.

Prides will take to the stage after a momentous 2014 which saw them release their debut EP and perform for hundreds of millions worldwide during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

And ever-popular children’s trio Singing Kettle will help keep the young ones in the crowd entertained earlier on in the day, as part of their farewell tour before their final shows early next year.

Previous headliners have included Tinchy Stryder, The View, Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon.

The Paisley Christmas lights switch-on is part of a programme of major events being laid on by Renfrewshire Council this winter. The cost of the performers will be covered by sponsorship from local organisations.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on is the biggest event we hold each year and always a great day for families and music fans alike.

“Previous events have brought anything between 30,000 and 40,000 into the town centre, with all the benefits that brings to local traders.

“The council has big plans to use events and culture as the driving force behind a wide-ranging programme of regeneration for the town over the next decade.

“Established events like the Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on give us a solid foundation from which to start, and we want to build on the success of that.”

The 10 to 18 October will see the third annual Spree festival, Paisley’s national arts festival, with a bill of top-notch music, comedy and culture planned. Tickets are on sale now at www.thespree.co.uk

Other events in Renfrewshire over the next few months include a brand-new Halloween festival (Friday 31 October), the annual fireworks spectacular (Saturday 1 November) and Christmas lights switch-ons in Renfrew and Johnstone.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Chamber is delighted to announce the shortlist for their annual business awards, the ROCCOs, sponsored in 2014 by the University of the West of Scotland.

Commenting on the shortlisting process, Chamber President Tom Johnston said “this year we received 95 entries, the most we have ever received and the standard of entry across the board was, as expected, of a high quality. 3 judges for each award independently scored every entry (sponsor, Board Director and a subject matter expert) and the top 3 scores go forward to the next stage that starts w/c 20th October, where the finalists present to the judging panel and convince them why they believe they are a worthy ROCCO winner. Frank from Gap TV also starts the process of recording an HD video for every finalist to be shown on the night.”

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“Thank you to everyone that entered and to all our judges & sponsors for their support”

The 16 categories & finalists are:

Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS:
I Am Me
Intu Braehead
The Glitter Beach Foundation

Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce:
Carli’s Kindergarten
Clyde Marine Training
Glasgow Airport

Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland:
Childcare First – Hillview Nursery
Hubbell Scotland
Kickstart (Kirklandneuk Primary School)

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead:
Glasgow Airport
IRW Systems
Spectrum Service Solutions

Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group:
Diageo
Rolls-Royce
Smith & McLaurin

Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group:
Carli’s Kindergarten
G Porrelli & Co
Spectrum Service Solutions

Innovation & Technology sponsored by Hillington Park:
Quarriers
Rolls-Royce
The Malcolm Group

International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport:
CCR3 Limited
Peak Scientific
Smith & McLaurin

Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council:
Muir Slicer Associates
Pro Website Solutions
Saporito

Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group:
Glasgow Airport
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Spectrum Service Solutions

Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway Renfrewshire:
Saporito
Aldwych & Company
Red Media UK

Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company:
Spectrum Service Solutions
Glasgow Airport
IRW Systems

Outstanding Performing Business 5 & Boyd & Co
Bridgeall
Saporito

Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland:
Kennett Watches – Tom Kennett
Saporito – Craig Bickett
Tweetiepie Media – Lizzy Todd

Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo:
Nominations are:
Audrey Cumberford – Principal & Chief Executive, West College Scotland
Robin MacGeachy, MD Peak Scientific
Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive, The Malcolm Group
Craig Campbell, Owner, Pro Website Solutions
Colin McMurray, MD Clyde Marine Training

All winners are announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 14th November 2014, that takes place at The Normandy hosted by Fred MacAulay. The ROCCOs are now in their 11th year and established as the premier black tie corporate event in Renfrewshire with a sell-out crowd of 500 attending every year.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Paisley Pirates were yesterday sporting new strips as they celebrated a cool new sponsorship deal with the town’s leading Pro-Life gym.

