Paisley Town Hall reopens after £2.4million upgrade

One of Paisley’s most iconic buildings has reopened to the public after a £2.4million upgrade.

Paisley Town Hall, opened in 1882, is looking at its best again after an extensive programme of improvements and repairs

The work included roof and stonework repairs, a completely remodelled entrance and reception area more in keeping with the buildings Victorian heritage, and much more improved access for customers with mobility issues.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell recently visited the Town Hall and met with staff and customers.

“The Town Hall holds a special place in Paisley’s history and we want to ensure that it retains that role in Paisley’s future” he said

“The investment is not only conserving part of Paisley’s architectural heritage. It is also contributing to Paisley’s economic regeneration”

“The upgraded Town Hall joins the refurbished Paisley Arts Centre, and the recently confirmed plans for housing and retail development on the former Arnotts site, as evidence that we are keeping the town’s heritage relevant through innovative approaches”

“Thousands of visitors will have the chance to experience the Town Hall for themselves in October when the venue will host performances at the Royal National Mód.”

“Visitors will shortly be able to use a new tourism information point located within the reception area”

“The whole package of improvements, such as new meeting and gathering spaces just inside the entrance, will also enhance the Town Hall’s reputation as a high quality venue for everything from wedding receptions and conferences to business conferences and community events.”

Among the most noticeable new features are stunning specially made chandeliers which have the Paisley pattern incorporated into them

Externally, the work showcases some of the buildings distinctive features such as the roof turrets and the clock tower.

Depute Provost Caldwell added: “Overall, I believe the work does credit to the imagination and vision which created Paisley Town Hall and helps preserve its appeal and relevance for future generations.”

Ian Walford, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland said: “Paisley Town Hall is an important and historic Renfrewshire building and I’m delighted that Historic Scotland has played a part in safeguarding its future. The £2.4million upgrade included £482,000 funding from Historic Scotland for repairs to the historic fabric of the building, including extensive stonework and roof repairs. After a year-long programme of works I am pleased to see this notable landmark being re-opened with great fanfare, to be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.”

All photographs are taken by Tracey Clements for

Sma’ Shot Day 2013

Celebrate the weavers’ victory in one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world!

Listen for the beat of the Charleston Drum as it makes its way from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, and watch the colourful procession, headed by The Cork…who always meets a spectacularly-fiery end!


With music, entertainment, stalls, mini-zoo and so much more, it’s always a great day out for all the family.

The parade is on from noon to 12.45pm, with the burning of the cork at 5pm.

Paisley Central Library will be hosting a display and film on the life of celebrated trade unionist Willie Gallacher. There will also be a tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, with free tickets available from the town hall.

Date: Saturday 6 July

Time: Noon until 5pm

Venue: Abbey Close and elsewhere, Paisley town centre

Sma’ Shot Festival

The festival came about as a result of a political battle fought between the weavers of Paisley and their employers, the manufacturers, in the 19th Century.

The Sma’ (small) Shot was a cotton thread which bound all the colourful weft threads into the warps of the famous shawls.

However, the Sma’ Shot was unseen in the finished garments and so the manufacturers, known locally as ‘corks’, refused to pay for the thread.The weavers had no choice but to buy the thread themselves. Without it the shawls would fall apart and the weavers would not be paid for their work. A long dispute followed.

The Charleston drum, which was beaten through the streets of Paisley to summon the weavers in times of trouble, was beaten once again to rally the weavers in protest marches. After a long and hard struggle, the manufacturers backed down and the weavers were paid for the Sma’ Shot.

In 1856 the first Saturday in July, a traditional holiday for the weavers, was renamed Sma’ Shot Day in honour of the victory.From that day and for many years, the Charleston drum was used to rally weavers and lead them to the departure point for their annual trip, usually “doon the watter” to Ayr.
The demise of the weaving industry, the introduction of the five day working week and a change in local government brought an end to Sma’ Shot Day in 1975, but in 1986 local councillors and the people of Paisley decided to revive this great tradition.
Since then, on the first Saturday of July, once more the beating of the Charleston drum rallies the people of Paisley to a gathering outside Paisley Town Hall, and a procession is held through the streets of Paisley, led by ‘The Cork’, an effigy of one of the manufacturers defeated by the Paisley weavers.

