Paisley gets set for vintage fire vehicle visit

Renfrewshire residents will get the chance to go on red alert with rescue vehicles from yesteryear this weekend when the Fire Engine Rally takes place in Paisley.

The popular annual event is expected to draw a crowd to the town centre as young and old alike gather to get up close with a collection of vintage fire engines from through the ages, alongside some modern appliances.

Fire engine rally 2012Saturday’s event begins with a parade from Canal Street Fire Station, continuing through Causeyside Street and Gilmour Street to County Square.

The engines will then gather in County Square and Gilmour Street for a family fun day, including chip-pan fire demos, kids’ entertainers, a fire-engine bouncy castle and much more.

The parade leaves Canal Street at 11am, with entertainment running until 4pm.

The event – now in its fifth year – is being run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally is the latest in our series of town centre events running through the summer.

“We have already had great crowds for Sma’ Shot Day and the Paisley Pipe Band Championships, and hope to have the same again on Saturday.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust do a great job of keeping these machines operational, and I would encourage residents to come out and see this little bit of history in action for themselves.”

Fire engine rally 2012Paul Tanzilli, Senior Officer for Fire & Rescue Services in Renfrewshire, added: “It’s great to see so many people support this event year after year.

“The range of fire appliances on show at the event will include the very old alongside the latest models which serve the community day in day out.

“The rally is a fun event but there will also be an opportunity for people to get safety advice and arrange a home fire safety visit by fire crews whenever it suits them.”

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Causeyside Street Improvements

Ok so this week will see some major disruption to the traffic and pedestrians around the new streetscape that has been underway upgrading Causeyside Street. Widening pavements and removing all the barriers and other street furniture not only looks fantastic but will also give a much better impression to visitors to the town. Disabled users have more freedom now that all the pavements are sloped at crossings to make it much easier for them.

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The shops on Causeyside Street are an eclectic bunch and have some excellent merchandise, including the last remaining record store in the centre of town. This area should now start to recover from the work that has been going on over the years which has been hampering trade for these businesses.

The resurfacing of the badly potholed road and Canal Street/Causeyside Street junction is well overdue and thankfully this is now being done..

Will it make a difference? Well it certainly is a great start and something to build on, we have to play our part now by keeping it litter free and of course taking the time to go into the local shops, pop in and see what they have in stock. Case Bebe for instance is a gem of a shop if you have younger ones or looking for that special present for an expectant mum…

We keep hearing you say nothing is being done, well you can’t say that now! Hopefully they will continue with the same level of workmanship all over the town and this, along with investment, will get more shops to set up in Paisley… it should be encouraged and if the council don’t keep up the pace of upgrades and renovation we will pressure them along with you, the community.

Photograph taken by Ian McDonald.

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Fire Engine Rally Paisley 2013

Sound the alarm! An impressive fleet of modern and vintage engines (some of which date back to the 19th Century) will leave Canal Street Fire Station and make their way through the town to County Square.

With fire safety demonstrations and prize giveaways, it’s another one not to miss!

The parade starts at 11am, with a selection of fun events to keep the family entertained taking place in County Square throughout the day.

Date: Saturday 17 August
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: County Square

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Photograph taken by Anne McNair.

Information from Renfrewshire Council