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

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Anyone applying for Scottish benefits is able to access direct support from an adviser through a new service now available in Renfrewshire.

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Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery initiative provides person to person support from trained staff in every local authority area.

Advisers can answer any queries people may have about Social Security Scotland benefits and help with form filling.

People can book in-person meetings with an adviser at home or in their local community, at a time and location that suits them best.

These can be face-to-face, by video call or by phone. Face-to-face appointments will take place with Covid-19 protection measures in place.

It follows a successful pilot in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross, and the Western Isles earlier this year and coincides with the national roll out of Child Disability Payment.

Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson said:

“I am proud that we are offering this brand new service, which is not available elsewhere in the UK.

“Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery service is there to provide extra support and choice right across the country.

“We want to try to minimise any feelings of anxiety or stress when people need to access benefits. That is why are offering face-to-face meetings, or video or phone calls – whatever will best meet the needs of each particular person.

“I hope that face-to-face appointments will be especially helpful for people claiming disability assistance. Our specially trained advisers are available to help with all of our 11 different benefits.”

A mum of a girl who has used the service said it helped her overcome stress about accessing benefits to which she was entitled.

The 30-year-old mother, who was given assistance during the pilot in Perth and Kinross, accessed Child Disability Payment for her daughter, who suffers from a chronic medical condition.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said:

“I wasn’t sure whether my daughter was eligible and I asked for help from the local delivery team. The woman who helped me was amazing.

“She explained clearly all the information I needed to get from my daughter’s GP and school. I prefer speaking over the phone to a real person and was allowed to do that in two stages. It has made a difference to me.”


  • The introduction of the Scottish Local Delivery follows the roll out of the Child Disability Payment pilot which will provide financial support to children and young people with disabilities.
  • An appointment with a Client Support Adviser can be made by contacting Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222. Face–to-face support is by appointment or via video call or telephone appointment and can take place:
  • in people’s homes,
  • in local community venues
  • in hospitals
  • For more information, contact Social Security Scotland through web chat at or call the freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222.
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Making life easier and more enjoyable is a smart option, particularly for today’s health-conscious business travellers. In this article, we are going to take a look at some useful gadgets to make a business trip less stressful and more relaxing while you enjoy some my casino adviser games.

1 Isobar custom-fit compression garments

Even when in business or first class, a long trip can be exhausting, and the danger of deep vein thrombosis must not be underestimated. Luckily, Isobar compression gear can assist. They are invented as a comfortable fit after a 3D scan of your leg files 260,000 data sets, increasing blood flow back up to the heart by adding sustained pressure to the calves and feet. Because they participate in well-oxygenated blood flow, they may also be useful on the ground for athletes.

2 Bose noise-canceling headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones are an ultimate must if you have to stay focused at work or if you want some quiet time while sleeping. Bose’s well-known over-ear and in-ear choices are popularly comfortable and convenient they are ideal, for instance, when the unavoidable raging baby returns and their advanced features provide ease of access to voice assistants, reality platforms, and call pick-up.

3 illumy’s smart sleep mask

illumy’s sleep mask is a massive improvement on the acquainted cloth design, drawing inspiration from NASA methods used to assist astronauts to nod off in space. The mask stimulates natural cues that are frequently disturbed or absent while traveling by preventing unwanted light and substituting it with red tones to assist you to fall asleep after playing real money real money casino games. Being well-rested can contribute significantly, so this has to be interesting to explore further.

4 Cygnett power bank

There is no such thing as actually having too much battery left, and we’ve all experienced being down to the last 1% at the very worst time possible. Power banks can keep you charged when you most need it, and Cygnett’s budget-friendly range provides ample capacity, impressive recharge times, and convenient connections.Waverley Labs’ Pilot smart earbuds may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, although they are completely real. They are a pair of earbuds that link up to your smartphone and provide real-time interpretations of 15 languages and 42 dialects, making them ideal for dialogues, presentations, and seminars.

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Online casino games offer a lot of advantages over land-based casinos.  Online casinos are well known for the bonus offered and the wide range of games offered. With a tablet, laptop or smartphone you can enjoy your games on any mobile device. All that is needed is a strong internet connection. The following are the tips to play australian online casino games while travelling.

