The Moscow State Circus INTU Breahead.

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date.
Set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter ‘PARK GORKOGO’ (Gorky Park) is the perfect seasonal back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.

Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous & mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before.

As our Loveable Buffoons reminisce about past times in one of the most famous cities on earth they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling & roller skating performers

As the park changed in accordance with the mood of the new century, it’s traditions were the basis of the new concept of Park Gorkogo, these changes are reflected in the new show, as like a pendulum, it swings from the earth to the sky in incredible breath-taking succession.

This years show features the
Award winning Flying Trapeze of Alievs White Birds,
The unbelievable roller-skating of the Veslovskis.
Three bathing beauties swept up on the revolving Ariel Ring and the unique Yakovlev Vertical Pole Jugglers.
From the most demanding feats of strength from the hand balancing of Vladislav Khostik to the gorgeous & gracious Ariel sail of Natalia Goncharova.
Add to this mix, the Kozak whip crackers & the revolving Russian Swing, catapulting its 10 strong troupe high into the apex of the chapitou at breakneck speed.

Don’t miss this amazing show, created especially for its first ever European tour.

The Moscow State Circus
INTU Breahead, Glasgow (Formally Xscape)
Thursday 9th to Sun 19th January
Thursday 9th – 7:45pm
Friday 10th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Saturday 11th – 2pm,5pm & 8pm
Sunday 12th – 2pm & 5pm
Monday 13th – 7:45pm
Tuesday 14th – no performances
Wednesday 15th – 7:45pm
Thursday 16th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Friday 17th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Saturday 18th – 2pm,5pm & 8pm
Sunday 19th – 2pm & 5pm

ticketmaster 0844 856 555

All photographs above were taken for by Alex Kyle Photography.

MOD Scooter Ride-out Paisley.

Up to 85 Scooters had a ride-out in Paisley today as part of the LNP Promotions Festival called MODSTUFF which was launched last night in the Bungalow Bar, Paisley. The Festival is billed as an alternative fringe event to the Royal National Mod which is also happening in Paisley right now.

Paisley has been quite literally buzzing this week to the sound of music from all corners of the town and many local businesses are putting on their own small events in celebration.. Paisley is the place to be right now…

All Photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald on behalf of

Coming soon, competition to win tickets to the show…

Paisley on the web will soon be launching a competition to win tickets to the Glasgow or Greenock shows, we will let you know the details as soon as we can…

The Extreme Stunt Show Live..

The most exciting, exhilarating and fastest growing motorsport event in Europe is heading your way. From monster truck mayhem to back flipping motocross, the Extreme Stunt Show has it all, live & unbelievable.

extreme-stunt2013 is bursting with anticipation, as the log awaited return of over 140 towns buckle their seatbelts ready for the thrill of a lifetime.  Extreme Events Europe prides itself on delivering quality family entertainment with a difference.  Monster stunts have been perfected and the stuntmen are sure to bring Extreme to your hometown & making Extreme a state of mind.

The Extreme Stunt Show Arena is home to all the favorites including our very own monstrous trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil (Guinness World Record).  Drivers Glen Wise and Mark Glover will show you how to handle a 2000 plus horse powered mammoth machine.  These mean machines have been in Extreme’s Monster Garage getting a full MOT before returning for the 2013 Summer Season.

Look to the horizon as you witness our motocross madmen fly through the air Dave Wiggins and Josh Grindrod will reach new heights as they perform their death defying FMX stunts. This isn’t for the faint hearted – our daredevil duo don’t believe in boundaries and you are sure to witness the impossible, ad to this the PRO BMX Trials and Mountain Bike Riders of tomorrow

Our trained professionals are typical showman.  Ignoring all fundamental forces and defying gravity, these guys will be flying through fire, turning themselves into a human inferno, jumping ramp to ramp on quads and buggies and putting anything with four wheels onto two wheels.
What are you waiting for, come and join other like minded Extremists witness the unimaginable!

Due to high demand new dates have been added.


