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Killer Instinct are back after a fantastic night at The Bungalow at the beginning of 2020. If you missed these guys and you like The Killers then you must see them Friday live! Killer Instinct are a collection of local musicians who are all players of the highest calibre and to a man hugely experienced rock musicians. Since they formed they have been in demand all over the country. Their attention to detail is noticeable using authentic sounds and sequenced studio sounds to emulate ‘The Killers’ unique sound. The band creates an energy and atmosphere pounding out The Killers wonderful songs making it a great night out. Tickets are available on the door which opens at 7pm.

Liquid Jazz are described as a jazz quartet playing standards, bebop, funk and latin. The line up includes saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. It’s been a while since they played the Bungalow so it’s good to see them back in the afternoon slot tomorrow at 2pm. Pop in, sit back and enjoy some Liquid Jazz. 

It’s now seven years since they split, R.E.M. With a string of peerless albums running through four decades R.E.M. remain as the band that saved American Rock. Whether playing festivals or on tour across the U.K. and into Europe Stipe is the definitive R.E.M. tribute. A full band tribute, complete with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the original, and acclaimed as “awesome” by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Support from The Recurring Dream a tribute to Crowded House. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are available at the door. On Thursday Introducing Night features Red Bandit, Klaise and The Lines in a three band line up. £5 entry. Doors at 7pm. 

The Cave had a fantastic day of live music all in aid of ‘Classrooms for Malawi’ last Sunday. Jen Sloan of The Cave said “A huge £2538.25 was raised and I need to say a million thankyous firstly to all the bands, thank you all so much, you never fail me in these things. You were all amazing! To Dave Wilson for sound, Del for compering from 12pm to 12 am and keeping the whole day going, Aitch McWade for all you do for us. Lyndsay Jones what can I say, amazing woman. My staff, wow! I love you guys you are the absolute best. Thank you. And to each and every one of you who parted with your hard earned cash. We could not have done it without you all. Thank you” And their ‘Four in a Row’ this week is tonight at 9pm: Tom and Gerry, Tomorrow at 6pm: The Black Triangles followed by Gordons Alive at 9pm then on Sunday from 6pm it is The Rheumatoid Rockers followed by Grant’s After Show Party at 9pm. 

Let your hair down tonight at The Keg and rock out to The Hype playing from 9pm. To keep the weekend party going they have another excellent band called Axis lined up for you tomorrow night from 9pm. The Anchor has a busy weekend in store starting with the return of the fantastic Best Bad Influence at 4.30pm tomorrow followed by The Brassie Lassie then on Sunday they have Thunder Road playing from 4.30pm. Martin James is at Whisky Joes from 8.30pm tonight.  Kennedys start their new programme on Sunday at the early time of 3pm. First band to kick it all off is Wildcard. Dizzy Corner will be at Harvies tomorrow night from 9pm.

The Old Swan have Full Hog in tomorrow at 4pm, Lee James will be playing a swing set on Tuesday at 3pm then on Wednesday it is The Pre Fab Four, Lee James is back on Thursday at 3pm this time with a Through the Decades theme.  Dunky Hunter’s Abbey Open Mic is on Monday from 8.30pm and Stevie D Open Mic starts at 9pm on Tuesday at Gantry. The Wednesday The Keg’s Open Mic with Johnny Barr starts at 8.30pm. House guitar and cajon provided.

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Paisley celebrated the return of its award-winning Halloween celebrations as thousands of visitors enjoyed a spectacular Out of this World experience.

Over 17,000 people flocked to the town for the free, immersive trail of intergalactic installations and light displays around some of Paisley’s most famous buildings, with the extravaganza taking place across five nights from Thursday 28 October – Monday 1 November.

Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World also formed part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 celebrations, with the area beside the town’s White Cart River becoming a centrepiece attraction for locals and visitors.

An eye-catching sight on the family-friendly trail was the striking alien invasion of Paisley Town Hall, with an enormous Creature from the Cart bursting out from the front of the iconic structure.

