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Paisley has put people at the heart of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021 as plans were unveiled today to place its museum on an international stage and support the local arts and cultural community through an innovative creative fund.

The Scottish textile town which changed the world, today unveiled plans for a £56.7m transformation of its flagship museum and also to create a £500,000 cultural pot for the local community.

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Paisley’s internationally-significant museum collections, and its one-time place at the heart of the global thread industry, have inspired the plans to turn the town’s museum into a national showcase of textile and design by 2021.

The museum is the flagship project of Renfrewshire’s long-term regeneration plans for the town. They include:

  • £56.7m plans to transform the museum.
  • a £3.7m world class museum store to support an internationally-significant museum and open up access to all of the museum collections for education and research in the heart of the town centre – a first for the UK.
  • £2.7m earmarked to support investment in developing Paisley’s lending library service.
  • a new £500,000 culture, heritage and event fund to tap into the town’s creative potential.

Visitor numbers to the museum could triple to hit 150,000 with almost 250 jobs created and up to £88m generated for the local economy as a result of the cultural and economic regeneration brought about by the museum transformation alone. They will support Renfrewshire Council’s wider economic, social and cultural regeneration strategy.

The plans were unveiled to coincide with a two-day event to officially launch Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

On Friday 13 November, bid ambassadors joined forces at Paisley’s 850-year old Abbey to issue a rallying call to Renfrewshire and beyond to support the bid.

The town will then host a massive public party on Saturday 14 November with an appeal to revellers to wear the world-famous Paisley Pattern for the Christmas lights switch-on event, topped off by a spectacular seven-minute Paisley-themed light show projected against the Abbey.

A social media campaign to back the bid using #Paisley2021 has started and a new website at www.paisley2021.co.uk goes live today to rally public support.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council and Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board said: “We’re putting people right at the heart of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture and our new £500,000 creative fund will help them develop and participate in high-quality cultural events supporting our ambitions.

“From the local arts and cultural community, to professional artists and individuals, the fund will help every part of Renfrewshire realise its creative potential between now and 2021.

“Paisley was once at the heart of the global textile industry and by connecting that heritage to the future through a new transformed museum, we aim to bring the world to Paisley.

“The museum will become the cultural, social and economic heart of the town. It will be transformed for tourists and local families alike, and be the base for extensive community outreach supporting weaving, natural history, science and nature.

“By forging links with national museums and international institutions, local art groups and academic partners, we want to put Paisley at the heart of the world’s cultural map.”

The proposals are due to be considered by the council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board next week.

He added: “The museum store will be a new anchor destination at the opposite end of the High Street from the museum to boost visitor footfall between the two.

“These plans have also brought the chance to re-imagine the library currently based in the museum complex. Library services are changing. Paisley Central Library serves more offline households than any other in the country from its public computers – so we’ll ask local people what they want from a modern facility in the heart of the town.

“Through a planned financial programme Renfrewshire Council has been able to proactively identify vital funds to deliver the regeneration of Paisley and has committed £22m to develop and promote Paisley as a destination town. The plans we announce today show where we intend to invest much of that resource.

“This is a major, long-term programme that will need wider support generated by a major fundraising effort.”

Bid ambassadors who joined Councillor Macmillan at Paisley Abbey on Friday 13 November have outlined why they believe Paisley should be UK City of Culture 2021.

David Wallace is Executive Director of PACE Youth Theatre – the largest of its kind in the UK with former pupils including Paolo Nutini and James McAvoy. He said: “Arts and culture play a huge role in achieving our social and economic goals through local regeneration, attracting tourists, developing talent, improving health and wellbeing and, just as importantly, changing the perception of a place and its community. Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is our vehicle for change and all Buddies are on board.”

Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Paisley become the great place it deserves to be – great for all businesses, their employees and their customers. Having been in Paisley for over 50 years, the Chamber fully supports the Paisley 2021 bid and encourages businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors to do the same.”

Paisley’s skyline lit up in spectacular colours wowing thousands of revellers in the town centre for the annual fireworks extravaganza.

More than 30,000 people turned out for the Paisley Fireworks Spectacular – run by Renfrewshire Council – despite the wet conditions earlier that day.

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Crowds emerged to fill Paisley’s town centre streets and watch the special pop-themed display against the stunning backdrop of the 850-year-old Paisley Abbey.

The fireworks launched from an even greater height this year – the roof of the council buildings on Cotton Street – ensuring impressive views across the town centre.

The stunning display came at the end of a packed day of entertainment, with local band Lemonhaze headlining the main stage performances.

Hosted by the Clyde 1 DJs, the Gauze Street stage also featured Glasgow band Twin Pines (formerly known as Arches) and local young musicians, supported by Create and Hit the Road.