Play Your Casino Games With a Tablet

A smartphone is one of the things that people are always with nowadays. And people can gamble using a tablet. And the larger the screen of your tablet the more you enjoy your games. Also, you can be able to identify details like colours and numbers. In addition, if your trip is a business you can make use of laptops in playing your games.

Look For Free Wi-Fi

For you to enjoy your casino games while travelling is for you to be connected to strong Wi-Fi. If you have poor Wi-Fi, the capacity will quickly be used up and the surfing speed can be reduced. And this cannot make enjoy your games online. Furthermore, your focus should be on winning your real money online roulette games not being distracted by other things like poor internet connection. If you are travelling by plane, you can make use of airport Wi-Fi and bus or train they provide free Wi-Fi. Also, the hotels or restaurants, offer Wi-Fi.

Playing With Headphones

When playing online casino games, high concentration is needed. You have to press the correct button on time for you to trigger the money shower. The crowd of people you see during your travel can distract your ability to concentrate. But making use of headphones can help you in avoiding all this noise.

In conclusion, these are some of the tips you can use when playing online casino games while travelling.   

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We all know that travelling with kids can be challenging. Kids can be everywhere thus they need extra attention. When travelling with kids, you will need to make sure that they are safe and you should always keep them where you can see them. Always monitor the actions of your kids. Travelling with kids might limit your fun and enjoying moments. Well, you should not worry because the article below will give you tips on how to travel safely with kids and still have enough time to have fun.

Create maximum security for the family and kids

 You should always make sure that you create maximum security for the kids even on your phone make sure they cant access casino games for real money because its  ,. If you know that you will have a tight schedule on your vacation, it is very wise to look for an assistant or to travel with your babysitter or a nanny who will help you in looking after the kids. Also, take time to research how tight is the security of your destination is. You should know if your destination will provide a safe environment for the children or not.

Go for medical check-ups before traveling with the kids

You should always do medical checkups before traveling internationally with the kids. It is important to know if it is safe to travel long distances with children. You must also know if the children are fit and okay to travel and you should also get necessary medication for the kids if there is any medication required during the trip. Yes, of course, there will be medication in the planes but it will be wise to go to the doctor before you travel so that there won’t be any surprise attacks.

Make sure the kids wear comfortable clothes that suit the weather

You should always know the weather conditions of your destination and make sure that the kids wear the clothes that match the weather. You should also pack clothes that suit the weather of your destination.  Packing clothes that suit the weather condition protects the kids from contracting diseases due to weather conditions.

In conclusion, you should always make sure that the kids are safe from dangerous and harmful diseases and also other dangers that they might be prone to. Also,  as a parent, you might as well play gambling online games when travelling with kids. It helps you to relax your mind and at the same time focus on your children.

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If you love best online casino Australia gaming, then you are definitely a party person. And, since the lockdown restrictions are being lifted in most places and you can party, why not celebrate your freedom in style. Here are some of the coolest party destinations any traveler would love.

Party on the Beach at the Costa Dorada Resort, Palma de Mallorca Spain

Situated about 50 kilometers northwest of the city Centre, the luxury Costa Dorada resort has hosted guests like Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. The property itself is located in the pretty fishing village of Ses Salines and new usa online casinos, which means saltwater springs in Catalan. Guests who have stayed at the hotel rave about the resort’s location; they say it gives them an opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape, enjoy fine dining and cocktails, and soak up the sun on their private terraces. You’ll also be able to attend concerts and art shows held inside the Mediterranean-style buildings.

Enjoy Live Music In A Baroque Palace

Baroque palaces are all over Europe, but there is one that stands out from the rest: the Royal Palace of Madrid. It was built by King Philip IV between 1614 and 1617 as his residence. Nowadays, it serves as the official residence for the Spanish royal family. During the day, you can visit the palace grounds or take tours around the building. But what makes this place really special is its music venues.

Party Like A Rock Star In Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for having the best nightclubs in the world, and if you’re looking for a place where you can dance until dawn, then you should check out Sin City. If partying isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy live entertainment here. Some of the biggest names in rock perform in the city, including Queen + Adam Lambert, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, and more.

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Another life’s most enjoyable memory is taking a road trip. However, as with any retreat or travel exploration, planning and scheduling go a long way toward ensuring an unforgettable, stress-free experience. There are numerous car gadgets on the market, starting from basic phone holders to rooftop car tents, to contribute to making your next road trip enjoyable, sleek, and unforgettable. In this article, we shall be giving you some of the best car gadgets for blackjack live en ligne and road trips.

