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Fantastic New Fireworks Night Moves to Town Centre

Fireworks Night is set to go with a bang this year with Paisley premiering its biggest ever display in the town centre.

This year’s Guy Fawkes Night event is moving from Seedhill Road into the heart of the town with “A Night At The Movies” themed fireworks show taking place over Paisley’s historic backdrop.

Sparkling entertainment will also be provided with former X-Factor contestants The Dolly Rockers performing live, funfair rides and a Radio Clyde roadshow hosted by Gina McKee.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay, who also chairs Paisley Vision Board, said: “Paisley is making a name for itself with fantastic events over the last year such as our hugely successful Christmas lights switch-on which brought in more than 20,000 people into the town. We are planning to continue that success with our biggest and best ever Fireworks Night this year.

By bringing the show into the town centre we are making the night more accessible for everyone to enjoy all the entertainment and the movie-themed fireworks display over the town will be truly spectacular.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board said: This is going to be really different from what we have done in the past which is really exciting. Fireworks Night is a family affair and we are sure that people of all ages are going to enjoy this event.

“At this time of year unfortunately we always here about terrible accidents due to private fireworks and fire displays. What we are saying to people is, this year instead of having your own display why not come and enjoy a fantastic Fireworks show in a safe and friendly environment.”

Paisley’s Fireworks Night is taking place on Thursday 5 November at Gauze Street, by Paisley Town Hall. Roadshow starts at 6pm, Dolly Rockers on stage at 6.45pm, Fireworks at 7.30pm. Admission is free.

Parking on the night will be free at the Piazza Shopping Centre and Renfrewshire Council car parks.

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Voices in Paisley proudly present to us the Paisley Festival company’s annual Paisley Choral Festival.

The 2 week celebration starts on the 23rd October 2009 and features many artists including the all Female group All Angels who are amazing..

For more information and times and dates of events please visit www.paisleyfestivalcompany.com and help make these events succesful.

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Macmillan Steps Up The Heat

Local cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support challenges you to step out and take part in a Halloween Firewalk to raise funds to help people affected by cancer.

The first ever Firewalk is taking place at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley on the eve of Halloween, October 30. The ultimate adrenaline rush of walking across burning hot coals, with a core temperature of 1,235 degrees Fahrenheit, will leave you with the most unbelievable feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement!

Local Macmillan volunteer Lynne Ogilvie, says “we are really excited about this event we hope to raise over £15,000 to help local people living with cancer. It’s a life changing challenge, so please take that step and call us today to register.”

“One in three people in Scotland are at risk from getting cancer at some point in their lifetime, the need for Macmillan’s services is vital and we can all help” Susan Selkirk, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan said.

“The donations raised from this event will be ploughed into local services. The firewalk event is proving popular with dare devils already registering.  Places are limited so please get in touch with Macmillan as soon possible.”

All participants are asked to raise £150 minimum sponsorship  “£150 will pay for one of our local Macmillan Benefits advisers for one day, providing patients and family members with vital financial information and advice on the benefits and grants which are available to them,” says Susan.

The walk itself will be approximately 5 meters long and 1 meter wide, so will easily be crossed in 6 comfortable strides. All walkers will participate in a training seminar to master their physiology and psychology – it’s simply mind over matter. The company running the event has a 100% documented injury free event history and hot footing it across the glowing embers is handled by a professional company. Macmillan has a history of hosting many successful Firewalks throughout Scotland and has already riased money to fund Macmillan local services.

Macmillan is hosting a Halloween fancy dress party at the Watermill Hotel after the event to toast all walkers in their success.

To do somtheing “hot” call Susan on 0808 100 6000 for a fundraising pack, to register and for Halloween party tickets or email westscotland@macmillan.org.uk

Susan Selkirk

Fundraising Manager – Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire

Macmillan Cancer Support

1st Floor, Erskine House, North Avenue, Clydebank Business Park, Clydebank, G81 2DR.

Tel – 0141 952 0085 Mobile –  07801 307 026

Feel Good!

You can still be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! Donate £3 – or the cost of your coffee – to Macmillan Cancer Support  – Text “beans” to 70123 visit macmillan.org.uk/coffee to find out more.

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LONDON (Reuters) – The country’s largest dairy farmer co-operative reported a loss for the 2008/09 financial year on Friday and said it had dipped into reserves to shelter members from a market downturn.

First Milk, based in Paisley, Scotland, reported an after-tax loss of 7.1 million pounds for the year ended March 31, with group turnover declining by three percent to 582 million pounds.

The company cited a decrease in returns for milk powder, cheese and whey in the second half of the year. read more of the article here

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The new updated social networking sections of Paisley.org.uk have now been put online.

You can now upload your own pictures, videos and blog. You can also use chat, private messaging and add friends or simply use the message board to air any issues or answer any issues about the town.

Also the Now and Then picture gallery is back online and being updated at the moment so you can view buildings and streets from the past and how they look in the exact same position today. Gallery Link.

Join the Paisley website today and take part in our active website.

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You may notice the website going offline “or parts of it” as we will be moving our web hosting to another server and one which should give us better capacity for future expansion on our site.

Please note this may take up to 48 hours and the site will show as offline during this perdiod so dont be worried that it is having problems…

Lets hope its hassle free…

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some pics from today.. enjoy…

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Get into some fascinating buildings this September with Renfrewshire’s ‘Doors Open Days’.  New this year, the Anchor Mills West Gatehouse, completing the regeneration of the vast mill complex.  Also archaeology at Paisley’s unique Abbey Drain, and near the Collegiate Chirch, Castle Semple.

for more information click here for the Doors Open Day website.

Dont forget you can showcase your videos and pictures on the Paisley social section.

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A team from Glasgow Archeological Research Division (GUARD) are plumbing the depths of a medieval drain in the grounds of the 14th century Paisley Abbey, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The dig is jointly part of Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Day Scotland – an annual event that allows the public free access to otherwise off-limits buildings, historical and modern, across the country throughout September. Michael Fediginan, who runs the local interest website Paisley.org.uk, has been on hand to photograph and record the excavation, and gave Heritage Key an insight into progress so far. read more “text from Heritage Key”

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St Mirren chairman Stewart Gimour has put the Scottish Premier League club up for sale after deciding to step down.

Gilmour and vice-chairman George Campbell have formed a consortium with other board members to sell their 98,000 shares in a single block.

A 52% stake is available, with the club hoping to find a buyer by January.

Gilmour told BBC Scotland that it was the right time to sell, adding: “There’s a fresh input required of finance and, more importantly, energy.”

The St Mirren chairman revealed that the consortium had been mulling over the move for the past 12 months and that it had achieved its objectives of making the club debt-free. news story from the bbc click here to read the rest of the entry