Visitors were left dazzled by the ‘Nova’ and ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ sculptures at the heart of the trail, with many taking the time to capture selfies and photos at the mysterious and enchanting light displays. Meanwhile, ‘Orionids’ echoed the breath-taking beauty of a meteor shower across the White Cart River, creating a stunning, luminous effect on the water.

Young people’s hopes and dreams for the future of the planet were showcased on the spectacular Earthship1 installation, with many event goers taking the time to marvel at the spacecraft’s beautiful lighting, music and special cargo of hopeful messages and artworks created by youth and community groups across Renfrewshire.

Cheryl Fraser from Linwood said: “As soon as we pulled up in the car, the kids were saying ‘wow, this is amazing’ because we could see the big tentacles at the Town Hall. We’ve really enjoyed it all, took so many pictures and the kids have had a great time.”

Jodie Murray from Edinburgh said: “It’s been really cool and something different getting to see all the light displays – it’s really lovely. My family come every year and say it’s always amazing, so I thought I’d come and have a look too.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World trail was delivered by Renfrewshire Council and curated by sustainable, not-for-profit creative contractor, Cirque Bijou.

Pauline Allan, Events Manager for Renfrewshire Council, said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome so many visitors to our Halloween celebrations in Paisley once again, as they were greatly missed by all last year.

“The festival is one of the highlights in our events calendar and has really cemented the town’s position as a key destination in Scotland for Halloween.

“We’re delighted to see such a positive reaction to this year’s five-day Out of this World spectacular and we’d like to thank everyone who came along and enjoyed the festival, as well as all of the talented artists involved for making it such a huge success.”

Julian Bracey, Artistic Director of Cirque Bijou, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and make it a truly ‘Out of this World’ experience for everyone to enjoy. It’s been a massive team effort between the Cirque Bijou crew, Renfrewshire Council and the many local people involved.

“We’ve loved working with young people and community groups in the area to be part of the creative process and their contributions towards the artworks and installations have made the whole event really special.”

Paisley Halloween Festival was supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to have supported Paisley Halloween Festival through the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund. It is great to see the event was so well received by those who got to experience the spectacular light displays and installations, with the White Cart River playing a starring role in the trail.”

Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and was named Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards West Scotland regional finals, organised by VisitScotland.

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The Jenny’s Well nature reserve in Paisley is to be further transformed after volunteers were awarded more than £14,000 to continue their environmental work.

Having removed more than 300 bags of litter and all fly tipping from the site, the Friends of Jenny’s Well group have been awarded funding to create wildflower areas and plant bulbs and bright foliage to encourage biodiversity and wildlife.

Picnic benches and seating will be added, repairs made to fencing and tools purchased for the group as they continue to transform the reserve into a community green space.

Matthew Smith, Chair of Friends of Jenny’s Well, said: “I have always enjoyed nature and wildlife and, having a new puppy in our family, I began walking more at Jenny’s Well and it really is such a beautiful location which I did not fully appreciate before.

“There were a few things that I and a number of volunteers have done to improve the park, with very little funding just hard work, including tidying the place up and reclaiming a number of paths which were disappearing.

“This money will help us to make further improvements, and I would encourage anyone who loves nature to come down and enjoy this nature reserve, and maybe even give us a hand!”

The funding has been provided by Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund which has already supported more than 60 projects with £1.7milllion since it was launched.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The Friends of Jenny’s Well group have carried out fantastic work already and I’m glad we’ve been able to support them as it’s so important that we value the work of volunteers in Renfrewshire.

“With climate change such an important issue, it’s brilliant to see this nature reserve being enhanced and the funding will help improve biodiversity and conditions for wildlife in the area.

“It’s projects like these that make a real difference and I’m looking forward to how it progresses.”

Other projects to be awarded funding at the latest Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board meeting included £35,000 for Klas Care to create a new playground for young people which would see the current area resurfaced, games areas added and a cycling proficiency section added.

Inchinnan Community and Social Association were also awarded £8,900 to resurface the Bowling Club car park which has provided a free parking facility for the village of Inchinnan for a number of years.

For more information on the fund, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/greenspacesfund.

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A UNIQUE arts trail around Paisley town centre shops will literally shine a light on the climate issues facing people in Renfrewshire.

