Ralston, Paisley News

Imaginate – Edinburgh’s international children’s festival which runs from 28 May to 5 June – showcases the world’s best theatre and dance for children.


This year, in a bid to spread the festival magic further afield, Imaginate will be touring one of its best shows to venues across Scotland, and is coming to Paisley Arts Centre on 17 May 2016.

Go Get ‘em Kid was specially created by dance rising star Tamsyn Russell to appeal to children and those new to dance. The high-energy dance duet is filled with humour, with both dancers playing with 100 colourful t-shirts, creating shapes and testing the bonds of friendship between them. The show ends with both girls sharing the same outsized t-shirt! With a toe-tapping soundtrack, flailing hair and flying t-shirts, this show is a joy from beginning to end.

Go Get ‘em Kid was commissioned by Imaginate with support from Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund after the Festival Director spotted some of Tamsyn’s work in progress and decided it should be made into a full piece.

Tamsyn Russell, choreographer and performer said:
“Go Get ’em Kid is the first work I have made for young audiences. I wanted to make a pure contemporary dance piece which has highly technical dance vocabulary and full of energy with a diverse soundtrack. As dancers Go Get ’em Kid is so much fun to perform and I hope the audience, young and old, will enjoy its pace and humour.”

This year’s festival programme, brimming with magic, sounds and colours from all over the world, is sure to inspire and delight both the young and young-at-heart. With 14 shows from 9 different countries, the festival is recognised as one of the best places for international programmers to see work of the very highest standard. The festival opens with a Family Fringe weekend at the National Museum of Scotland with performances and free drop-in activities all day including live music, storytelling, hands-on arts and more – perfect for 0-12 year olds.

Speaking about the Festival, incoming Imaginate Festival Director Noel Jordan said:
“Imaginate Festival offers children, their teachers and families a feast of international performances for all ages and taste. We have hand-picked shows from all over the world to ensure audiences experience some of the most exciting and innovative theatre and dance.
Because this is what Imaginate is all about – Supporting and developing theatre and dance for children of the highest standard. Ensuring children in Scotland have access to experiences as good as, if not better, than what is on offer for adults. Respecting children in their own right as the people they are now, not the people they will become.” 



  • 8.5% increase in passenger numbers
  • Demand for EU destinations up 21%

Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest April on record after almost 722,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 8.5% on the same period last year.

Amanda McMillan, Glasgow Airport May 2015

The airport, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has enjoyed its busiest ever start to a year and its success in strengthening its European connectivity saw demand for EU scheduled destinations increase by 21%. Over the course of the past 18 months the airport has added services to some of Europe’s major cities including Prague, Budapest, Milan and Bucharest.

International and domestic traffic grew by 11.6% and 5.6% respectively with British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair all reporting an increase in demand for their London services. Other carriers such as Air France, Germanwings, Blue Air and Jet2 also enjoyed strong demand for services during April.

Amanda McMillan, chief executive of AGS Airports Limited and managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is extremely pleasing to see our new European services perform so well, as we knew they would. We have worked extremely hard to deliver the services our passengers demand and in April we received the welcome news that Ryanair will introduce direct flights to both Brussels Charleroi and Sofia later in the year.

“For the airport the busy summer period is now underway which has seen the return of long haul carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and WestJet. Over the coming months we will also welcome Air Canada Rouge on board as well as Korean Air which will launch Scotland’s first ever direct service to Seoul, South Korea.

“Alongside our ongoing efforts in route development, we are currently investing £25 million which includes a comprehensive redevelopment of our main departure lounge. This will see a number of new catering and retail outlets open over the summer months.

“The most pleasing aspect of April’s figures is that they ensure we remain on course to exceed nine million passengers for the first time during what is our 50th anniversary year.”

Traffic summary

April 2016

Terminal passengers




May 2015 to April 2016 %


721,796 8.5% 8,967,249



42 five-a-side teams from across Renfrewshire came together to take part in the annual Street Stuff Festival of Football at St Mirren FC’s Paisley 2021 Stadium on 3 May.

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This was the sixth annual Festival, organised by Street Stuff which provides a year-round programme of football, dance and other activities across Renfrewshire for young people aged 10-18.

