Paisley West End News


On Wednesday 11 November, Renfrewshire Council will honour those who died in the First World War, the Second World War and subsequent conflicts.

At 11am employees will observe the traditional Armistice Day, Two Minutes Silence.


Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said, “Armistice Day originally commemorated the end of the fighting during the First World War. Now it honours those who died in that conflict and the ones which followed.

“People in Renfrewshire will join with millions of others across the UK in observing the traditional Two Minutes Silence at 11am. I would ask anyone visiting council premises or contacting the council to join us in this mark of respect.”

Customers are being asked not to contact the council during the Two Minutes Silence.

Saturday 14th November – Gates Open 6:30pm


Paisley Rugby Club are proud to announce the Annual Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 14th November – gates open at 6.30pm.

Admission :
Adult £4
Under 17 £ 2.50
Under 5 £ free…
Family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) £12

Get Ready for Winter

With winter on the way, Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has today called on local people to ensure that they are taking advantage of the free help and support that exists with their energy bill.

Get Ready for Winter

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The nights are starting to get darker earlier and we can all feel the temperatures starting to drop.

“Winter is coming and there is a range of assistance out there that can help keep people warm during the winter months, including assistance that can help people insulate their homes.

“Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is extremely important and I advise all local people to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer to them.”

Christine McGourty, Managing Director of Scottish Gas said: “Winter can be a challenging time for households and many people will be concerned about their winter energy bill. There is help available and we urge customers to get in touch to find out what advice and support is on offer.

“In the long term, energy efficiency is still the best way to save money on bills. Scottish Gas is pleased to be working with government at all levels to roll out free loft and cavity wall insulation for eligible households, and you don’t need to be a Scottish Gas customer to sign up.

“We’re also proud to be leading the way in the roll-out of smart meters which enable you to see how much energy you are using in pounds and pence and identify where savings can be made.”

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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

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 by David Weir.

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Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Military representatives past and present will join representatives of Renfrewshire Council and a wide range of organisations and community groups at services.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who will be attending Paisley’s Remembrance Service, said: “This is always a time when the whole community comes together to reflect on and to honour the service of our armed forces in military conflicts past and present.

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“The services of commemoration give us all the opportunity to remember with pride those who sacrificed so much for their own and future generations.”

On Friday 06 November, pupils from Brediland Primary and St Paul’s Primary, both in Paisley, will attend a service at Paisley Abbey at 10.25am. The pupils will then walk to The Cenotaph accompanied by the Royal British Legion.

On Sunday November 08, the Remembrance commemorations taking place in Renfrewshire include:

10.45am to 12noon

The service will be preceded by a march by the Royal British Legion to the Cenotaph followed by prayers, scripture readings and a wreath-laying.


9.45am – 10.30am

The Cenotaph, St Andrew’s Cross


12.30 to 1.30pm

War Memorial, Houston Square


2.30 – 3.00pm

War Memorial, Abbey Cemetery.



Howwood War Memorial, Howwood

Bridge of Weir


Bridge of Weir War Memorial



Houston War Memorial



Kilbarchan War Memorial

Paisley Fireworks Spectacular is back with a phenomenal pop-tastic fireworks display in the town centre on Saturday 7 November.

The pop-fuelled display will go up with a bang to the sound of pop music at a new time of 7pm, allowing for an extra hour of spectacular entertainment before the big finale.

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The excitement kicks-off at noon when the Clyde 1 DJs take to the main stage on Gauze Street to introduce an afternoon of music and live entertainment.

The big line-up includes Paisley band Lemonhaze, an experimental indie four-piece band known for their unique sound and Glasgow band The Archers. Local young musicians, supported by Create and Hit the Road, will also perform on the stage from noon.

This year the fireworks will be launched from the top of Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters on Cotton Street, with the best views for the public in the area around Abbey Close and Gauze Street.

Other attractions on offer include a funfair, while there will be face painters and street entertainers out in the town centre during the day.

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Residents should be aware there will be a series of road closures implemented from early on Saturday morning onwards in the area around Gauze Street, Cotton Street and High Street, with parts of Seedhill Road and Causeyside Street to be closed from mid-afternoon on Saturday until after the event.

Mill Street will also be closed temporarily between 6.45pm and 8pm to ensure the safety of the public but with minimal disruption to traffic.

Full details are available online at

Paisley Fireworks Spectactular 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.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The annual fireworks display is an established family favourite and usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands.

“We have another bill of top-notch entertainment lined up for this Saturday ahead of the spectacular fireworks finale at 7pm. With a new launch pad – on top of Renfrewshire Council buildings on Cotton Street – we hope more people than ever before get a fantastic view of this stunning display.

“The town has a growing events programme – such as the Paisley Halloween Festival which saw over 30,000 people come into the town last weekend. As the town gears up for its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, we hope to hold more exciting events in the future.”


Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its autumn/winter programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Paul Tatner about the landscape and wildlife of the Yukon territory, Canada. The talk will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on 5 November, 7.30pm.

Visit a truly wild and natural environment where Man’s influence is almost minimal. This talk will describe an amazing arctic environment and its inhabitants both large and small from the tiny insects to the giant grizzly bear.

The talk is free to attend and open to all.




On Thursday 29th of October RWCU will be attending University west of Scotland to work alongside the funding and advice team as part of the universities ‘money advice’ campaign. The campaign will encourage students to plan ahead and start saving.