The show will be appearing in:

Thursday 4 July   PERTH
McDiarmid Park Crieff Road, PH1 2SJ

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7th July ABERDEEN  
Queens Links, Beach Boulevard, AB24 5EF
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday  6 July  5pm   6pm
Sunday  7 July 2pm   3pm

Tuesday  9 July   FRASERBURGH
North Links AB43 9BB

Wednesday 10 July   NAIRN
Showfield Inverness Road, IV12 4RY

Thursday 11 July   TAIN
The Links, Shore Road,IV19 1EH

Friday  12 July & Saturday 13 July   INVERNESS  
Caledonian Thistle FC Stadium Road, IV1 1FF
Friday  12 July 7.30pm
Saturday 13 July  5pm   6pm

Sunday 14 July   FORT WILLIAM
Lochaber Rural Complex Torlundy, PH33 6SQ

Tuesday  16 July   OBAN
Mossfield Stadium Glencruitten Road, PA34 4PU

Wednesday 17 July & Thursday 18 July  CUMBERNAULD
Broadwood Stadium Atholl Drive, G68 9NE
Wednesday 17 July 7.30pm
Thursday 18 July  7.30pm

Balloch, Ben Lomond Way, G83 8QL

Saturday  20 July   GREENOCK
Battery Park Eldon Street, PA16 7QG

Sunday  21 July  ARMADALE
Stadium Bathgate Road, EH48 2PD

Tuesday  23 July   AVIEMORE
Highland Resort, PH22 1PN

Wednesday 24 July   MONTROSE
East Links,  Trail Drive, DD10 8SW

Thursday 25 July   ARBROATH
Victoria Park King’s Drive, DD11 5BL

Friday  26 July   FALKIRK
The Stadium Stadium Way, FK2 9EE

Saturday 27 July   DUNDEE
Caird Park DD4 9BX
Saturday 27 July 6pm
Sunday 28 July  3pm

Tuesday 30 July   COWDENBEATH
Racewall, Central Park Chapel Street, KY4 9QQ

Wednesday 31 July   KELBURN
Country Park Largs, Fairlie, KA29 0BE

Thursday 1 August & Friday 2 August AYR  
Racecourse Whitletts Road, KA8 0JE
Thursday 1 August 7.30pm
Friday 2 August  7.30pm

Saturday  3 August & Sunday 4 August  MOTHERWELL
Strathclyde Country Park Hamilton Road, ML1 3ED
Saturday 3 August 6pm
Sunday  4 August 3pm

Tuesday  6 August   GLASGOW
Queens Park G42 8DA
Tuesday 6 August 7.30pm
Wednesday 7 August  7.30pm

Thursday 8 August   GLASGOW
Victoria Park G14 9NN

Friday  9 August   EDINBURGH
Ocean Terminal Leith, EH6 6JJ
Friday 9 August 7.30pm
Saturday 10 August 5pm   6pm
Sunday 11 August  2pm   3pm

50 years of derision but the Imp is back on road to success

(Get down to Linwood St James Centre just now to see the parade)

THEY were hailed as Scotland’s answer to the Mini, but quickly turned into a national laughing stock – famed for breaking down and seizing up.

But this week, champions of the Hillman Imp – manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s at the Rootes Group car plant in Linwood, Renfrewshire – will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a car that some believe was ahead of its time.

hillmanAbout 20 former workers will join Renfrewshire’s provost Anne Hall on Thursday as she unveils a commemorative plaque at the St James Business Centre in Paisley – formerly the offices of the Linwood car plant – to mark the factory’s opening by the Duke of Edinburgh on May 2, 1963.

Meanwhile, a convoy of 50 classic cars manufactured at the plant, including the Hillman Imp, will set off from Paisley to Coventry – once the headquarters of the Rootes Group. Organisers have appealed to any owners of a Hillman Hunter to get in touch to help complete the rally.

The event will be a chance for enthusiasts to honour a forgotten icon of Scottish motoring, scrapped in 1976 and followed in 1981 by the shutdown of the Linwood plant, which at its peak employed 9000 workers.

The Hillman Imp was born out of a post-war car boom. The Conservative government of the day introduced a scheme banning new car plants in areas which already had them. At the same time, grants were offered to companies willing to set up shop or relocate to deprived areas.

Linwood – with its high unemployment, proximity to Glasgow, motorways, air and rail links – seemed the ideal site. The plant would go on to manufacture 440,000 Imps. Unfortunately, the move proved disastrous for Rootes. The commercial failure of the Imp, first produced in 1963, ushered in a gradual takeover of the company by America’s Chrysler corporation. read more on the Herald Scotland website here…

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Kids competition at Renfrewshire Libraries

Libraries across Renfrewshire want local kids to help name some friendly little monsters who live among their books!

The ‘Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters designed to attract children to the library.

Kids up to the age of 12 can enter a competition to name the Skoobs. The winner will have their picture taken with a life-size Skoob in May.