At the end of the night the winners of the four age categories were:

8-10 year-olds – Paisley Central

11-12: Glenburn

13-15: Shortroods

16+: Ferguslie

The winning teams received trophies and all of the entrants in the younger age-groups received Paisley 2021 goodie bags and participation medals.

All of the participants were provided with healthy food and drinks during the evening.

As well as live football, players and spectators could also enjoy virtual football on FIFA Tournament on games consoles in the two Renfrewshire Youth Buses that attended the event. Attendees could also take part in dance activities inside the stadium complex.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment policy Board, said:

‘It was great to see so many young people turn up to play in this event and support their friends.

‘The fact that this is our sixth annual festival shows how Street Stuff has become an important part of many young people’s lives in Renfrewshire.

‘As well as special events like this, Street Stuff is offering positive things for young people to do in all of our communities, all year round.

‘I would recommend young people in all of our communities find out what Street Stuff is doing in their area and get involved.’

St Mirren FC chief executive, Tony Fitzpatrick, said:

‘We are delighted with the number of local teams that turned out for the tournament here at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

‘t was great to see so many young people getting involved in the positive activities that Street Stuff is offering across Renfrewshire.’

More information about Street Stuff is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff

A Paisley based airline baggage courier has secured a double boost, landing a nationwide contract with Virgin Atlantic and expanding into the busy London airline market for the first time.


THS Couriers, which has its headquarters near Glasgow Airport and operates at 12 airports across the country, is one of the fastest growing airline delayed baggage businesses in the UK.


The company beat off stiff UK wide competition to land a contract with the long haul airline to provide a delayed baggage service at its four UK hubs – London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow.

The deal means that, for the first time, THS Couriers will operate at London’s two main airports. Until now, the company has offered baggage repatriation services for airlines in the north of England and Scotland.

The deal sees the opening of a new depot at London Heathrow, creating five new full-time jobs and bringing the company’s overall workforce up to 30.

The company is in talks with other potential airline customers and hopes to add to its already impressive portfolio of clients.

THS Couriers supports British Airways (BA) operations at Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Aberdeen airports and from next month, it will also support BA’s operations at Inverness Airport when a new daily service to London Heathrow is launched.

Other airline clients include Emirates, Lufthansa, Flybe, American Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Jet2.

Formed in 2010, THS Couriers is owned by husband and wife team Kevin and Lesley Muir who together have decades of experience in the airline industry. Both were previously employed by bmi, Kevin as apron manager at Edinburgh Airport and Lesley as station manager at Glasgow Airport.

THS Couriers Director Kevin Muir said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Virgin Atlantic, a move which sees us expand into the key London market for the first time. Virgin is the latest big addition to our client portfolio and we look forward to supporting their operations at Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow airports and delivering an excellence service for their passengers.

“We started THS Couriers in 2010 at a difficult time for the aviation industry but we have worked hard to grow the business and secure new clients. With operations across the UK, a new London hub and an expanding workforce, we are confident about our potential for future growth. “

Customer Services Director Lesley Muir added: “Losing luggage can be a difficult experience. Our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring that passengers are reunited with their lost luggage as quickly and effortlessly as possible. The fact that Virgin Atlantic have brought us on board – in the face of strong competition – is a real vote of confidence in our ability to provide a quality service for passengers.”



The two Johnstone Pipe Bands have continued their solid start to the Competitive season by following up their successful outing at the Coatbridge Indoor Competition with two wins, a 2nd place and a 3rd place at the Gourock Highland Games on Sunday.


The Grade 2 World Champions have won all four of their opening encounters, two at Grade 2 and two whilst playing up a level at Grade 1.

DSC_0814The Grade 4 band had a first in their grade at Coatbridge and a 2nd place whilst playing up a grade in Grade 3, they followed this up with a third in their grade and a second in Grade 3 at Gourock.

The Grade 4 band were announced the winners in the Grade 3 competition in Gourock but unfortunately a scoring error was detected the following day leading them to tie on points with Grade 3 band Lochmaben and Lochmaben taking the title on ensemble preference.

Pipe Major Keith Bowes Snr commented “it’s been a good solid start to the season from both bands giving us a great foundation o build towards the British Championships in Paisley in a couple of weeks”

Johnstone Pipe Band are currently on the lookout for sponsorship to help enable them expand and progress the band and their educational activities, for further information please contact the band on 07751 500520.