The funding team at UWS work very hard throughout the year to ensure that students can study without having to stress about their financial situation. During the month long campaign the funding team want to encourage students to save for their summer as well as their future. RWCU will be working with UWS to promote sensible saving; being a member a credit union allows the students to have access to all the different products and services. Students can become members, save regularly and then access an ethical loan that could help them during the summer or after they have completed their studies.


A credit union is a ‘Mutual’ organisation, this means that it is owned by its members and all the benefits are for the members alone, keeping the money in Renfrewshire for the benefit of the people of Renfrewshire. As the money is being kept in Renfrewshire for the benefit of members it means that we are able to offer affordable loans at fair rates of interest to meet every day needs.

Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union will be working closely with the UWS funding department over the next few months to raise awareness of the saving options that are available to students and raise awareness of the credit union movement that is taking place. RWCU will be at the university from 11am – 2pm on Thursday 29th October.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is searching for nominations of local unsung heroes for the forthcoming Provost Community Awards.

Nominations are now open providing a chance to recognise people who devote their time to helping others in the community but expect nothing in return.

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There are five categories under which people can be nominated; Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year.

Provost Hall said: “Every year we uncover new people who work tirelessly for the community for nothing more than the satisfaction that they are making a difference. These awards are an excellent opportunity to thank those whose efforts go under the radar.

“Nominations are increasing each year which is terrific and deciding on the winners is proving more and more difficult.

“I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate as we must reward those individuals and groups who continually go that extra mile.”

Three categories are sponsored by local companies- Community Volunteer by Glasgow Airport Ltd; Community Group by the Piazza Shopping Centre; and Sporting Achievement by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services.

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Nicola MacNaughton, Glasgow Airport Communications and Public Affairs Manager, said: “Communities are founded on the time and effort put in by the people who live within them. These volunteers deserve recognition for their efforts and we are proud to honour them through this award.”

Piazza Centre Manager, Maureen Hill said: “There are many community groups across Renfrewshire which undertake vital work with little acknowledgement of their efforts. This award takes the time to thank them for their work and the impact they make in our communities.”

Acre Industrial Services Ltd Managing Director, Jim Price said: “Sport is an important part of local communities across all age groups and is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. We are delighted that we can continue to reward those who take their commitment to the next level and beyond.”

The Employer of the Year award is sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMIllan and encourages employees to nominate employers who have provided a positive working environment which provides training and development opportunities to its workforce.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison donates the Carers’ Award which rewards anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Nominations can be submitted online at

Printed forms are available at Council offices and facilities.

The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2016.

Winning candidates will be invited to the Provost’s Community Awards ceremony in March 2016.

monte carlo

A Belgian driver is set to travel all the way from Paisley to Monaco in the 2016 Monte Carlo Classic Rally behind the wheel of a London taxi.

Jean-Marie Herman (64) will set the meter of his 1950s Austin FX3 running at Paisley Abbey and hopes to still be going 2800km later, at the sun-kissed casino town of Monte Carlo.

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The audacious bid will retell one of the most colourful stories of the rally’s 105 year history and will put the UK starting city of Paisley in the spotlight on January 27th.

Back in 1961, ex F1 driver Tony Brooks and navigator Willy Cave piloted the same make of London cab from Scotland to the Riviera, capturing media attention across Europe.

That car was sponsored by BBC Sportsview and Belgian Jean-Marie researched the story before purchasing an exact replica in Germany three years ago for 4000 Euros.

Since then, he has been modifying the car to meet official regulations and is delighted to be entering his very first Monte Carlo Classic Rally, from Paisley.

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Speaking at the official launch of the 2016 rally at Paisley’s Anchor Mills, he said: “This is one of the most famous motoring events in the world and I hope the people of Scotland and the photographers will enjoy seeing the car when we leave Paisley Abbey.

“I gathered as much information online about the London taxi from 1961 and looked at the regulations to see what would comply with the rules for 2016.

“It was not too expensive to buy the exact replica in Europe but the restoration has cost quite a bit. The car is nearly ready now and I only need to attach all the rally-specific additions and the taxi meter!

“I have no pretensions of getting the best time or winning stages. My crew and I only want to get to Monaco and open a bottle of champagne at the harbour.”

Also in attendance at the launch was legendary navigator from 1961, Willy Cave, who recalls the frenzy the original London taxi caused back in the sixties.

Cave, now 88, is still navigating and has entries secured for the next two Monte Carlo Classic rallies, which will take him beyond his 90th birthday.

“I think it is great what Jean-Marie is doing and I hope he does as well as we were doing in the 1961 rally before we had to stop to do some BBC filming work,” said Cave, who will start the rally this year from Reims.

“When we entered the taxi, it was quite controversial in some quarters. One of the motoring journalists of the time suggested it was an unpopular move- that could not have been further from the truth.

“When we left Blythswood Square in Glasgow, the crowds were five deep and they loved the fact that myself and Peter Dimmock, the BBC Sportsview presenter, ‘hailed’ the cab in our bowler hats and umbrellas before we went on our way. The reaction was the same at every control point between Scotland and Monaco.”

Around 70 classic cars will go over the start ramp in Paisley on January 27th, with crowds of between 5000 and 10 000 spectators expected to wave the competitors off.

Paisley joins Oslo, Reims, Bad Homburg and Barcelona as one of the official start points.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council leader, added: “I would like to wish all the best to Jean-Marie and Willy ahead of their rally entries – great stories like this are what make the Monte such an utterly special event.

“We are delighted to be hosting the Rally here in Paisley for the third year in a row and we look forward to welcoming another big crowd in January.

“Hosting such a truly international event is really helping put Paisley on the map ahead of our upcoming bid for UK City of Culture, 2021.”