[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Glasgow gives a ‘WEE’ taste of Doors Open Day to Games visitors


Mini Doors Open Day is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme: Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and partners have confirmed that they will be organising a Wee Doors Open Day to take place on Wednesday 23rd July, to give visitors to Glasgow a taste of Glasgow’s Unique Architecture. This event was announced on Tuesday as being an official Festival 2014 event and today the full programme has been launched online including the launch of a FREE audio tour.



The Event: Glasgow’s Wee Doors Open Day is offering the opportunity to explore Glasgow’s most unique architectural landmarks and heritage buildings normally closed to the public. On Wednesday 23rd July, 18 landmark buildings across the city will open their doors and showcase their hidden heritage. From Glasgow’s Oldest Music Hall to Glasgow’s Shipbuilding industry, you will be able to discover what makes the city so distinctive and our connections to the Commonwealth. The event is completely free for anyone to attend so there’s no excuse not to experience a bit of history and see Glasgow through the keyhole.


Audio Tour: Today is also the launch of the new Glasgow Landmarks Audio Tour. This is a virtual tour created by Walking Heads, to help to continue the journey of architectural discovery as visitors (and locals) walk around the city. You can download the FREE audio tour, Glasgow’s Landmarks from to find eight historic and very different buildings.


Full Programme: The full programme of events has now been launched and is available at: This includes;

  • Eighteen landmark buildings in Glasgow
  • Two FREE talks – The Story of Glasgow in Four Chapters & Glasgow’s Street Names and the Commonwealth
  • A FREE Audio Tour – Glasgow Landmarks – focusing on 8 landmark buildings in Glasgow
  • Scottish Canals and the Scottish Waterways Trust Forth & Clyde Canal Heritage Trail providing a link between city centre, Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls.
  • Two FREE vintage buses from Glasgow City Centre to Glasgow Gurdwara, Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls
  • And a FREE Ferry over the River Clyde linking Tallship with Govan Old Church and Fairfield Shipyard Offices.
  • Commonwealth Building pairing exhibition – exploring the similarities and links between Glasgow’s buildings and those within the Commonwealth.


Festival 2014: The event will form part of the official Festival 2014 programme of events


Funded by the National Lottery through the Celebrate Programme: Glasgow’s Wee Doors Open Day has received funding from the National Lottery Funded Celebrate Programme . In addition to the Celebrate fund partners enabling the event to take place are; Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Historic Glasgow – Glasgow City Council and The Scottish Civic Trust.


Ruth Morris, Events & Development Coordinator at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said:

“We are delighted that we have been able to secure the funding from the National Lottery Funded Celebrate programme and the additional support from Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Historic Glasgow – Glasgow City Council, to enable to event to take place. Being able to offer visitors the opportunity to experience a mini version of our September event will be a great asset to the Games and will complement the diverse cultural programme. We are also delighted that we are an official Festival 2014 event. This is a great honor for all of our participants and volunteers. We are so pleased that we are able to highlight what great architecture we have in Glasgow and will provide an opportunity to see inside some of these places. Our city has so much to offer and we are looking forward to celebrating our heritage and connections to the commonwealth!”


Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow’s architectural heritage strides the centuries and reflects the city’s medieval origins through to its rise as a world manufacturing leader and a creative and economic powerhouse. Moreover, our nineteenth-century townscape and the critical legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work are assets of world renown.


“The Wee Doors Open day presents a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of 18 of Glasgow’s most historic buildings; bringing to life the architectural characteristics and often hidden heritage of these amazing landmarks while providing an exciting insight into the journey of the people who used them, with industry and innovation playing an important role throughout the ages.”


Paper Leaflet: Copies of the Wee Doors Open Day leaflets (including a map) will be available in the Sunday Herald on Sunday 22nd June 2014. Otherwise you can get a copy at your local library.


Key Relay: To help ‘Open the Doors’ Glasgow’s Wee Doors Open Day will be travelling around Glasgow on a Key Relay. More information will be posted soon for the start of the Key Relay and a focus on where our giant key will be going.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Queen’s Baton Relay Renfrewshire

The symbol of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is on its way to Renfrewshire – and everybody can join in the fun!