1. Magnetic Car Mount

A car phone holder must be amongst the first items you pack for your trip. This magnetic air vent phone holder secures your handset with no adhesive stains, and it works with many mobile phones and air vents. This useful and stylish phone holder will firmly hold your phone horizontally or vertically as you drive, and it has a sleek design that does not take up too much room in your vehicle. Reduce accidents while getting access to any apps you may require to direct your trip and have a clear vision of who is calling without trying to pick up your phone.

2. Item Locator

Finding lots of items that you frequently misplace is no longer a big deal. You can attach an item locator, such as Tile Mate, to whatever you wish to keep track of. The Tile Mate enables you to track your belongings when they become lost in and around your home, as it can detect them up to 200 feet away using Bluetooth by linking it to your mobile. It also can display you a map as to where you left your objects, and the time you left them. So if you forget your phone on a couch after enjoying some online casino games be rest assured you will find it fast.

3. Car Dash Cam

Next, you’ll need a portable and high-quality camera that can capture both the road ahead of you and the interior of your vehicle. You can also buy an external GPS module for the dashcam that will show you your car’s GPS location driving route, speed, and any other details you may require. Everything is saved on a microSD card and you can access it, share or download it whenever you wish. Because of its night vision mode, the front camera must obtain clear images also when driving at night or in low visibility conditions.

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Renfrewshire Council will hold a recruitment event next month as it launches a search for people to join its Soft Facilities Management team. 

The council currently has vacancies available in the team for Caretakers, School Crossing Patrollers, Housekeepers, Cleaners and Facilities Operatives who will work in schools covering various duties, including cleaning, catering and compliance. 

Vacancies for part-time drivers who will deliver school meals are also available. 

It will hold a recruitment event to fill these vacancies at Park Mains High School, Erskine on Thursday 16 December from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. 

Candidates will be able to apply for the vacancies at the recruitment event. Successful applicants will then be offered an immediate interview and can complete most of their recruitment checks on the day. 

Applications can also be submitted in advance through MyJobScotland, with successful applicants being invited to interviews at the recruitment event.  

All applicants must bring proof of identification and two work related references with them to the event. 

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of the Council’s Finance and Resources Policy Board, said: “This is a great opportunity to join a fantastic team.  

“Our Soft Facilities Management Team make a difference to the lives of our residents, communities and schools every day. 

“Renfrewshire is a Scottish Living Wage employer and has a lot to offer anyone considering a career in Soft Facilities Management, from development opportunities to competitive terms and conditions. 

“If you are interested in joining our team, please come along to our recruitment event or apply online at MyJobScotland.” 

For more information on the recruitment event, including what documents to bring and how to travel to it, visit

If you have any questions about your application or the recruitment event, call 07483 318 963 or email

To apply for these vacancies in advance of the event, visit 

You’ve just boarded the plane, you’re sitting in your seat and you have hours of time to pass before the flight takes off. What are some good things to do? A lot of people turn on their mobile devices or laptop and start checking email, reading blogs, watching videos… But what if I told you that there’s a better way? There are plenty of healthy snacks that can keep you feeling energized for hours! And they don’t have to cost a fortune either. You’ll find out more about these snacks below.

1. Vegan Gummies

Vegans are used to being left out of the snack world, but not anymore. There are a variety of gummies on the market these days. And these aren’t just for vegans. They are a much healthier alternative for your body as they are made from plants rather than gelatin. There is a multitude of gummies for a multitude of reasons. Some are a great snack, while others can be used to enhance your trip. At they explain how certain things can be used to enhance your state of mind, getting the relaxation you need from a long trip. Plus, they are so tasty!

2. Natural Energy Bar

This is one of the best energy bars on the market right now because it’s made from high-quality ingredients like dates, nut butter (peanut or almond), and chocolate! Because it’s made from plants, you’ll know that it’s a healthy snack that also happens to taste amazing.

3. Salty Snacks

Did you know there are plenty of healthy snacks out there that have a salty taste to them? And they’re delicious too. They often have some added ingredients which can be even healthier than the rest! So, why not give it a try? You’ll easily get rid of your hunger and will stay refreshed for hours.S

ome great snacks out there have a high protein count, so they’ll help you build muscle too! They’re perfect for bodybuilders and other fitness fanatics. One thing we all need while we travel is more fiber in our diets (and some of us could use more energy). Seaweed is one of the best snacks you can take on a long trip because it’s so easy to eat and contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. If you’re not used to eating seaweed, these are a great way of slowly getting more into your diet.

