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Visitors to this year’s Spree festival will be able to enjoy a food and drink bonanza after a local firm signed up as event sponsors.

Saporito – which runs two venues in the town centre – has teamed up with Italian brewing giant Birra Moretti to sponsor this year’s Spree, on between 9 and 17 October.

The nine-day event will see a top-notch bill of music, comedy and much more at various venues across the town, including a specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square.

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And this year’s event will carry an extra flavour with Saporito running three pop-up bars in the town centre during the festival week.

The Saporito/Birra Moretti bar tent will also be in County Square, offering a bar, live music, cocktail masterclasses, whisky tasting and carnival-style street food.

Beside that will be the Azzurro Street Cafe selling Italian coffee, cakes and crepes.

Saporito will also operate the bar within The Spiegeltent itself, as well as a beer tent in Abbey Close on Friday 16 October, when the festival’s headline show – a sold-out collaboration between Idlewild and the RSNO takes place in Paisley Abbey.

The Spree festival – now in its fourth year – is run by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place as part of the build-up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Councillor Roy Glen, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, popped into Saporito wine bar in New Sneddon Street to meet owners Gary McCaw and Craig Bickett.

Councillor Glen said: “The Spree festival is now in its fourth year and has grown in size to become one of the key events in the area’s cultural calendar.

“As the town moves towards its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, events like this will help cement Paisley’s status as a key destination on Scotland’s event map even further.

“I would like to thank everyone at Saporito for their sponsorship and I am sure the various activities they have planned will help create a real festival vibe in the town centre this October.”

As well as the wine bar – which opened earlier this year – Saporito also runs a cafe in Gauze Street.

Owner Craig added: “One of the main things we want to do as a business is to promote Paisley – and that is why we were keen to get involved with The Spree, which is a great event to have here in the town.”

Other musical highlights on this year’s bill include performances from Karen Matheson, James Grant, Barbara Dickson, Aidan Moffat, James Yorkston and 2015 Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph as well as two Best of Scottish Comedy nights run with The Stand comedy club.

There will also be a full week of children’s shows (many of them free) taking place during the October school holidays.

Tickets are selling well, with two shows already sold out – to see the full bill and buy tickets, see

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall soared through the skies as she jumped out of a plane for her first-ever charity skydive.

The daring Provost has taken up a mission to raise thousands of pounds for four charities based in Renfrewshire – Accord and St Vincent’s hospices, Recovery Across Mental Health and Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Renfrewshire provost anne hall on her tandem parachute jump with Chris Dickie of St Andrews Skydive See copy Jennifer Connolly..28 Aug 15

Renfrewshire provost anne hall on her tandem parachute jump with Chris Dickie of St Andrews Skydive See copy Jennifer Connolly..28 Aug 15

Provost Hall was joined by a team of charity-focused daredevils, who snapped up the chance to experience 30 seconds of free-fall at 120 mph from a drop of 10,000 ft.

Provost Hall said: “Many people have said a skydive is not something you expect every Provost to do, but when you listen to the inspirational stories of the many people my four chosen charities have helped, you realise you need to do something big, and this is big.

“The skydive was thrilling and I was lucky enough to experience it with a dedicated team of daredevils just as keen on charity as I am.

“My goal is to raise thousands of pounds for four charities based in Renfrewshire. They do fantastic work in the community and it is vital we give them something back for the hard work and dedication they give to others.”

Previously, Provost Hall has taken part in a charity wing-walk to raise money for Help for Heroes and a charity abseil from the roof of Renfrewshire Council HQ, Cotton Street in Paisley. Both events raised almost £13,000.

In total, the Provost’s charity fundraising scheme has raised over £18,000.

Skydive participants are hoping to raise a minimum of £500 each. All money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Recovery Across Mental Health, Renfrewshire Carers Centre and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

The skydive was organised by Skydive St Andrews.

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Bereaved Johnstone mum Kate Sharkey is forging ahead with plans to create a special memorial space in the town.

Kate aims to set up a memorial plaque on the square behind Johnstone Town Hall where loved ones could come to pay respect and to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.


Almost four years ago, Kate started going to local support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) after she lost her son Sean to suicide. Speaking to people who understood what she was going through has been a lifeline for Kate. Now, Kate wants to do something in her own community for others and decided to announce her plans during Suicide Prevention Week.

Kate said: “Going along to the SOBS support group felt daunting at first, but their support really helped me after Sean passed. Life is I knew it will never be the same again, but I find comfort in talking with others who have been through it too.

“I remember hearing that the second year is the hardest and I thought ‘I don’t see how that is possible’, but it really is true. Having my family and friends that I can talk to as well as a support group like SOBS has really helped.