The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in the area on Thursday 17 July on day 34 of an epic 40-day trek across Scotland.

It will visit every one of Renfrewshire’s 15 towns and villages in a day-long extravaganza of sport and entertainment


The route
The relay will start just before 8am in Howwood, and ending at 6.45pm in Paisley town centre. Our route map allows you to see the street-level detail – maybe it passes your front door?

The baton will be carried by around 150 specially-selected batonbearers – many of them grassroots sporting and community champions from Renfrewshire.

It will be carried within a specially-controlled convoy of police and other vehicles. Batonbearers will only carry the baton for part of the route (shown as a red line on the map) – for the rest it will travel by car (shown as blue).

The itinerary is as follows….

0759 – Baton relay starts in Bowfield Road, Howwood.

0817 – Arrives in Lochwinnoch

0836 – Arrives in Kilbarchan

0913 – Arrives in Johnstone

0929 – Stops in Houstoun Square Johnstone **

0958 – Arrives in Elderslie

1015 – Arrives in Linwood

1056 – Arrives in Brookfield

1109 – Arrives in Bridge of Weir

1126 – Arrives in Houston

1150 – Arrives in Langbank

1201 – Arrives in Bishopton

1236 – Arrives in Erskine

1357 – Stops at Park Mains High School, Erskine **

1415 – Arrives in Inchinnan

1427 – Arrives in Renfrew

1444 – Stops at Renfrew Town Hall **

1608 – Arrives in Paisley

1621 – Brief stop at Gallowhill Community Centre, Netherhill Rd, Paisley.

1708 – Stops at Ralston Sports Centre, Paisley

1810 – Baton begins journey down Paisley High Street

1818 – Baton reaches Paisley Abbey for finale performance **

1845 – Baton reaches Lagoon Leisure Centre (end of route)

** see event listing below

Be aware that the baton is held to strict timings and will only be in each area for a set amount of time. Photographs will only be allowed where time allows.

Event listing
Along the way there will be various stops where the public will have their chance to get up close to the baton. Highlights are as follows….

All day – the chance to come and try all 17 Games sports at On-X sports centre in Linwood

0830 to 1200 – Free entertainment in Houstoun Square, Johnstone including circus-style street entertainers and a performance by the Pokey Hat Theatre Company. Baton stops at 0929 for 15 minutes.

1200 – 1700 – Renfrew Town Hall will host free entertainment, featuring circus-style entertainers. Face painters, kite/mask-making workshop. Renfrewshire Leisure staff will also be offering visitors the chance to try netball and carpet bowls at 1.30 and 3pm. Baton stops at 1444 for 15 minutes.

1200 to 1800 – County Square in Paisley will host street theatre by Pokey Hat, while members of the Commonwealth Youth Circus will be running workshops and going walkabout in the town centre during the day.

1357-1412 – Chance for the public to touch the baton as it passes round the running track at Park Mains High, Erskine

1818 – Finale performance by Commonwealth Youth Circus when baton reaches Abbey Close, Paisley.

Is your group running an event as part of the Relay? Let us know by emailing and we’ll add it to this page.

Many of the events on the day are taking place in partnership with the Games for Scotland programme, managed by EventScotland, which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

Traffic and parking
Some temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be required on the day itself, so residents should be prepared for a degree of disruption while the baton is in their area.

All road closures and parking restrictions will be listed here….

Be a fan on the day
Fancy seeing the baton and want to show your support for Team Scotland?

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Renfrewshire schools take part in the Culinary Games.

Pupils and school catering teams across Renfrewshire have celebrated International School Meals Day (6 March) by taking part in the Culinary Games.

This year’s theme is the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Renfrewshire schools demonstrated their support for their second teams by offering pupils a Kenyan styled school meal and a selection of sweet treats from Papua New Guinea.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition amongst pupils, foster healthy eating habits both at home and at school, and bring some fun to lunchtime.

The specials available on the day included a green bean salad starter with sweet corn, cherry tomato and basil; a choice of two mains, Chicken Kima (curry with rice) or Nyama Na Irio (spicy beef and potato stew); rounded-off with a dessert of banana mousse with mango and dragon fruit.