4. Dried Fruit and Nuts

Dried fruit and nuts are a great source of energy. They can keep you feeling refreshed for hours! Plus, they’re healthy snacks, so you won’t have to feel guilty about eating them. There are plenty of great ones out there too: bananas, raisins, blueberries… the list goes on forever! You can eat a bunch of them to keep the airplane from feeling like a prison cell.

Choosing a dog costume for their furry family member is a big deal for people who love Christmas. It’s perfect for Facebook and Instagram, and it will make your whole neighborhood smile when you go for walks.

There are many options for small and large dogs, but make sure you read the sizes carefully.  Measure your dog’s chest, and ask questions if you’re not sure.

We rounded up the cutest dog costumes to make your holidays extra fun this year.

Idepet Dog Santa Claus Riding Christmas Costume

The Idepet Santa Claus Christmas costume is so cute! This is the perfect doggy costume to bring Christmas cheer to your family.

Santa will ride down from the North Pole to bring the spirit of Christmas to your neighborhood. This Santa costume is made of high-quality acrylic and comes in a wide variety of sizes.

The Santa Claus riding costume comes in a variety of sizes, from extra-small to extra-large. It will fit Shih Tzu up to Pit Bulls, so it has something for everyone.

SUNTRADE Christmas Pet Costumes Dog Cat Christmas Santa Suit

The SUNTRADE Christmas pet Santa suit is perfect for holiday pictures with your family.  

This is sure to grab everyone’s attention on visits to the pet cafe. If your pet loves being the center of attention, this is a sure bet.

This costume works best for small dogs, and you’ll want to make sure that it fits comfortably. Don’t be afraid to make some minor modifications to get the perfect fit! 

BINGPET Dog Christmas Costume – Xmas Reindeer Scarf and Hat Set

The BINGPET reindeer scarf and hat are super-cute and ready for a white Christmas. This is a costume that can last all winter, making it a great value.

A scarf and hat set is the perfect way to warm up your short-haired dogs in the winter. A hat goes a long way. 

A quick note: If you get the message Amazon cannot ship to your location, take a look at our guide to fix the problem. If your heart is set on a fabulous look for your furry friend, make sure you order early and use a high-quality reshipping service.

Rypet Dog Santa Hat and Scarf – Christmas Dog Costume

You can’t go wrong with the Rypet dog Santa hat and scarf. This is a classic look that everyone will love. 

This hat and scarf set is a better fit for the stronger breeds. It looks great on german shepherds and Dobermans and won’t restrict their movement.

Bigger breeds have a harder time wearing tight-fitting costumes, so a simple scarf and hat can make them feel more comfortable. 

Yoption Christmas Tree Dog

The Yoption Christmas tree dog costume is a unique option that your dog will love. Everyone will stop for photos, and maybe your friend will even get a present under the tree!

Smaller dogs need warm clothes on cold winter days, making this a practical gift for your puppy. It helps limit their shedding and gives them extra security.

Extension of gym hours part of Renfrewshire Leisure’s ongoing work following impact of Covid-19 on charity’s services

Gyms at three of Renfrewshire’s most popular leisure centres are to be open for longer in response to customer demand.

Hours are being extended from Monday, November 29, at the Lagoon in Paisley, ON-X, Linwood, and Renfrew Leisure Centre. Session slots are available now.

The move is part of operator Renfrewshire Leisure’s ongoing recovery of services following disruption caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services, said: “We’re listening to our members and customers all of the time and tailoring our services as best we can to meet their needs. We’re delighted to be able to offer this increase in hours at the Lagoon, ON-X and Renfrew. We hope they will give more people the opportunity to use our services to lead better, healthier lives.”

From Monday, Renfrew Leisure Centre will be open from 7am until 9pm Monday to Thursday. Services are currently not operating between 10am and 3pm. A Covid-19 vaccination centre currently operates there each Friday.

Both the Lagoon and ON-X will be open from 6am until 9pm, Monday to Friday. Weekend sessions at Lagoon will start an hour earlier at 8.20am. Currently, each only opens at 6am on two days of the week, opening at 7.20am on the other days.