During the afternoon, families and kids enjoyed magic shows, puppet shows and story-telling inside Paisley Town Hall and Abbey.

Other activities included stilt walkers, fire jugglers, food vendors and a funfair in the town centre.

Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and is one of many events in an exciting winter events programme, with the Paisley Christmas Lights and UK City of Culture bid launch the following weekend on Saturday 14 November headlined by 2014 X-factor winner Ben Haenow.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is always a popular event with thousands of people coming to Paisley each year, so it was great to see a strong turnout again this year.

“With a packed programme of entertainment throughout the day, it is clear to see why families and kids had such a great time in the town centre.

“The whole day ended on a sky-high spectacle with the pop-themed fireworks lighting up the Paisley skyline at 7pm.

“The Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is just one of many in an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire. As Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 gathers momentum we hope to hold more exciting events in the future.”

For more information on Renfrewshire events, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events.

BOOK fans are getting the chance to meet two of Scotland’s best-known authors when they make a personal appearance in local libraries.

The free events – which are part of Book Week Scotland between November 23 and 29 – feature broadcaster and writer, Lesley Riddoch and award-winning author, poet and playwright, Alan Spence.

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Organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, who now run arts and cultural services as well as sports and leisure centres locally, Alan Spence will discuss his writing and literary career at Johnstone Library, on Monday, November 23 at 7pm.

And Lesley Riddoch will be at Linwood Library at 7pm, on Wednesday, November 25.

Alan Spence’s most recent books are the novel Night Boat, a poetry collection Morning Glory, with Elizabeth Blackadder and the play, No Nothing.

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This play, which has been performed in Glasgow and Aberdeen, imagines poet, Edwin Morgan and trade unionist Jimmy Reid meeting in the afterlife and discussing the meaning of life and post referendum Scotland. Alan will read and discuss extracts from the play and other new work.

Lesley Riddoch will talk about her writing, particularly her recent book, Blossom, which is an outspoken analysis of Scotland’s problems and the country’s potential, Lesley will recount the views of ordinary Scots and draws on her own experience of life in Norway, Ireland, Iceland as well as Scotland.

Elaine Finlay, Renfrewshire Libraries development co-ordinator said: “Book Week Scotland is about encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy the pleasures of reading books.

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“We want to encourage more people to read books and use the excellent services we have in the network of libraries in Renfrewshire.

“We’re bringing two big names of Scottish writing to our local libraries and I hope lots of people will take the chance to come along and meet these talented authors and ask the questions they always wanted to ask them.”

To book a place at these events, call Renfrewshire Libraries on 033 300 1188.

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Five hardy volunteers from Bank of Scotland have been engaged in a race against time to beat Hurricane Abigail and get the new Community Garden at St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood ready for winter.

The volunteers made short work of planting well over 2000 bulbs – bluebells, snowdrops, daffodils and winter aconytes in the garden’s wildflower areas, as well as various Alliums, muscari, pushkinias, Eranthis, Camassia, and Erythroniums in the flower beds. The garden is now well set up to burst into life in spring.

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Hospice Fundraiser, Katrina Vine, who worked alongside the Bank of Scotland gardening squad said, “We are so grateful to these volunteers for all their efforts – especially in such blustery, uncertain weather.’

“Everyone who visits the garden appreciates its wonderful, peaceful atmosphere, but there have been comments upon the large gaps in the flower beds. This is partly due to financial constraints but we have also had to wait for the right time of year to plant bulbs and bare root trees.’

‘St Vincent’s Hospice relies on the support of local companies and supporters, both financially and for volunteers. With our Garden Project this is especially true, and recently we have been very fortunate to have been the recipients of many donations from local supporters, including W. Gibb Stuart and the Flightpath Challenge Fund. This has allowed us to start buy many more trees, shrubs, plants and bulbs,” said Katrina.

With a large area to tend, there is always plenty of work to be done so if you would like to join the growing Volunteer Gardening Team, please email the Hospice at info@svh.co.uk  for information or phone 01505 705635.

The Community Garden at the Hospice on Midton Road in Howwood is open to visitors every day and the Barn Tea room is open Mon-Fri 10am til 4pm.

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St James’ Primary in Paisley have been crowned the year’s foremost fair trade primary school in Renfrewshire.

The John McDowell Trophy is awarded to the primary school which has shown the greatest commitment to fair trade across the year.

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Former Provost John McDowell donated the award having been heavily involved with the cause during his time in office and continues to support the cause today especially within schools.

Awarding the trophy on John’s behalf, Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, was impressed by the dedication that the school had shown throughout the year and the activities which they had completed to raise awareness.