As world leaders gather only a few miles away in Glasgow for the Cop26 Climate Change conference, more than a dozen shop windows in Paisley will feature illuminated window displays highlighting various environmental issues and what people can do to help save the planet.

Renfrewshire Leisure is collaborating with the Paisley First group to create the Paisley Windows on Cop26 trail.

The displays have been designed by three artists – Jane McInally, Jennie Bates and Rebecca Johnstone – who were commissioned by Renfrewshire Leisure to work in partnership with local shop owners.

The artists worked with the shop owners to create striking visuals that match the ethos of their business.

The illuminated shop windows display event takes place from November 5 to November 12 each evening between 5pm and 8pm.

To add to the illuminated artists windows, neon artwork ‘Electricity Will Make Angels of Us All” from Jessica Ramm will be showcased, and the ‘Fate and Fortune Lumia’ can be seen under the bridge in Gauze Street.

Rikki Payne, Arts Manager at Renfrewshire Leisure said : “This fascinating trail, featuring artistically designed shop window displays, will not only be very eye-catching, fun and entertaining, it will also be educational.

“Hopefully it will be a catalyst for discussion among families about the current perilous state of our environment and highlight why we need to adapt to climate change, take action and make changes in our lives to help the crisis.

“We also hope the trail will encourage people to recognise that even small actions on their part can make a difference.

“Although the big decisions will be made for all of us at COP26, this project gives local people a voice at the same time.”

Muriel Ann Macleod, Creative Producer for Place Partnership at Renfrewshire Leisure added: “We designed the project to tie in with COP26 and highlight the climate issues that are important for people in Renfrewshire.

“The artists involved worked closely with the local shops taking part and it was the shop owners who chose a theme for their window.

“It’s been a very worthwhile collaboration with local business owners through Paisley First and working together we have created something unique that people can enjoy and learn about the environment in a fun way.”

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said, “it’s been great to see our local businesses working together with the artists to highlight issues that are important to the local community as well as the businesses themselves.

“Good things can happen when people work together and hopefully this can be part of the COP26 legacy.”

Go to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/paisley-windows-on-cop26 to see the trail map and find out which shops are taking part in Paisley Windows on Cop26. People are also being encouraged to give feedback on the window displays through an online survey on the website, as well as uploading photos of the trail and tagging @rl4leisure on Twitter or @renfrewshireleisure on Instagram.

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Bibby calls for ‘levelling up’ of Paisley town centre

Responding to news that a bid to spend over £38 million of UK government cash in the Paisley Harbour and Abercorn Street areas had been successful, MSP Neil Bibby said: “I will always press for Paisley and Renfrewshire’s fair share of investment.

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The definition of the Leveling up Fund ”

What is the UK Levelling up?
The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund contributes to the levelling up agenda by investing in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centre and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.”

I hope this award is one of many and that it will deliver the change being promised. Our local economy is crying out for investment, to bring back skilled work and breathe new life into our town centre. “Local people want to know why, of the £38 million secured for Renfrewshire, not a single penny will be invested in Paisley town centre itself.

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“There will be no levelling up in Paisley until we level up the heart of the local economy. If the town centre won’t see any direct benefit to this £38 million then the Council should challenge both Scottish and UK Governments to find new ways of investing in our area.

Frankly, the Council should be doing much more to fill vacant units and kick-start regeneration too. Paisley and Renfrewshire are missing out on the investment it needs. It is clear the UK Government policy of levelling up is a PR exercise and the Scottish Government don’t have one. People in Paisley are being failed by both our Governments. If the Scottish and UK Governments think this is good enough then they are very much mistaken.”

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Beat the Street Renfrewshire has come to an incredible conclusion after the game came to an end on Wednesday evening.

1. Auchenlodment Primary School Primary 6

The game took place across the areas of Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch and invited local residents of all ages to walk, cycle and wheel as far as possible during the six-week challenge in return for prizes.

Beat the Street Renfrewshire winners 2021

More than 6,300 people signed up and collectively clocked up 53,100 active travel miles.