“Talking about suicide openly has been a big help to me. Through talking about suicide and attending SOBS I became involved with the ‘No Substitute for Life‘ Memorial Football Tournament that takes place in Ferguslie Park in June. I have been part of the organising committee for the past four years however I want to create a local memorial space for the people of Johnstone and surrounding areas, a space that people visit to remember their loved ones lost to suicide. The support I have been given to make this happen has been tremendous and I am hoping to have a memorial plaque set up later this year.

“Being open about what’s happened has meant that a lot of people approach me to talk about their experiences or their concerns about their own loved ones contemplating suicide, so it’s clear to me that talking about it really does save lives. There is no good time to talk about suicide, but I hope people feel they can start the conversation during Suicide Prevention Week.”

Suicide Prevention Week runs from 7-13 September 2015.

Provost Anne Hall, who attends the annual SOBS memorial service every January at Renfrewshire Council HQ in Paisley, said: “Having a place to reflect on the memories of loved ones who have lost their lives to suicide is important and I fully support Kate in her plans to create a local memorial in Johnstone.”

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email

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Support is available

If you are feeling suicidal, the best thing is to talk. Speak to someone you can trust or call a helpline.

Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87. Breathing Space is a free and confidential phoneline service for anyone in Scotland who is experiencing low mood or depression and needs someone to talk to. Trained specialist advisors will listen to your problems and offer advice, guidance and support underpinned by empathy, warmth and understanding.

The number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90. Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service available across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for anyone who is struggling to cope. You can talk to Samaritans about whatever you are going through. Samaritans volunteers offer support via phone call, text, email and letters.

RAMH First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090. They provide an out of hours service with short term confidential and support service to anyone (16 – 65 years old) experiencing a crisis in their mental health in Renfrewshire.

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Thousands of residents from Renfrewshire and beyond were getting into buildings at the weekend during the area’s annual Doors Open Days.

Saturday and Sunday saw more than 60 venues across Renfrewshire throw open their doors to give people a look inside.

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Buildings old and new took part, from historic gems such as Paisley Abbey through to recent additions such as Johnstone Town Hall.

This year, highlights included the first-anniversary party for the re-opening of the ornate 19th-century Grand Fountain in Paisley’s Fountain Gardens, which was restored to its former glory last year.

Elsewhere, visitors could travel in style with a limousine tour of local landmarks led by Paisley firm JW Goudie.

And there was also the chance to drop in on a live archaeological dig at the Great Drain outside Paisley Abbey, run by Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

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The Doors Open Day event was organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Civic Trust, which runs the national event.

The council produced a special kids’ programme allowing youngsters to collect stamps at each venue visited, with prizes for those getting five or more.

They also had the chance to meet event mascots – Culture Vultures Victor and Vera, named in honour of Paisley’s upcoming bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was out and about over the weekend and said: “Once again, Renfrewshire Doors Open Day was a well-attended event.

“Sometimes it’s easy to walk past buildings without stopping to appreciate the quality of what we have here on our doorsteps.

“But the great thing about Doors Open Day is that it encourages people to be tourists in their own towns and appreciate our outstanding built heritage.

“Here in Renfrewshire we are fortunate to have some great buildings, from our collection of churches right up to new additions such as Johnstone Town Hall, which was taking part in its first Doors Open Day this year.”

For more information on local events, visit

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GLASGOW, 9 September 2015 – Air Canada today announced new seasonal non-stop flights from Glasgow Airport to its Toronto hub, Toronto Pearson, beginning in summer 2016. The route will be operated by Air Canada rouge, its leisure carrier, and provide Scottish customers with convenient options when travelling to Canada for leisure or business.

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The new service between the two cities will operate three times per week from 14 June to 25 September 2016. The flights are conveniently timed to connect with Air Canada’s extensive network across the Americas. Fares start from £400.60 roundtrip, including taxes and are now available for purchase at or by calling 0871 220 1111 and also through travel agents.


Air Canada rouge is designed to offer exceptional customer service, a relaxed in-flight environment and a host of Air Canada benefits. The Glasgow-Toronto route will be operated by 280-seat wide-body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Premium rouge customers can benefit from an enhanced meal service with carefully selected wines and beverages on fine dish- and glassware as well as a hot towel and snack service. Customers seated in rouge and rouge Plus will be served a complimentary hot meal with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. Air Canada rouge flights offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment to their own personal electronic devices, stylish and modern cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan miles.


“We are pleased to offer our Scottish customers even greater access to Toronto and beyond with direct flights from Glasgow next summer,” said Margaret Skinner, Air Canada’s Director, Sales – Europe. “These additional flights complement our existing summer service from Edinburgh, offering convenient connections to destinations across North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean through our Toronto hub.”


Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The decision by Air Canada rouge to introduce a direct service between Glasgow and its hub in Toronto is fantastic news for the airport and for Scotland. Not only will its arrival further strengthen our long haul connectivity, it will enhance our links with what is the world’s largest group of airlines, Star Alliance. Canada has always been a hugely important market for Scotland and passengers will be able to take advantage of Air Canada’s extensive route network throughout the Americas. The new Toronto service will also help generate significant inbound tourism for Glasgow and we look forward to welcoming the airline on board next year.”


Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said: “I congratulate both Glasgow Airport and Air Canada on the announcement of this new route, which will no doubt prove popular with both business travellers and tourists. Direct services like this provide Scottish companies with improved access to international markets and make Scotland even more attractive as a tourist destination, helping to build on the historic and cultural bonds between our two countries. I look forward to welcoming the first visitors from Toronto when the new service takes off next summer.”

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay said: “Today’s announcement of another exciting new air route into Scotland is brilliant news – not least given Air Canada’s membership of Star Alliance, one of the world’s greatest airline networks. Glasgow will now enjoy enhanced links across the Atlantic, and Scotland will be able to welcome even greater numbers of visitors from across Canada and beyond.

“Strong ancestral and family bonds mean that Canada is a major inbound tourism market for Scotland, and new reasons to visit like the interest stimulated by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the avidly-watched “Outlander” TV series, mean that we are in a good place to generate more visitors to Scotland. Air Canada rouge has been an important partner for us and we are working to ensure that partnership continues to drive additional benefit for the Scottish economy.”

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “This is a welcome announcement by Air Canada, one which will further strengthen our connections in this key international market and provide a real boost to tourism and business in Glasgow and Toronto. There will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service, which will improve Glasgow’s global competitiveness by providing passengers with greater worldwide connectivity through the extensive Star Alliance route network.


“Glasgow and Canada enjoy close cultural and historic ties and, building on the legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, this new direct service will further strengthen these important bonds. Glasgow is constantly striving to grow its air links and we are looking forward to working with colleagues at Air Canada rouge, Glasgow Airport and VisitScotland on joint marketing communications activity to ensure the success of this new route.”


Flight # From To Departs Arrives Frequency
AC1939 Glasgow Toronto 8:25 a.m. 10:50 a.m. Tue, Thu, Sun
AC1938 Toronto Glasgow 6:55 p.m. 6:40 a.m. +1 Mon, Wed, Sat


Since 2009, Air Canada has increased its system-wide international capacity, measured by seats, by approximately 50 per cent. This year, Air Canada launched new international services from Montreal to Venice and Mexico, Vancouver to Osaka, and Toronto to Amsterdam. In November, the airline will launch non-stop service to Dubai and Delhi from Toronto and it has also announced new service beginning in 2016 to Brisbane from Vancouver, to Lyon from Montreal, and to London-Gatwick from Toronto.

About Air Canada and Air Canada rouge
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 190 destinations on five continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 Canadian cities, 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries.  Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  For more information, please visit: follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

Air Canada rouge is Air Canada’s leisure airline. Together with Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada rouge offers competitively-priced travel to 49 exciting leisure destinations on 67 routes in Europe, Mexico, the U.S., the Caribbean, Asia, South America and Canada. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Air Canada rouge is backed by Air Canada’s 77-year reputation for safety and reliability and Air Canada Vacations’ 30-plus year history of vacation travel excellence. For more information, visit or to book a flight visit Visit Air Canada rouge on Facebook at

Paisley Doors Open Day 2015 starts on September 5th September, this is one of the best days to get into buildings you normally would never get the chance to, take our camera with you and send us some snaps in and show off Paisley architecture to the rest of the world.

You wont be disappointed its one of the best days out for the family around. Please click here for the area (Renfrewshire leaflet) or the Paisley venues are listed below.

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Over 250 health, social work and voluntary sector workers will join colleagues from the emergency services at Paisley Town Hall, on 3 September, for Renfrewshire’s annual child protection conference.

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The conference, organised by the Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee (RCPC), includes presentations from a high-powered panel of professors including Alexis Jay OBE, who led the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham. Earlier this year, Professor Jay was invited to give a detailed presentation on her findings to members of the RCPC and councillors.

Brigid Daniel, Professor of Social Work at the University of Stirling, will be speaking on the need to develop authoritative responses to child neglect. Professor Andrew Kendrick, Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, will be speaking about his ongoing work into the historic abuse of children in Scotland.

Andrew Lowe, Independent Chair of the Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee (RCPC), said, “We are delighted to have secured such eminent speakers this year. The conference has become an important annual event for Renfrewshire as we strive to provide and discuss the latest information on keeping our children safe from harm.