Stunning Time Lapse photography taken over the town of Paisley.

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Start spreading the news, The Rat Pack is Back…again!

Returning to Paisley after a hugely successful 2012 summer show, the original British tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr will return to Paisley Town Hall on July 14 accompanied by the fabulous Don Hunt Orchestra and The Flamingo Showgirls.

THE-RAT-PACK-WEST-ENDIn town for their 15th Anniversary tour, Frank (David Alacey), Sammy (Des Coleman) and Dean (Paul Drakeley) will take audiences on a glamorous journey to the Las Vegas strip and the Sands Hotel where they will perform a catalogue of classic hits, including Mr BojanglesMy Way and Mack the Knife over the course of a fantastic two hour live set.

The Rat Pack is Back perfectly captures not only the music of the original legends, but also the comedy and personalities of the stars who once ruled the entertainment world of Las Vegas – a talent which was enjoyed by a 400 strong audience at last year’s performance.

Memories really are made of this: book early and enjoy a swinging evening courtesy of the Kings of Cool.

The Rat Pack is Back will be at Paisley Town Hall on Sunday 14 July, 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £16 (£14.50 concession) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Paisley.

Photographs of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) parading in Paisley earlier. All Photographs taken for by Tracey Clements.

You can see a lot more photographs by visiting our Paisley Facebook Page.


Soldiers from The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) will hold a series of parades throughout their traditional Scottish recruiting areas in June 2013. The battalion, which is currently based in Canterbury, will march in Port Glasgow, Paisley, Stirling and Falkirk.

argyls-paisleyAs part of the Army 2020 announcement in July 2012, the need for a Scottish Public Duties Incremental Company was identified. Therefore, the decision was made to reduce 5 SCOTS and convert their role from an Air Assault Battalion to a Public Duty Incremental Company. 

In June 2013 the battalion will become, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) – a fully formed Light Infantry Company, with around 100 soldiers, whose primary role will be to conduct State Ceremonial and Public Duties across Scotland. The reduction in strength will see the majority of soldier’s backfilling to other Scottish battalions.

Official Parade Details updated from last night..

Parade sets off at 11am down Gilmour Street to High Street.

Along High Street to Storie Street.

Down Storie Street into Witherspoon Street Witherspoon Street into New Street.

Cross Causeyside Street into Orchard Street.

Turn left into Bridge Street.

Turn Left into Abbey Close. 

Lord Lieutenant and Depute Provost receives the Battalion at

approximately 11.45am.


Details courtesy of Renfrewshire Council and the British Army Press office.

5SCOTS the Argyll and Sutherland highlanders Parade through Paisley

Soldier Kenny Kyle posted this on our Facebook Group: 5SCOTS the Argyll and Sutherland highlanders are parading through Paisley Renfrewshire this Wednesday !


This battalion historically has loads of boys recruited from the town and that is the same to this day. Let’s see the town show their appreciation and support to the lads both young and old, past and present as this will be the last time they parade their colours. Sad day! Good luck boys, have a great day!

5Scots will form up in Gilmour Street at 10:30 then step off at 11:00 to parade through Paisley, please come out and thank our boys and reflect on the sad passing of such a historic Scottish Regiment.

Parade Route:

12 June 2013 – Paisley 11.00hrs
Parade steps off at County Place, High Street/Story Street Junction,
saluting dias at Paisley Abbey.



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Accord Hospice Fayre 2013 Photographs

The Accord Hospice Fayre held at the newly refurbished Paisley Town Hall was a great success attracting people from all over Renfrewshire to support the annual event.

Accord Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no longer be appropriate.

All Photographs for Paisley on the web were taken by Tracey Clements.

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Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

Paisley Town Hall welcomes the annual Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

Accord Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no longer be appropriate.

This years event  is to be held on Saturday 8th June 2013 10am – 4pm

Accord Hospice Summer Fayre always attracts a huge crowd and this year is already promising to be bigger than ever

A craft fayre, bric-a-brac stall, a tea room, hot food stalls, games, competitions and lots lots more

And to keep the kids amused there will be face painting, bouncy castles and more

So come along and support ACCORD  – we hope to see you there.


Renfrewshire Provost’s Charity Abseil Photographs

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25).

As usual we were on hand to record the events for the benefit of the community to highlight the positive action being taken by all individuals involved, all Paisley Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for