The winners are:

Schools – total points:

  1. Fordbank Primary School
  2. Houston Primary School
  3. Thorn Primary School
  4. Auchenlodment Primary School

Schools- average points:

  1. Thorn Primary School
  2. Fordbank Primary School
  3. Howwood Primary School
  4. Houston Primary School

Community and workplace teams – total points:

  1. Active Communities
  2. 4th Johnstone GB
  3. Southend Smoothies

Community and workplace teams – average points:

  1. Active Communities
  2. 4th Johnstone GB
  3. Southend Smoothies

Small teams – total points

  1. The Wild Girls

Individual leaderboard

  1. Oddball

Empowered:

  1. Riverbrae School

Additionally, thanks to the participation of all players, the MND Scotland charity received a donation of £500.

Feedback for the Beat the Street game has been positive with lots of participants getting in touch to say that they have enjoyed walking and cycling more. One player got in touch to say: “Thank you so much for running the game in Houston. My family and I have loved playing. It gave us a focus every day and forced us out in all weathers! We had a lot of fun, and will miss the challenge. I hope you return to Renfrewshire in the future.”

The game has inspired local people to get outside, become more active and to leave the car at home wherever possible, with the hope that this will continue outside of the game too.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Beat the Street has been fantastic for the area and we’d like to thank everyone who took part.

“We have seen such passion and commitment from players who have got in touch to tell us their stories about how much they have loved the game and that they will be sorry to see the Beat Boxes go!

“We’ve heard from people who have got fitter, spent more quality time together as a family out and about and have really got to know the local area on foot in a way that you just don’t when you’re driving. We’ve heard lovely anecdotes about people who visited every Beat Box, stories about conversations being struck up and people trying out new activities and getting into healthy habits.

“Congratulations to each and every player who got involved with Beat the Street and took the time to come and visit the Beat Boxes. We hope that people will continue to walk or cycle or school or work and will continue to enjoy being active.”

Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

Find out all you need to know at www.beatthestreet.me/renfrewshire and on social media @RenfrewshireBTS

Remembrance events 2021

Legion Scotland and its member community are custodians of Remembrance in Scotland and are involved in events around the country all year round.

While Head Office oversees and works closely with Poppyscotland on national events, our branches make sure that services, parades and more take place in local communities, so that the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women can be commemorated by all.

Please get in touch with your branch to find out what is planned in your local area and how you can get involved.

Remembrance events 2021

 National Remembrance events

Please note: Plans for many of these events have been adapted due to ongoing Covid restrictions and precautions. Legion Scotland will continue to monitor the situation as these events approach.

 

Garden of Remembrance Edinburgh

25 October

Dedication of the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance, by the Scott Monument in the heart of the city. Both the Field and Garden of Remembrance will be open from Monday 25 October for the public to visit and pay their respects over the Remembrance period.

 

Garden of Remembrance Glasgow

26 October

Dedication of the Glasgow Garden of Remembrance in George Square. The Garden of Remembrance will be open from Tuesday 26 October for the public to visit and pay their respects over the Remembrance period.

 

Armistice Day service

11 November

Legion Scotland hosts a short service of Remembrance to mark Armistice Day in Princess Street Gardens. The 2020 Armistice Day service was cancelled due to Covid restrictions, so we look forward to being able to once again invite everyone to gather and pay their respects at the Garden and Field of Remembrance.

 

Festival of Remembrance

13 November

Hosted by the Royal British Legion at the Royal Albert Hall in London, this event and the Cenotaph March Past on Remembrance Sunday have a limited number of tickets available for Legion Scotland members to attend. These have been allocated by a process of nomination and ballot.

 

Remembrance Sunday – National Event 2021

14 November

Remembrance Sunday will be marked this year at the Stone of Remembrance at the City Chambers in Edinburgh. Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the wider Armed Forces and veterans community to remember our fallen at 1100 hours.

 

If you have queries on any of the events in Scotland, please contact Brian Ward on 0131 550 1562 or email b.ward@legionscotland.org.uk

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A transport project improving links between Paisley town centre and Scotland’s manufacturing innovation district AMIDS has secured almost £40million in Levelling Up Funding.

Renfrewshire Council’s AMIDS South project, which includes a 1.7km ‘gateway route’ along the White Cart river, has received £38.7million from the UK Government Levelling Up Fund.

