Saturday 7th July saw this year’s Sma’ Shot Day parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close. 

This year the weather played a major part in the event – the night before the event the contractors who were tasked with setting up the many stalls outside Paisley Town Hall had major problems with the wind and had to construct two large marquees instead. The main parade was also hit by the weather when strong heavy rain tried to dampen spirits just before and during the parade but thankfully the parade and its participants all smiled and braved the rain.

Just as the parade started and was heading towards Neilston Road shops, Tony Lawler the Charleston Drummer hit straight through the side of the drum (which dates back to Napoleonic times) cutting his thumb in the process. The parade was temporarily halted but Tony was made of sterner stuff and the parade snaked its way down to Paisley Town Centre to lots of applause from those watching from the side.

The now traditional pint of lager at the Wellington was a welcome distraction for Tony and a welcome rest for the parade as it reached its half way point. As the parade hit Abbey close the crowds gave it a rapturous reception and the participants could relax.

From the pictures above, you can see the parade from start to finish as well as the excellent BMX Stunt Riders “The Clan”. The video below is the journey from Brodie Park to the end point in Abbey Close, you will notice the rain is a feature in almost all the images!

RBS Community force

THANK YOU!

I would just like to thank everybody who voted for Paisley on the Web www.paisley.org.uk in the RBS Community Force Awards 2011.

We can now announce that we have won our category and that we will receive over £6,000 to purchase much needed equipment for the group of volunteers at Paisley on the Web, ensuring that we can attend events and special occasions in the Paisley and Renfrewshire calendar and promote them via our website and social media.

RBS Community forceThe money will also be used to train volunteers who are currently out of work and also our younger volunteers. They will not only be taught how to use the equipment, they will also gain much needed skills for future employment.

We would like to thank not only the volunteers who gave up so much of their time campaigning for this award but their friends and family and every single one of you who voted, not just for Paisley on the web but for every cause in the Paisley area.  This award will help us promote each of the organisations involved to a wider audience and we congratulate each and every one of them.

In our eyes any group or organisation in Paisley which is trying to promote the area has also won. We will be contacting them to see if we can assist in any way in highlighting their group and will use our new equipment to promote them to the best of our ability. I would like to also take this opportunity to thank the Royal Bank of Scotland for this award and can assure them that their contribution to the community and area will be put to best use.

You can find out more about Paisley on the Web and RBS Community Force by visiting this page: http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208

Best Regards

Brian McGuire
Chairman – Paisley.org.uk

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to register and vote for Paisley on the web on the RBS Community Force website, its step by step so please pause it if necessary, your vote really does matter to our organisation for some desperately needed equipment to promote the town of Paisley, its events, its buildings and its people.

The RBS Page direct link is here http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208 

but please follow this video which is much easier. Read more

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