At all of the venues, the first and final sessions of each day will be longer. For the final session of the day, that gives users the flexibility to arrive later than 7.20pm for the session. The final entrance time is 8.20pm.

For the latest details about all Renfrewshire Leisure services, go to

A key footbridge across the White Cart has reopened to the public after more than 25 years and will soon form part of a new walking and cycle route from Renfrew to Paisley.

Originally a rolling lift bascule bridge built by Scottish engineer Sir William Arrol, the bridge at Abercorn Street in Paisley had been closed for more than two decades before Renfrewshire Council commissioned works earlier this year to strengthen and refurbish the structure.

Repairs included strengthening of the steelwork, coating with protective paint, new lighting, and landscaping around the entrances to the bridge on Carlile Street and Abercorn Street – with the works carried out by W.I. & A. Gilbert Ltd and overseen by Sweco UK Ltd

The bridge will form a key part of the Renfrew to Paisley cycle route, planned for construction in 2022, as well as complementing the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project and Glasgow Airport Cycle Route.

The refurbishment of the bridge also precedes £38million of investment from the Levelling Up Fund for the area, which includes a new road bridge over the White Cart, an east-west road linking Renfrew Rd and Love St, and enhance links with Paisley town centre, Glasgow Airport and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Depute Provost Cathy McEwan cut the ribbon to officially re-open the bridge and is looking forward to seeing it being used by the local community.

Councillor McEwan said: “I’m delighted that this bridge has been brought back into use for the community as it gives people a new option for crossing the river on foot or by bike.

“It’s been out of commission for far too long and credit must go to the team for completing the project to restore it.

“We want to encourage people to use active travel methods wherever possible as we seek to reduce emissions, tackle climate change and encourage healthier lifestyles.

“We know we need to provide the infrastructure to support people to do this and this bridge will be part of a new cycle route connecting the town centres of Renfrew and Paisley set to be built next year – one of many active travel projects that the Council is taking forward for the benefit of people in Renfrewshire.”

Sustrans Scotland part funded the project as they aim to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle as part of their vision to create a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone. 

Tim Aeberli, Infrastructure Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland, said: “We are delighted to see the reopening of the White Cart Footbridge to the public after three years of planning and construction works.

“Places for Everyone has worked in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council and Sweco to provide a new strategic walking, cycling and wheeling link over the White Cart river.

“In addition, residents can now enjoy a new enhanced public space providing new benches, bike parking, trees and flowers.”

The project was jointly funded by SPT as part of their support for active travel.

SPT Vice Chair Councillor David Wilson said: “SPT is pleased to have been able to give funding support to Renfrewshire Council for the refurbishment of the White Cart Footbridge. “Having been closed for many years, we are delighted to see the bridge now brought back into use, and we recognise the benefits the reopening will bring for wheeling, walking and cycling trips linking local and wider communities”

Renfrewshire residents joined local activists to honour those who have lost their lives due to domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Co-ordinated by Renfrewshire Council and partners in health, police and fire services, and the Paisley branch of Soroptimist International, the Reclaim the Night event saw local people gathering to lay white ribbons and a wreath as part of a silent vigil.

The event marks the beginning of Renfrewshire’s 16 days of action, echoing the international campaign by the UN to eradicate violence against women that takes place every year between 25th November and 10th December.

Women, men and children at the event placed white ribbons beside a wreath on the fence at Dunn Square, Paisley.

People are urged to pop by and place their own white ribbon at any time during the 16 days of action.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron attended the event and said it was good to see people get together to raise awareness of gender-based violence.

Provost Cameron said: “Gathering each year to remember those who have lost their lives to violence is always poignant, and after having to miss the event last year due to the pandemic, it was good that we could continue to honour their memories together.

“Gender-based violence remains an issue in our society and that’s why it’s important we speak out against it. Our streets and homes should be safe places for women, regardless of clothing, or time of day or night, but it is more than just a women’s issue.

“Educating people about violence that people experience in their daily lives and ensuring that we all take responsibility for the problem of violence is essential to creating real change in how we behave.

“It’s time to end the stigma around violence and stop blaming the victim. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, reach out and tell someone.”

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24/7 and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

Locally, Women and Children First can be contacted on 0300 300 0345.