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That is the third highest award of all the UK-wide projects being supported in the first round of the fund confirmed by the Chancellor during his UK budget announcement on Wednesday (27 October).

This will provide around 90% of the funding for the project to develop a network of road, cycling and walking links from the town centre train station and bus interchange to Glasgow Airport, AMIDS and onto Inchinnan.

It will also strengthen the links to the significant investment well underway in Paisley town centre cultural venues, which includes a £42million transformation of Paisley Museum and the £22million refurbishment of the town’s A-listed Town Hall, as well as a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street.

Economic projections found the project could bolster the local economy by an additional £136million and cut carbon emissions by 21,700 tonnes while help existing and new companies to grow, creating new job opportunities for years to come.

The gateway route from Paisley town centre along Abercorn Street, Harbour Road and Inchinnan Road to Glasgow Airport and the manufacturing district AMIDS includes new cycle routes and landscaping as well as a bridge crossing at Paisley Harbour for pedestrians, cyclists and road traffic.

Also included in the brief is an east-west road link from Renfrew Road joining onto the new route, increasing connectivity to the manufacturing district and improving accessibility to the proposed new Paisley Grammar community campus, West College Scotland and Gallowhill area as well as the new Scottish Leather Group factory and many other businesses in the Abercorn area.

And traffic calming works on Love Street will improve the environment for local residents and pedestrians, the area benefiting from a reduction in traffic flow due to the new routes.

Funding will also enable improved walking and cycling on Greenock Road between Inchinnan Business Park and AMIDS.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Development of Scotland’s manufacturing innovation district AMIDS is a huge coup for Renfrewshire, attracting many new jobs and opportunities and it’s vital that we ensure the infrastructure is in place which enables residents in the surrounding areas to be able to access these jobs.

“This project does just that, better connecting communities to education and employment, enabling economic growth, helping to cut congestion and supporting our commitment for Renfrewshire to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“Clearly, our bid to the Levelling Up fund put forward a compelling case, backed by business, enterprise and education leaders from across Renfrewshire and I’m pleased that we can now progress it and ensure it delivers for our communities.”

Levelling Up fund bids required the support of the constituency MP for the area, and Gavin Newlands MP, said: “This additional funding for the AMIDS South project is welcome and having supported this bid I am now keen to see this project delivered as soon as possible.

“The vision shown by Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Enterprise in developing AMIDS is reaping real rewards for Paisley and Renfrewshire and boosting our local economy through the kind of high-skill, high-value jobs that will drive innovation for the future.

“Combined with the transformational increase in active travel spend recently announced by the Scottish Government, it’s clear Renfrewshire is playing its part in the transition to a net zero society – a world-leading objective in the run up to COP 26 in Glasgow.”

The Council’s bid included letters of support from local businesses, with the infrastructure complementing other works being progressed including an active travel route between Paisley and Renfrew and the Glasgow City Region City Deal funded project building an opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew.

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Renfrewshire is open for business and is bouncing back from the huge impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Investment in infrastructure at this scale highlights how something special is happening here and we look forward to the inclusive growth and boost it brings to our local economy.”

Liz Connolly, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland, said: “We are working on plans to develop our Paisley campus and these new transport links will bring great benefits to our students and to the local community accessing our facilities. Having the advanced manufacturing district nearby offers fantastic opportunities for our young people to develop their skills here and it’s pleasing that everyone will have greater choice to walk and cycle to their studies.”

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Renfrewshire will from this week host two new Covid-19 testing options as the ongoing campaign to keep rates of the virus down continues.

Renfrew town centre has been chosen to host a UK Government-run Local Test Site – offering PCR tests for people with symptoms, or who have been required to get a PCR test.

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The site will be in the car park at Charles Avenue (just off the High Street) and will help make testing more accessible for anyone without a car.

It is expected the site will be built from Wednesday of this week and will be open by Friday.

The site will work in the same way as the existing one at Bridge Street in Paisley or the regional test site at Glasgow Airport, with tests bookable via the UK Government website.

It will see a small reduction in spaces and electric vehicle charging points in the car park – but around 80 spaces will still be in use and two charging points will still be available.