Pupils could also snack on Ivorian banana pancakes and Papuan banana loaf, which plays into this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight campaign.

This is just one of many themed school meals planned this term. Whether a school meal regular or not, all pupils are welcome to treat their taste buds to something different and can simply turn up and pay on the day.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said: “Renfrewshire’s school catering service is changing. Taking part in the Culinary Games is an opportunity for pupils to experience our new approach to school meals that offers pupils wider choice and more inviting environments in which to eat and socialise with friends.

“More primary school pupils are now enjoying the variety that our Grab & Go lunches and Dine-In days provide, while our coffee bars have been a big hit with our secondary schools pupils whose tastes are maturing and want a more sophisticated experience”.

If you think school meals could be a good option for your child visit for more information or ask in school.

Image 1 – Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board and Renfrewshire Provost, Anne Hall, sit down to enjoy a Kenyan feast with pupils at East Fulton Primary School.

Image 2 – Renfrewshire Provost, Anne Hall and pupil Benjamin Huthieson tuck into Chicken Kima and Nyama Na Irio prepared by the Catering Team at East Fulton Primary School.


–       Introduction of fifth weekly service

–       Increase in seat capacity of 25%

One of Glasgow Airport’s longest serving airlines has responded to an increase in demand by announcing it will increase seat capacity by 25% with the introduction of an additional weekly service in 2014.

Icelandair will add a fifth weekly flight to its Glasgow to Reykjavik service commencing Monday 7 April 2014. In doing so, the airline will strengthen Glasgow’s connections to Iceland and Icelandair’s extensive list of North American destinations.

It will be the second consecutive year the airline has added capacity at Glasgow and the fifth weekly flight will increase Icelandair’s seat capacity from Glasgow by an extra 7,500 departing seats per year.

The US and Canada are Glasgow’s second and third largest international markets. Collectively, they account for almost 100,000 visitors to the city each year; generating around £37 million for the local economy.

Events such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland are expected to provide a further boost to what is already a popular service, particularly with the North American market.

Hjorvar Saeberg Hognason, Icelandair general manager UK & Ireland, said: “Our Glasgow route has always performed well, which is no surprise when you consider the size of the catchment area and breadth of industry. We are very excited about 2014 and the extra capacity will allow us to offer even more seamless connections to our growing number of destinations in North America. It will also make it easier for people to travel from Glasgow to Iceland, which was recently voted the world’s friendliest country by the World Economic Forum.

“With the introduction of both Edmonton and Vancouver to our network, we expect strong demand from both business and leisure travellers looking to travel to Canada. The Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup will also prove a huge draw for our North American customers.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Icelandair has been serving Scotland since the 1940s, providing important links to the United States and Canada via Reykjavik. The decision to enhance this historic route is a welcome one as not only does it demonstrate the airline’s commitment to the Scottish market, it further strengthens Glasgow’s extensive long haul network.

“With a series of world class events, including the Commonwealth Games, 2014 promises to be an exciting year. Icelandair’s expansion is no coincidence and it will ensure even more people from Iceland and beyond, can come and enjoy the best of Scotland.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), added: “The addition of a fifth weekly flight between Reykjavik and Glasgow is a reflection of the popularity of Icelandair’s service and is a major boost for the city ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

“It presents us with even greater scope to grow short-break leisure tourism from Iceland and it opens the door to new opportunities within the US and Canada, both of which are key markets for Glasgow.

“Specifically, over the coming months GCMB will be working closely with Icelandair and Glasgow Airport to implement joint marketing campaigns in Boston and Halifax aimed at highlighting the ease of access to Glasgow and Scotland for visitors from the eastern seaboard and North America.”

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Clyde visits Renfrewshire’s Commonwealth sports programme

Renfrewshire’s Councils summer activity programme has been voted a hit by record numbers of school children taking part.

Youngsters of all ages from Renfrewshire took part in sports camps, outdoor activities and organised day trips.

