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HERO tank driver Paul McGee was given a proud full military send-off today at Paisley Town Hall.

Guardsman Paul died in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital following an incident in his home village of Lochwinnoch in the early hours of Sunday, October 25.

The tragedy came two years after he risked his life in a desperate bid to save a drowning comrade in Iraq.

Paul, 28, was later awarded the prestigious Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Slience as Buddies lines the streets of Paisley Cross to say farewell to Paul as his service from Paisley Town hall was relayed via loudspeakers to the gathered crowds.

Paisley stood in 2 minutes silence at the Town Hall bells tolled 11am, As the procession left Paisley town Hall Old soldiers gave there salute and one old lady was seen to throw her flowers onto the roof of the hearse,Paul was laid to rest at Lochwinnoch Cemetery just before 12 midday to the song of Dire Straits ” Brothers in arms”.

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They certainly don’t make them like they used to, just read the story in the Paisley Daily Express about ‘Jannie’ Joe Adam who is retiring from his job at 85.

Joe works at Paisley Sheriff Court and even by the remarks of his son ‘Duncan’ you just know that Joe is a right character….. It got me thinking “i know i shouldn’t do that its bad for the brain”.

Snippet from the Paisley Daily Express website: A HARDWORKING jannie is finally hanging up his mop and bucket…at the grand old age of 85.

But dad-of-ten Joe Adam is making sure the job stays in the family – for one of his sons is being brought in as his replacement.

Joe has become a familiar and popular character at Paisley Sheriff Court during his 18-year stint as janitor there.

He was in his 60s and working for the council’s sewerage department when he retired for the first time but was soon itching to get back to work and was delighted to be offered the job at the landmark building, in St James’s Street.

But, now that he has retired for a second time, active octogenarian Joe insists he has no plans to head back to the JobCentre.

He told the Paisley Daily Express: “I don’t think I’ll look for another job. I’m going to my son’s house in Spain soon. I find the winters here hard going these days.”

There are so many people out there who work their fingers to the bone and go unnoticed in today’s society… We should highlight them and what they do and simply say thanks… add your comments below and please remember others right to privacy…

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Paisley cross was packed today as Members of the Territorial Army, The Cadet forces along with other organisations laid poppy wreaths at Paisley Cenotaph “pictured here by Westender”.

We should also remember we have members of our armed forces who come from Paisley still serving in War Zones at this time.. Lest we forget..

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Hello everyone,

Winter is nearly here, and so too is the 6th screening for the Paisley Film Society.

Tuesday 3rd November at 7pm, Abercorn Building at the Reid Kerr College: Rocky
and
Tuesday 1st December, details as above: Its A Wonderful Life

More details at: www.paisleyfilmsociety.com

Entry only £3 for members! (Annual membership £10)

Do tell everyone about it, and wed love to see you back!

thanks
Linda


Linda Mundell
Paisley Film Society

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As from tomorrow I will begin to bring the blog down to a more personal level, this way we can connect better to add valuable content to the Paisley.org.uk website.

We still want your press releases, upcoming gigs/artists and any organisation that would like to showcase themselves online.

Its simple to add content just email it to brian@paisley.org.uk and I will add it next chance I get. Also coming up will be a newsletter from the week that has passed so we can keep you up to date with our wee bit of Paisley on the web.

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November Flowers

By Allan Mitchell


the Call

& it’s November 1939 & from Inverness to Glasgow, we come in droves (by car, by bus, by train) to answer the call of our allies. & we leave behind our loved ones (sons, daughters, wives) to set foot on foreign shores & stand & fight for future freedom. & we band together (we men, we brothers, we fathers, we sons) & march toward the coastal docks & unite the British freedom force (infantry, artillery, auxiliary). & on the pier, a regiment piper’s lament echoes & echoes into the crisp coastal air. & the off-key droning wail pulsates harshly through the woodwinds & reefs, & through the ranks like the moaning cry of a dying breath. & the piper’s bag exhales & in rhythmic velvety wisps, it pulsates & pitches & squirms to the finger march of the chanter & “Amazing Grace” heaves out of each reed pipe. & the drone of the piper marches to the drone of the men & the drone of the ship & the drone of the war an ocean away. & from the chilly waters of the Clyde, we set sail for tomorrow with whistles & waves of good luck & goodbye & the hope of knowing that tomorrow will soon become yesterday. & I gaze across the great Atlantic divide and imagine marching & fighting & weeping & dying on the battlefields & beaches of a strange and distant shore.