Meanwhile, Renfrewshire Council is expanding the options available for community testing, with a new bus set to hit the road offering lateral flow tests to people without symptoms.

The Renfrewshire Community Covid-19 testing bus will be appearing at various sites across the area in the weeks ahead.

Anyone can drop-in for a test or to take away a pack of lateral-flow tests for home use. The bus is only for those without symptoms – anyone with symptoms should book a PCR test instead.

The schedule for this week will see the bus at the following, with further dates to be confirmed:

Wednesday 27 October – County Square, Paisley – 10.30am to 4pm

Thursday 28 October – West College Scotland campus, Renfrew Road, Paisley – 10am to 4pm

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “With rates of Covid-19 remaining high across Scotland, testing remains as important as ever.

“The new government-run site in Renfrew town centre will help make it easier for those who need a PCR test to get one.

“And with one in three people who have the virus not showing symptoms, it remains vital the rest of us do our bit to stop the spread by taking lateral flow tests, even if we feel fine.

“The council’s new community testing bus will make that easier and it will be travelling round Renfrewshire to a venue near you in the weeks to come.”

For more information, see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-testing-centres

Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World poster

Paisley’s award-winning Halloween celebrations return this week – but with a twist for 2021.

This year, Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World – a free, spectacular trail featuring installations and light displays centred around Paisley Abbey, Town Hall and the White Cart River.

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The town centre will be transformed into an immersive ‘otherworldly’ experience across five-days from Thursday 28 October until Monday 1 November – illuminated from 5pm-10pm for visitors to enjoy safely at a time that suits them.

Visitors will be able to marvel at a series of twelve installations and light shows, including an alien invasion, rockets and spacecrafts, creatures from the deep and a constellation of stars.

The family-friendly trail will take approximately an hour to walk around and is accessible for all abilities. Event goers can pick their own starting point, map their own journey and set their own pace round the intergalactic showcase.

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There will be no parade at the event but this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will be a journey that will take you out of this world!

Paisley Halloween Festival is supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

To celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 the area around the town’s White Cart River will be transformed into the centrepiece of the Out of this World experience. Talented artists have been commissioned to develop stunning installations that will shine a spotlight on the river that runs through the heart of the town – making it a must-visit spot on the trail for locals and visitors.

Spectacular displays which will dazzle visitors include ‘Nova’ and ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’, created by Studio Vertigo. The ‘Nova’ sculpture is based on the mystical Star of the East, which astronomers now believe was actually a nova – while the mysterious and enchanting ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ structure will be found on the White Cart River itself, showcasing the divine beauty and spiritual power of the Moon.

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Mike Jones’ ‘Orionids’ installation will echo the breath-taking beauty of a meteor shower cascading across the White Cart River, creating an enchanting web of light on the water.

Inspired by the twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts launched into space by NASA in 1977, Mick Stephenson’s ‘Earthship1’ is a strong symbol of hope for a brighter, more sustainable future. The spacecraft will contain a special cargo of hopeful messages and artworks created by young people and community groups across Renfrewshire, who have imagined a positive future for the planet. The artworks, which take the form of colourful dioramas, will be on display in the body of the spacecraft for visitors to see.

The trail is being delivered by Renfrewshire Council and curated by sustainable, not-for-profit street theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou.

Pauline Allan, Events Manager for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are looking forward to hosting our Halloween celebrations again in Paisley – and this immersive trail will offer a twist to our annual Halloween Festival.

“We’re delighted to be working with Cirque Bijou and so many acclaimed artists to transform the town centre with these spectacular installations and light displays – which will really come to life when it gets dark. The festival is taking a different shape this year, but we promise there will be lots of exciting and surprising elements that will be Out of this World!

“The trail will be available for everyone to enjoy across five days, with more opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the fun in a safe way and at a time that suits them. We encourage everyone visiting to share their stunning photos with us by using #paisleyhalloween or tagging @paisleyhalloweenfestival on Instagram.”

Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK – and was named Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards West Scotland regional finals, organised by VisitScotland.

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World, please visit https://paisley.is/featured_event/halloween/