And the move certainly fits the bill for the ice hockey team who will reap the benefits of the expert team of professionals at the centre.

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And the club is delighted to be entering a new period in their long relationship with Pro-Life which is now managed by Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

The Pirates hope the partnership between the club, their fans and the charity will help raise hundreds of pounds for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices as well as raising the profile of both.

Gayle Brannigan, CEO of RSC, said: “We are delighted to be continuing this long bond we have with the town’s ice hockey heroes which started way back with Alex Whelan and spans some 20 years. As well as giving the Pirates the cash support they needed to help buy strips sporting their new logo players will get a discounted membership to Pro-Life.

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“They will also receive regular fitness assessments, ice hockey specific training programmes and bespoke nutritional seminars and eating plans from our team of experts here. When we launched the charity earlier this year we pledged to raise thousands of pounds for our hospices and to support sport in the community.

“We are hoping that Pirates fans that are looking to stay fit or perhaps take the first steps to a healthier regime will follow the players to Pro-Life where their membership will boost funds to the hospices looking after patients and families right here in Renfrewshire.”

Coach Ian Turley said: “It’s fantastic that were are linking up with Pro-Life once again under new management in the shape of Renfrewshire Sports Charity. We enjoyed a great partnership with Alex Whelan and are delighted to be maintaining a relationship between the Pirates and Paisley’s premier fitness centre.

“There’s a whole host of two way benefits which will see Pirates’ players able to take advantage of what Gayle has outlined while in return Pro-Life members be able to attend Pirates’ home games at the concessionary rate if they bring their card along.

“The charity is a great idea and we will do everything we can to help them in their efforts to raise money for the hospices. I would urge our fans who have been tremendous in their support of the team both home and away to get behind the new charity. We’ll be helping Pro-Life out in any way we can with players appearances, complimentary tickets and merchandise.”

Captain John Churchill said: “Pro-Life is a fantastic place. The facilities are excellent, the staff professional and really friendly and we’re lucky to be associated with such a great place. We are happy to be backing Renfrewshire Sports Charity in all their efforts and we would urge everyone to join us.”

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Looking good…Gayle Brannigan, CE of Renfrewshire Sports Charity with Pirates from left: Chris Turley, coach Ian Turley, Stuart McCaig, Stuart Miller, Graeme Meechan, Tom Johnston, Mark Hassan and captain John Churchill.

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Midge Ure Competition Winner.

Well done to our competition winner Andreea Covaleov who entered our competition in conjunction with LNP Promotions to win 2 tickets to see Midge Ure in concert at Paisley Town Hall on the 24th October.

Andreea who is studying in Glasgow and living in Paisley said she is a big fan of Midge Ure and cant wait to go along and says she never wins anything…

Well it goes to show if you don’t enter you don’t win..

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You still have a chance to buy tickets to see the man himself get down to Appolo Music or visit www.tickets-scotland.com and buy your tickets now, before its too late…

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Pic 1: Andreea receives the tickets from Gary Kerr next to the Midge Ure Poster at Paisley Town Hall..
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Paisley on the web meet Midge Ure.

Paisley on the web was at the Scottish Hydro on Tuesday to meet one of Scotland’s singing superstars Midge Ure.

LNP Promotions have secured Midge Ure to sing in Paisley Town Hall on October the 24th. Midge donated one of his classic guitars and kindly signed it for part of the upcoming charity auction by LNP Promotions (details to be posted soon).

As the social media partners for LNP Promotions, Paisley on the web attended to take photographs and video of the occasion..
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(pictured above are Midge Ure, Gary Kerr, Tommy McGrory of LNP Promotions and Ian McDonald of Paisley.org.uk photo taken by Brian McGuire of Paisley.org.uk)

Midge Ure was very impressed by the commitment of LNP Promotions and Paisley.org.uk to push Paisley as a music venue and to attract the very best of acts to the town..

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