They were treated to a visit from Clyde, the energetic 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot to mark the end a successful summer of sport.

clyde-commonwealth-gamesHe was welcomed to Renfrewshire with colourful celebrations at St Benedict’s High School before travelling to the On-X to cheer on Renfrewshire’s future sporting talent enrolled in the Star Track Athletics camp.

The Commonwealth Games was the theme of this year’s summer programme with participation in six of the disciplines encouraged through the provision of sports specific coaching for rugby, triathlon, hockey, cycling, badminton and athletics.

Supported through funding from EventScotland, children aged primary 7 and above were able to develop their skills within their chosen field by taking part in structured training sessions lead by qualified coaches.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said, “The summer activities programme forms part of the council’s strategy to develop a sporting legacy inspired by the 2014 Games.

“An active lifestyle is key to achieving and maintaining good health, which is so important if you want to get on and succeed in life.

“It’s been great to see Renfrewshire’s young people keeping fit and active during their holidays, whether that’s been playing sport, exercising, enjoying games, crafts or exploring new hobbies”.

The Star Track Athletics camp attracted 60 budding athletes. Over four days they honed their skills across all the major track and field disciplines – sprints, hurdles, endurance running, hammer, shot putt, javelin, pole vault, high jump and triple jump.

To take the edge off the hard work and to inject an element of fun into the training, athletes and coaches were encouraged to participate in fancy dress and crazy hair themes and there were visits from local sports personalities including Clyde.

Olympic torch bearer and experienced athletics field marshal, Elaine Green, was also among those that came to watch Renfrewshire’s emerging talent and show support as participants boldly tried to take on various athletics world records.

Each child had a set number of attempts in the shot putt and triple jump to see if their combined efforts could beat the respective world records. They also tried to complete 60, 80 or 100m sprints in less time than Usain Bolt’s 200m world record of 19.19 seconds.

Participants received a certificate, a medal and a slap band to celebrate their achievement.

Equally successful was the council’s badminton programme. Weeklong courses took place at St Andrew’s Academy, Trinity High and St Benedict’s High School, each accommodating 20 competitors keen to develop new skills and improve their performance.

Co-ordinated by the Active Renfrewshire team, course leaders put to use their recently gained Level 1 and Level 2 UK Coaching Certificates. They rounded off the week by putting on a tournament for the children, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their improved game playing ability in front of spectators.

The ticket ballot for the 2014 Commonwealth Games opens today, Monday 19 August. The council however is keen to remind Renfrewshire residents that they don’t have to wait a year to cheer on Scotland’s elite. The Paisley’s 10k road race and fun race takes place this coming weekend on Sunday 25 August. Residents can take their place on the start line or cheering from the sidelines when the starting gun sounds at 10am. For more information: Online registration closes at noon on Friday 23 August.

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Passenger numbers up 5.4% in July 2013

Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest July in five years after more than 832,000 travelled through its doors, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

A strong demand from holidaymakers and the solid performance of a number of Glasgow’s long haul routes including Emirates’ double daily Dubai service and United and US Airways’ direct flights to America, contributed to a 3.7% increase in international traffic.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Domestic traffic, which grew by 8%, benefited from the performance of British Airways’ London routes and Flybe’s UK regional services, whilst Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers against Belfast side Cliftonville also provided a welcome boost.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The summer season is always a busy time for the airport but there has been a marked increase in the number of people choosing to fly from Glasgow over the course of the past two months.

“We have enjoyed consistent passenger growth since January 2011 which underlines the progress we are making in terms of securing new routes and services. It is particularly pleasing to see our domestic traffic perform so well and with Glasgow hosting events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and UDO World Street Dancing Championship, we are looking forward to a busy August.”

Glasgow Airport is continuing with its £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Passenger numbers up 5.4% in June 2013

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 775,000 people travelling through the airport in June 2013, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe marked increase in numbers ensured the airport was able to enjoy its busiest June in five years and maintain its pattern of consistent passenger growth which has stretched back to January 2011.

There was a strong demand for domestic traffic which grew by 5.7% and the start of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2% increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone with many heading to popular sun-spots such as the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey.

Glasgow Airport’s long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai all enjoyed an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight with news of further passenger growth.”

On Wednesday 10 July, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its £17 million investment programme with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.