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Scottish Election Results & Photographs 2016

Paisley Constituency

Electorate 51,673
Total votes cast – Paisley constituency ballot 29,592
Total votes cast – West Scotland region ballot in Paisley 29,616
Turnout – Paisley 57.3%


Election Results

Candidate Party Votes
George Adam Scottish National Party 14,682
Neil Bibby Scottish Labour Party 9,483
Paul Masterton Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 3,533
Eileen McCartin Scottish Liberal Democrats 1,766
Ballot papers rejected 128
Total votes cast 29,592

Renfrewshire North and West Constituency


Verification Result

Electorate 50,555
Total votes cast – Renfrewshire North and West constituency ballot 30,870
Total votes cast – West Scotland region ballot in Renfrewshire North and West 30,864
Turnout – Renfrewshire North and West 61.1%


IMG_1093Election Results

Candidate Party Votes
Rod Ackland Scottish Liberal Democrats 888
Mary Fee Scottish Labour Party 7,244
Jim Halfpenny Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 414
Derek Mackay Scottish National Party 14,718
Peter Morton 198
David Wilson Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 7,345
Ballot papers rejected 63
Total votes cast 30,870


Renfrewshire South constituency


Verification Result

Electorate 49,422
Total votes cast – Renfrewshire South constituency ballot 29,810
Total votes cast – West Scotland region ballot in Renfrewshire South 29,842
Turnout – Renfrewshire South 60.3%


IMG_1323Election Results

Candidate Party Votes
Tom Arthur Scottish National Party 14,272
Tristan Gray Scottish Liberal Democrats 793
Ann Le Blond Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 4,752
Paul O’Kane Scottish Labour Party 9,864
Ballot papers rejected 129
Total votes cast 29,810


IMG_1238West of Scotland region


I, Sandra Black, Regional Returning Officer for the West of Scotland Region HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that following the application of the formula for the additional member system of proportional representation, the candidates elected to serve in the Scottish Parliament as members for the West of Scotland Region are as follows:

Candidate Registered party Elected at
Neil Bibby Scottish Labour Party Stage 1
Jamie Greene Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Stage 2
Mary Fee Scottish Labour Party Stage 3
Maurice Golden Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Stage 4
Ken Macintosh Scottish Labour Party Stage 5
Maurice Corry Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Stage 6
Ross Greer Scottish Green Party Stage 7


Total of the votes cast in the West Scotland region ballot:

Registered party Number of votes
RISE – Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism 1,522
Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Christians Together
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Ruth Davidson for a Strong Opposition
Scottish Green Party
Ross Greer for West of Scotland
Scottish Labour Party
Choose kids, not cuts
Scottish Liberal Democrats 12,097
Scottish Libertarian Party
Free Speech, Free Markets, Free People
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister
Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement
Tommy Sheridan – Indy Ref2
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 5,856


Total votes cast 322,600
Percentage of poll 59.9%
Rejected ballot papers 524


Total of the votes cast in the West Scotland region ballot – Paisley:

Registered party Number of votes
RISE – Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism 159
Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Christians Together
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Ruth Davidson for a Strong Opposition
Scottish Green Party
Ross Greer for West of Scotland
Scottish Labour Party
Choose kids, not cuts
Scottish Liberal Democrats 954
Scottish Libertarian Party
Free Speech, Free Markets, Free People
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister
Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement
Tommy Sheridan – Indy Ref2
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 513
Ballot papers rejected 43
Total votes cast 29,616


Total of the votes cast in the West Scotland region ballot – Renfrewshire North and West:

Registered party Number of votes
RISE – Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism 90
Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Christians Together
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Ruth Davidson for a Strong Opposition
Scottish Green Party
Ross Greer for West of Scotland
Scottish Labour Party
Choose kids, not cuts
Scottish Liberal Democrats 737
Scottish Libertarian Party
Free Speech, Free Markets, Free People
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister
Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement
Tommy Sheridan – Indy Ref2
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 630
Ballot papers rejected 34
Total votes cast 30,864


Total of the votes cast in the West Scotland region ballot – Renfrewshire South:

Registered party Number of votes
RISE – Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism 113
Scottish Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
Christians Together
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Ruth Davidson for a Strong Opposition
Scottish Green Party
Ross Greer for West of Scotland
Scottish Labour Party
Choose kids, not cuts
Scottish Liberal Democrats 606
Scottish Libertarian Party
Free Speech, Free Markets, Free People
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister
Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement
Tommy Sheridan – Indy Ref2
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 577
Ballot papers rejected 49
Total votes cast 29,842

Photographs taken for http://www.Paisley.org.uk .