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Annual Concert in Paisley Town Hall, Friday the 4th December, please check out the flyer below for more information…

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Fireworks Night

October 20, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized | 1 Comments

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

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Featuring Local singer / song writer from Paisley, Alan McKim.

As anticipated, Alan is steadily progressing with a musical career which is brimming with commercial promise. Consecutive shows and energised, emotive performances at King Tut’s resulted in a recommendation that he perform at Hydro Connect Festival 2008, which he did, to great response.

Over the past few months Alan has also had the privilege of working with some extraordinarily talented songwriters in London, Leeds and Derbyshire. These have included; Steve Chrisanthou & John Beck (the guys who co-wrote Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’), Tim Kellett (ex member of Simply Red and James Morrisson co-writer) and Dele Ladimeji (London based songwriter signed to Peer Music, the same people who manage Newton Faulkner). They have all contributed in developing him as a musician. For their guidance, he is extremely grateful.

Already a well respected Scottish performer, Alan is now being taken as seriously as befits his talent and has recently signed a publishing deal with Nettwerk One Music Ltd.

Alan has recently been working with a full band. With the first two sell-out shows under his belt, he’s really looking forward to his first ever headline show at the Captain’s Rest on Friday 30th October. This show will kick-start a Scottish tour in order to promote the release of his forthcoming EP. So far.

Links to Alan McKims profile and music

alanmckim.com
bebo.com/alanmckim

youtube.com/alanmckim

myspace.com/alansmusic
tinyurl.com/alans-facebook

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Chart-topping Lemar and X Factor-finalist Ruth Lorenzo are set to light up Paisley on Saturday 14 November.

There are also live performances from a selection of top local musicians, the Clyde 1 Roadshow, a craft fayre, a farmers’ market, the Accord Hospice Fun Day, a children’s fun fair and a spectacular fireworks finale.

It promises to be a real treat for all the family!

Go to Renfrewshire Councils website for more information

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Celebrate the start of Christmas in style with Braehead’s Christmas lights switch on Thursday 5th November from 5pm in the central atrium.

Special guests include WWE Superstars MVP and Mark Henry and WWE Diva Melina, Romeo from Clyde 1 and Santa.

We’ll also have entertainment from face-painters, a balloon modeller, the Elvis Cleaning Company and the Paparazzi!

For more information click here

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Firewalk Challenge

Friday 30 October 2009

Watermill Hotel, Paisley Renfrewshire

Its not too late to register for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Firewalk!

The first ever Macmillan Cancer Support West of Scotland Firewalk is taking place at the Watermill Hotel on the eve of Halloween, Friday 30 October from 6:30pm.

Although deadlines are short there are still some places available on the firewalk so don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a life changing experience!

The event will be one of the most dramatic and exciting ways you can help to change the lives of people living with cancer.

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!

The walk itself will be approximately 5 metre long and 1 metre wide, easily be crossed in 6 comfortable strides. All walkers will participate in an hour long training seminar to master their physiology and psychology. The event is run by professional Firewalking organisers.

There is a Halloween fancy dress party at the Watermill Hotel after the event to toast all walkers in their success. All walkers will receive a complimentary ticket to come to the post event disco party, additional tickets are available for friends and family.

It costs £20 to register and participants are asked to raise £150 minimum sponsorship; £150 will pay for a Macmillan benefits adviser for one day, providing patients and family members with vital financial information and advice on the benefits and grants which are available to them

We understand that the opportunity for raising sponsorship funds in time for the event is quite tight – please don’t let this stop you from getting involved! For all registrations in the month of October we have extended the donation period to the end of November – giving you and  additional 4 weeks to raise as much as possible! If you have signed the paperwork guaranteeing your commitment to raise the minimum donation of £150, and have paid your £20 registration fee, you will be able to participate!

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.

Please don’t delay – We need your support! To register or to find out more contact Susan Selkirk on 0141 952 0085 or email sselkirk@macmillan.org.uk