“We also need to remember that keeping our children safe is everyone’s job. Without the information provided by friends, family members and neighbours our job becomes very difficult indeed.

“We urge anyone who is worried about a child or young person to get in touch and share their concerns, no matter how minor they may seem. Small pieces of information can build into a bigger picture highlighting that a child is at risk.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said, “This conference puts a number of key child protection issues under the microscope – neglect, historic abuse and child sexual exploitation.

“Sharing information and working together effectively are hugely important when it comes to protecting children. This conference offers colleagues the chance to build professional relationships and explore the challenges we all face in protecting vulnerable children and young people.”

In addition to the key speakers, the event features a range of seminars hosted by Barnardo’s, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), Kibble Education and Care Centre, Renfrewshire Council, Theraplay and Women & Children 1st.

Anyone who is worried about a child or young person should call:

Social Work 0300 300 1199, 0800 811 505 out-of-office hours
Police Scotland 101 or 999 in an emergency
Childline 0800 1111
NSPC Helpline 0800 811505.


Renfrewshire Council has welcomed Network Rail’s £100,000 facelift for bridges and buildings it owns in Paisley’s Weir Street and Incle Street.

The work included painting the rail bridges at Weir Street and Incle Street and removing the foliage from the Network Rail owned buildings on Weir Street.


Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment policy Board said, “It is excellent to see companies that own important parts of Paisley’s infrastructure taking action to preserve them and improve the image of the town.

“Paisley town centre has the second-highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland. That fantastic architectural history is at the centre of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans.”

“The bridges on Incle Street and Weir Street are often the first things that visitors see when they are driving in from the M8 or coming out of Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

“The station is a Category B listed building and is the fourth-busiest railway station in Scotland. It backs onto Weir Street so it is very important that it is properly looked after.”

BRAVE Jay Semple ran both the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run yesterday even though he is blind.

The 36-yer-old dad was determined not to let his lack of sight stop him taking part and raise money for charity.

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Jay, from Glaive Road, in Glasgow was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition when he was 15 and last October he eventually completely lost his sight.

But the determined runner tied a rope to his wrist and attached it to his friend, William Robertson, who ran with him and guided him through the streets of Paisley for the 10k race.

Then shortly after completing the course in a creditable one hour and two minutes, Jay put his two-year-old son, Tyler-James on his shoulders, attached the wrist cord to his sister, Diane and ran the 3k Fun Run course.

Jay suffers from Choroideremia – a recessive eye disease that leads to blindness – but even when his sight was deteriorating, he has ran an amazing 55 races since 2012, as he raised money for various charities.

Yesterday, Jay was running to raise sponsorship for the Rangers Charity Foundation.

He said: “I only completely lost my sight last October and now I can only see light. I can’t even see my son smiling.
“But I’m determined that my blindness isn’t going to stop me running and raising money for charity.

“It was quite scary running and not being able to see where I was going, but I knew my wee boy would be waiting for me at the finishing line and that kept me going.

“I wanted to prove to myself that I could still do it. No matter how bad my eyesight is I’m determined to carry on running.”

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, who are one of the Paisley 10k race organisers said: “Jay is an inspiration to us all and it’s fantastic that he not only ran the 10k, but went on to complete the fun run as well.”


SERGEANT Andy Laird gave his men the runaround yesterday, so they’d know the drill when they took part in the Paisley 10k Race at the weekend.

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A team of five soldiers from the Territorial Army 102 Field Squadron, based in Paisley, got some last-minute training at the hands of Sergeant Laird, as they prepared to join the ranks of thousands of other athletes and fun runners pounding the streets.

The Hillington Park-sponsored Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run has become one of the most popular events of its kind in Scotland and this year takes place on Sunday, August 30 in and around the town centre.

The team from 102 Field Squadron is Corporal Robert Storrie, Corporal Darren Forsythe, Sapper David McMenamay (correct) Lance Corporal Sean Deans and Sergeant Danny Lafferty.

Sergeant Laird said: “We’re all about teamwork at 102 Field Squadron and also being part of the community in Paisley.

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is a major event for the local community, so it was something we wanted to be involved with and enter a team into the race.

“We might not win the Paisley 10k, but the lads taking part will give it their best shot, if you’ll pardon the military pun!”
Joyce McKellar is chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, one of the event organisers and she said:

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is something for everyone of all ages and from all walks of life to take part in and enjoy.

“It’s great that the lads from 102 Field Squadron decided to take part in the race and I hope they get a big cheer as they run round the course. ”

As well as the race and fun run, there will be children’s entertainment In County Square from 9.30am – 2.30pm with free face painting, balloon modeler and inflatable slide along with comedy street entertainers on stilts in and around the race area.