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Renfrewshire parents invited to meeting on education of children with additional support needs

Parents and carers of children in Renfrewshire with additional support needs are being invited to a meeting to discuss arrangements for the education of their children over the next year.

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The meeting in Johnstone Town Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday May 11 has been organised by Renfrewshire Council and has been arranged to keep parents and carers informed as construction work continues on the £18.8 million Riverbrae School in Linwood.

The school had been scheduled to open this year but delays have meant that the existing Clippens and Kersland Schools, and Hollybush Pre-5 Centre, are continuing to operate.

Catherine Gilius, who will be head teacher of Riverbrae School, along with education and property officials from Renfrewshire Council will be present at the meeting to give information.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The aim of the meeting is to keep parents and staff informed about our proposed arrangements until Riverbrae School opens.

“We have had tremendous support from everyone involved with the education of children with additional support needs as we develop what will be a state of the art educational facility.

“At the same time, we realise that the delayed opening has caused uncertainty and we want to give people the information they are entitled to as to how we are now taking the project forward to completion.

“That will include the arrangements we are keeping in place until the opening and more detail on how the transition from existing facilities to the new school will be arranged.

“A key part of that process will be keeping parents and carers regularly updated and this meeting and the question and answer session is very much part of what will be a continuing process.”

Renfrewshire based film director Paul Mothersole and Renfrewshire Leisure’s New Media Worker Richard Weeks have joined creative forces to complete a film that was first started in the 1960s.

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The unfinished film, titled ‘My Paisley’, was originally the work of local filmmaker Falconer Houston. It traced the history of Paisley from the town’s patron Saint Mirren right up to the manufacture of the Hillman Imp at the Rootes factory in Ferguslie.

The original film also featured a young actress that both Paul and Richard are keen to trace before filming of the project begins again.

Richard states:

“We have received funding from Paisley Town Centre THI (Townscape Heritage Initiative) and CARS (Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme) – a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Renfrewshire Council – and will work in collaboration with the Social Studies department at Castlehead High School and PACE Youth Theatre to bring the ‘My Paisley’ film back to life.

We would love to attempt to trace the actress involved in the original film to learn more about her experience. All we know of the young woman was that she attended Mossvale Junior Secondary school in the 1960s. We also have an image of her taken from the original film.’

If you recognise the young actress and can help put the My Paisley project in touch please contact Richard Weeks on 0141 618 5105.


Mhairi Black, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South has been looking back at her first year as an MP.


Mhairi was elected as the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, defeating the former Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, in a historic victory on May 7th 2015. Mhairi is the youngest person elected to Westminster since the Reform Act 1832.

Mhairi’s maiden speech, which celebrated the people and history of Paisley and Renfrewshire, was a scathing attack on the Tory Government’s austerity plan, and has since been viewed by over 12 million people online.

Following the election Mhairi has spent her time holding surgeries to meet her constituents and help them with the various struggles they are facing. Mhairi has also been meeting and giving to support to many local charities, businesses and organisations.  She is also working to save the Paisley Crown Post Office and is arranging a Public Meeting on the 20th of May for people to raise their concerns over plans to move the Crown Post Office from its current location in the Piazza into WH Smith on the High Street.

Since being sworn in Mhairi has played an active role in the Work and Pensions Select Committee, and joined her SNP colleagues in putting pressure on the Government to reconsider its Tax Credits plan, ultimately resulting in an embarrassing U-turn by George Osborne.  Following this Mhairi has been at fighting for fair transitional pension arrangements for women born in the 1950’s alongside the Women Against State Pension inequality campaign – securing a debate in the House of Commons and speaking in two further debates bringing national attention to the issue.

Commenting Mhairi said:

“I feel the SNP have made a significant impression on Westminster over the past year.  We have fought hard to undermine the Tories at every turn and I am proud of what we have achieved.

“I am still humbled and grateful every day to the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire South for trusting in me as their Member of Parliament, and I love nothing more in this job than getting to meet as many of them as possible.

“I am so excited to continue working for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire South, and cannot wait to see what we will achieve over the next four years”.