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St James’ managed to achieve all three of the Fairtrade Foundation’s awards for schools in 2015; receiving the FairAware, FairActive and FairAchiever awards. They also created a whole school policy which sets out the school’s aims and incorporates fair trade into decision making within the school. This alongside numerous other activities ensured they took home the trophy.

Councillor Sharkey said: “It was a tough decision but St James’ have completed some incredible work this year and just pipped a number of other schools to win.

“Achieving three awards from the Foundation in one calendar year is tremendous and well deserved for the dedication they have shown to making fair trade a part of everyday school life.

“Fair trade allows pupils to learn about global issues and why we have a responsibility to help wherever we possibly can.

“Unfortunately John wasn’t able to present the award through illness but I know he remains a firm supporter of the cause and was delighted to see another school recognised for their efforts.

St James’ are the fifth school to receive the trophy succeeding last year’s winner Bridge of Weir Primary who again put forward a strong submission.

There were a number of schools who just missed out on winning the award with the decision process proving the toughest yet. The volume of schools being nominated is encouraging with the ultimate aim of having every school in Renfrewshire involved with fair trade.

Fair trade helps to improve the lives of the producers who fill our supermarket shelves by guaranteeing them a fair price for their products. The Fairtrade premium also gives producers money to invest in their local communities.

John McDowell said: “It is great to see the young people of Renfrewshire so involved with fair trade. It is vital that we make the younger generation aware of the issues in the world and I am proud that this trophy can encourage schools to become involved with fair trade.”

Acting Head Teacher, Michelle Ferguson, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and it is the least that our pupils and fair trade committee deserve.

“We have dedicated a lot of time making sure the pupils are aware of the issues of fair trade and tried to integrate it into our curriculum. The children are very enthusiastic in their learning and commitment to using fair trade wherever possible.

“We look forward to trying to retain the award next year!”

For more information visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.

Recent figure that show Glasgow as being among Europe’ fastest growing airports prove that Renfrewshire’s on the rise, according to Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council.

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More than 2.7 million passengers travelled through Glasgow Airport during the third quarter of 2015, representing an increase of 13.4% on the same period last year. The airport has recorded double digit percentage growth in its passenger numbers every month since November 2014 and is also 2015 UK Airport of the Year.

Councillor Macmillan said; “I congratulate Glasgow Airport on its fantastic growth and continuing success. The airport is a huge driver of economic development in Renfrewshire and the City Deal investments reflect this. The Airport will also make a great contribution to Paisley’s regeneration; supporting – and benefitting from – the development of the town as a tourist destination and bidder for UK City of Culture for 2020-21.”

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal will invest £144m in a new rail link to run between Glasgow Central, Paisley Gilmour Street and the airport. This will encourage a further increase in passenger numbers, make it easier for local workers to reach the airport and put Paisley squarely on the tourist map.

A further £51m infrastructure spend on the Airport Investment Area will create a uniquely well connected business location to support economic growth.

Councillor Macmillan continued; “The airport’s ongoing success, combined with our economic regeneration, City Deal opportunities and Paisley’s game-changing ambition, signal a new era for Renfrewshire. We will soon be positioned at the powerful centre of the region’s economy, with thriving communities and fantastic opportunities for our residents.”

HUNDREDS of shoppers got an early Christmas present when they turned out to see boy band 5ive turn on the Christmas lights at the intu Braehead shopping centre.

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Santa was there with a box of a dozen Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts for each of the first 700 people at the event.

Doughnut aficionados queued to get their hands on the tasty treats, which set them up for an evening of entertainment hosted by Britain’s Got Talent star, Edward Reid.

As well as the chart-topping band, 5ive – who have sold 1.5 million albums and two million singles in the UK alone – there were also performances from popular X Factor finalist, Nicholas McDonald along with fellow-Scots boy band, Rewind; heart-throb singer Michael Sutthakorn, from Belfast and Ryan Alexander.

And of course, Santa was on hand to help 5ive – Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson – with the countdown to the big switch on of the mall’s dazzling Christmas lights display.

There were fun and frolics for the kids from Fun Box and stars of the Braehead Clan also made an appearance on stage.

And the party didn’t stop once the lights were switched on, as over at Soar at intu Braehead buskers led a festive sing-along under a giant Christmas tree.

Santa’s Elves had already opening the doors of intu Braehead’s magical Santa’s Grotto where youngsters can meet Santa Claus and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We’ve got Christmas off to a cracker of a start and had one of our biggest ever turnouts for a festive lights switch-on.

“Everything’s now in place for a fantastic run-in to the big day. The place looks really festive with all our decorations and, of course, Santa’s in his grotto waiting to hear what all the youngsters want for Christmas.

