Paisley Community Fire Station are having their annual Open Day on Saturday the 8th September.

11:00am – 4:00pm

Go along for lots of friendly family fun

Canal Street, Paisley.

  • Vintage Fire Engines
  • Raffles
  • Face Painting
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Games & Stalls
  • Competitions
  • Chip Pan Fire Display
  • Road Safety demo

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Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme

Superb line-up of Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme:

Autumn has arrived in Renfrewshire with a new and exciting arts programme jam packed with music gigs, plays, film screenings, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, dance pieces and outreach classes and events taking place at venues across the region.

The music programme kicks off with Heidi Talbot sharing a stage with John McCusker, Kris Drever and Ian Carr, quickly followed by a new series of Paisley Underground gigs which returns for its third year focusing on artists from 3 of the country’s most dynamic record labels as well as developing and promoting emerging talent.

Again the theatre programme boasts a diverse mix of themes, from the heart-warming and hilarious ‘The Matchmaker’ to the wonders of witchcraft, Wi-Fi and wild imagination in ‘The Scarlett WWWeb’. Moreover, the newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall will play host to ‘The Monster in the Hall’ by award winning playwright David Greig and come November you are encouraged to lose control as ‘Sing-a-long-a Grease‘ hits Paisley Town Hall with an electrifying performance.

The countdown to Mòd 2013 is now well underway and as a taster, Gaelic musicians Mairi Morrison and Alasdair Roberts take to the stage to perform their stunning new recording of ‘Urstan’ during The Spree festival in October.

Renfrewhire Arts and Museums is again working with The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to bring you insightful discussions, films, such as ‘My Name Is Joe’, and a drama performance called ‘Piece of Mind’; which brings to life the experiences of young people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

Two exhibitions not to be missed at Paisley Museum this season are Paisley Artists 100th Annual Exhibition and ‘Paisley’s River’, a presentation of the role that the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the years.

Once again our talented outreach team will be running an extensive programme of creative art, fashion design and animation classes, as well as family favourites Playdays! @ the Museum and themed Baby Discos.

The new Autumn What’s On brochure, complete with the full arts programme is available from various venues and hotspots across Renfrewshire and Glasgow.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts and Museums by following, logging onto or signing up to their e-newsletter by emailing where you have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon gift card if you do so before 2 November.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email

Image copyright of Phil Packer website

Lighting up Shakespeare combines Jacobean history (the period when Shakespeare’s plays were written and first performed) with the latest LED technology to authentically and safely create a unique audience experience. The project came from my own interest as a lighting designer; I wondered how it might have looked and how lighting could alter the dynamics of a theatre.

The project provides two aspects to the Jacobean stage; covering the stage with light as if lit by chandeliers and using prop lighting such as cressets and lanterns.  Chandeliers hung over the stage and also provided light onto the audience.  Cressets provided light at the front doors of the theatre and were then moved to the stage to add side light once the play started.  These items would have used tallow (animal fat) with a wick made from rush or flax.

Footlights added extra light and were basic to begin with; merely oil lamps placed at the front of the stage but later with advances from Nicola Sabbatini, became more technical and even had methods of “dimming”.

I originally wanted to recreate the Jacobean stage but the wide eyed look from my health and safety manager made me reconsider and that got me thinking… How do you recreate candle-light? How can we keep history alive without the health and safety risks?  My answer?  LEDs.

LED or Light Emitting Diode to give it its full title, have boomed in to the market of recent years and have been incorporated in to what seems like just about everything.  The main advantage to LEDs is their mono-chromaticity.  Now, this does present its own problems but if you took a normal tungsten light bulb and you dimmed it, you would notice it turning a more orange colour; its colour temperature changes.  If you dim an LED, its colour temperature does not change thus making it much easier to match the colour of the candle along with the light level or lux level.

Both stage lighting and prop lighting have two elements; the colour and the flicker. The tallow creates an orange-yellow flame, more orange than a modern day candle and not as bright.  To achieve this match, I used two different colour combinations: red, green and blue and orange, white and green.  When projected on to a reference white background, both combinations produced an exact metamer (colour match) to the tallow candle.

There’s so much more information I’d like to share with you on this project so please visit my website

Emma Armstrong is Stage Technician for Renfrewshire Arts and Museums, Scotland. There will be a “Lighting up Shakespeare” exhibition at Paisley Museum, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  It will be a small exhibition all about the work I have done on this project.  This opens on August 22nd 2012 and will run for 10 weeks.  I will also be presenting a paper at the Glasgow Progress in Colour Studies Conference on July 11th 2012.

Glasgow Warriors scrum down with Glasgow Airport in new partnership

Glasgow Warriors will have the chance to attract an army of potential new supporters after it was today confirmed they are to join forces with Glasgow Airport in an innovative new partnership.

Some seven million passengers travel through the airport every year and the Warriors will now be able to tap into this mix of travelling Glaswegians and visitors as part of the partnership agreement.

Glasgow Airport will display good luck messages to the Warriors team throughout the terminal area when they fly out for matches in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup, and will also provide lounge access for key coach and commercial meetings.

To enhance the partnership, Warriors players plan to stage skills drills and signing sessions in the terminal, the first date intended to coincide with the airport’s Best of Scotland campaign which is currently showcasing the best of what Glasgow and Scotland have to offer.


The partnership was announced as the Warriors prepare to take on Exeter Chiefs in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at Millbrae, home of Ayr RFC.

Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys told “We’re delighted to welcome Glasgow Airport as an official partner of Glasgow Warriors.

“Nearly every weekend of the rugby season Glasgow Warriors and opposition teams and supporters travel through Glasgow Airport to destinations across Europe as part of our schedule in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.  As we grow and achieve greater success in these competitions, more home and away supporters will be travelling through Glasgow Airport to watch the Warriors.

“With the move to our new home at Scotstoun Stadium, increased investment in our squad from Scottish Rugby, and record season ticket sales, we believe that we are on the verge of achieving something that has never been done before at Glasgow Warriors and give Glasgow and the west of Scotland a successful and thriving professional rugby team.

“But we know we can’t achieve this without support, and Glasgow Airport’s official partnership is a great example of a business seeing the opportunity to get behind what we are trying to achieve.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The Glasgow Warriors are regular travellers through the airport, as are their many competitors and legions of supporters, so it is a natural fit for the two of us to come together in this way.

“With Gregor Townsend at the helm and the move to the fantastic Scotstoun Stadium complete, this season promises to be an exciting one for the Warriors and we are looking forward to working with Nathan Bombrys and his team as they strive to bring more success to Glasgow.”

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend and back-row star Peter Horne were today on hand to get the partnership off to a flying start when they took to the tarmac at the airport.

The Warriors’ sponsor stable includes such renowned companies and brands as Canterbury of New Zealand, QBE, The Famous Grouse, McCrea Financial Services, The Malcolm Group, The Greenbelt Group and Hotel du Vin and Malmaison.



Second set of Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

If you have any photographs of Paisley and surrounding areas and would like your images to feature on here then please send them into full credit will be given.

All of the Paisley Photographs taken by Cameron Pollock for

Sunday the 19th August in town we took some amazing Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

Annie Crawford of Paisley on the web was on hand to take the first batch of photographs, Cameron Pollock was also at the event and we will post up his photos very soon.

These I am sure you will agree are some stunning photographs, Paisley at its best.

Here are various photographs of the  Fire Engine Rally in Gilmour Street, High Street and County Square, Paisley.

All photos are taken by Mags MacGee for

Please send any photographs you have in and we shall showcase them to all our visitors.

We have been sent in some lovely photos of the Fire Engine Rally today by Georgie and Lewis Brown’s mum (photos taken by Tony the dad).

These images brought a big smile to our faces and its great to be able to share them with everyone.

If you have any photos you would like to share please send them to you remain the owner of copyright and full credit will be given.

Here are some photos of the afternoon session with the Fire Engine Rally in Gilmour Street and County Square, Paisley.

All photos are taken by Ian McDonald for

Please send any photographs you have in and we shall showcase them to all our visitors.

If you would like to send in some photos for display please send them into full credit will be given.