“In fact, we can all go back to the excitement we felt at Christmas when we were young, as our festive online and TV advert is urging people to come and play this Christmas and feel the magic just like when they were a child.”

The free doughnuts offer comes only days after it was announced Krispy Kreme is to open a new Hotlight store at intu Braehead, on Wednesday, December 2.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What a fantastic night in Paisley once again with a splendid display of fireworks. We will over the coming days upload lots of photographs from the display.

The first set of photographs sent in are taken by Scottish Photography Productions and show Paisley Abbey looking splendid under the light of the fireworks.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall donned her overalls to spend a day in a local garage as part of her latest charity working challenge.

Kwik Fit Paisley is the latest company to invite the Provost to experience a day working in their industry; a challenge she took up immediately.

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The Provost took on a range of tasks throughout the day including basic car maintenance, mot servicing, reception duties and customer care.

During her visit Provost Hall was impressed to hear Kwik Fit are holding ‘Ladies in the Driving Seat’ car care evenings which aim to provide essential knowledge on car maintenance to ensure more women feel comfortable with their vehicles.

Provost Hall has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity through previous fundraising events, including numerous previous working challenges for which she is paid the living wage.

Kiwk Fit donated £500 to the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme, which will be shared equally among her four chosen charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Provost Hall said: “I was delighted when Kwik Fit invited me to spend a day working with them at their outlet in Paisley. The working challenges are a great opportunity to experience a different working environment and they certainly put me through my paces on the day.

“The ‘Ladies in the Driving Seat’ evenings are a terrific concept and will help female motorists feel at ease with their car should they have to take it to their local garage.

“All the money raised will be split between my four chosen charities allowing them to continue their vital work in the community. I am determined to raise as much as possible and any donations are always welcome.”

Paisley Kwik Fit Centre Manager Alan Fisher added: “The working day is a great initiative and Kwik Fit was delighted that Provost Hall chose to spend the day with the Paisley branch. We made sure the Provost received a true to life experience of working at Kwik Fit and we highlighted the importance of preventative maintenance to help keep our roads safe.”

For further information on the Provost’s fundraising, including previous working challenges, visitwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharity.

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Residents are being asked to don Paisley’s famous Paisley Pattern design when the unwraps its bid for UK City of Culture 2021 on Saturday 14 November.

Thousands of revellers will become part of Paisley’s Pattern during the town’s annual Christmas light switch on which this year will culminate in a spectacular light show to mark the launch of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

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More than 30,000 people are expected to turn out and the public will be asked to show their support for the bid on social media in what organisers hope will spark a massive social media campaign when the #paisley2021 is launched.

Before the Christmas lights are switched on, a stunning seven-minute Paisley-themed animated light show will be projected on to the side of Paisley Abbey in a unique experience for the town.

The Christmas Lights event itself will kick off at noon with the traditional reindeer parade – which this year follows a new route, starting and finishing on Paisley High Street and taking in Causeyside Street, Orchard Street, Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

The main stage on Gauze Street will be hosted by Clyde 1 DJs and will feature Funbox (formerly the Singing Kettle) as well as local rock band Dogtooth.

They will be followed by S Club Party – featuring Tina, Bradley and Jo from 90s/00s chart-toppers S Club 7 – with reigning X Factor champion Ben Haenow taking to the stage before the UK City of Culture light show at 6pm.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “We are calling on all residents to become part of Paisley’s Pattern by donning our world famous design. The people of Paisley and Renfrewshire are central to what we are doing in our ambitions to become UK City of Culture. It would be fantastic for the people to come out in force and wrap the town in Paisley Pattern.

“Thousands come to Paisley each year for the Christmas lights switch-on, so it makes sense for the public launch of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture to take place on what is one of the most popular dates in the local calendar with 32,000 attending last year.

“The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to use culture and heritage to transform the area’s future – we want to show everybody what Paisley has to offer.

“We are calling on people to take the opportunity to weave their own thread by showing their support at this major public event and on social media.

“UK City of Culture is awarded to towns and cities with a clear plan to use the title to change things for the better – such as attracting visitors, building pride in the town, changing perceptions of an area and boosting the local economy.

“But the bid will only work if the people of Paisley want and come forward and own it – so Saturday 14th is a chance for them to come out and show their support.”

On the day itself there will be photographers out and about capturing pictures of the crowd, which will be available for download from the soon-to-be-launched bid website at www.paisley2021.co.uk

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government and bids are due to be lodged in 2017, with the winner announced at the end of that year. If Paisley was selected it would be following Hull (2017) and Derry (2013) in holding the title.

All Paisley photographs above taken for Paisley.org.uk by David Weir.