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Younger kids can pop into the library to help the staff colour in some of the smaller Skoobs.

Franzeska G Ewart will be on the judging panel. Franzeska is a Lochwinnoch-based children’s author who has written over 20 novels.

Franzeska said: “The Skoobs are a great idea – the competition should give children a feeling of involvement with books, and that has to be good!

“It’s a real honour to be judging the competition and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of names we get in.”

Competition entry forms can be picked up from any Renfrewshire Library from 8 April onwards. Completed entries can be posted in the Skoob postbox in each library. The closing date for entries is Saturday 27 April.

More information is available online at

Local youth workers honoured at national awards

Dedicated volunteers from Renfrewshire have swept the board at Scotland’s youth- work Oscars.

A total of four individuals or groups were honoured at the Youthlink Scotland Awards ceremony, set up to recognise those who go above and beyond to help change the lives of young people for the better.

The big winner on the night was 17-year-old Mark Waters of Erskine Music and Media Studio (EMMS) and Erskine Youth Council, who was named as Scotland’s Volunteer of The Year.

Described as ‘a young man with a big heart’ by the team who put him forward for the award, the Park Mains High pupil was praised for his unstinting work to help create a vibrant community of young people in his local area.

Mark is one of a team who have worked with local young people to transform the former Bargarran Community Library into a busy learning centre for young people, offering youth clubs, a media suite, a recording studio and IT facilities.

It was a double celebration for the team behind EMMS, who were named as the winners in the Innovative Practice Team of the Year category.

The runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category was Dale Irvine, of Paisley, who was honoured for his work as role model for kids at the Beechwood Youth Centre in Shortroods.

Another winner on the night was Isaac Wilkies, who after attending Johnstone Youth Club as a teenager, graduated to being a young leader and has now carried out youth work for Renfrewshire Council for the past 12 years.

His energy and commitment saw him named as a runner-up in the Youth Worker of the Year category (Sessional Paid/Part Time)

The awards – now in their sixth year – saw 33 individuals or organisations from across Scotland shortlisted as finalists for this year’s event.

The event – hosted by DJ Grant Stott – took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow and was attended by almost 300 youth workers, managers, sponsors and invited guests.

Staff from Renfrewshire Council’s Youth and Sport Services help co-ordinate youth work locally, and nominated the volunteers and staff for the awards.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “These volunteers are shining examples of some of the great youth work which is being carried out locally.

“I would like to congratulate them all on these fantastic honours.”

Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland said: “Once again the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards has given us glowing examples of selfless commitment to the cause of our young people.

“As always, the stories behind the Youth Worker of the Year Awards are truly inspiring.”

Nominations for the awards were open to Scottish voluntary and charitable organisations, community bodies, public sector organisations and private organisations.

Easter family entertainment in Renfrewshire

Easter family entertainment in Renfrewshire

March 20, 2013
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AgeFest returns to get older generation out and about

Older people in Renfrewshire who are young at heart are being encouraged to come along to the area’s AgeFest series of events.

The three-day council-run event is designed to celebrate the positive aspects of growing older and promote good health and wellbeing.

The fun kicks off with an ‘active ageing’ event in the Lagoon Leisure Centre on Wednesday 20 March (11am).

An intergenerational AgeFest Games will see groups of older people team up with pupils from Paisley Grammar to take on some sporting challenges.

The centre will also host a variety of information stalls and the launch of a new ‘Guide to Health and Wellbeing in Later Life’.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, will be launching the new guide.

He said: “AgeFest has been a hugely popular event in recent years and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s activities first-hand.

“There can be a tendency to think things like fitness classes are just for younger people but that’s not the case.

“There is plenty on offer for older people in Renfrewshire and it is really important we provide them with the opportunity to get involved.

“As well as the physical health boost of taking part in activities, it is good fun and has enormous social and mental wellbeing benefits.”

Another ‘active ageing’ event will take place in Renfrew Town Hall on Friday 22 March (2pm) which will also feature entertainment from Glasgow Senior Citizen’s Orchestra and Inverclyde’s WOOPI Choir.

St Peter’s Church Hall in Glenburn will host an ‘open day’ for the Thursday Club of 21 March (12.30pm) with the promise of gentle exercise, a quiz and a raffle.

The same afternoon, AgeFest Variety Programmes in Elderslie Village Hall (1.30pm) and McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch (1.30pm) will provide a mixture of music, memories and patter.




We would like to invite you to come along to our open rehearsal for a brand new Jazz Choir, drawing on the excellent jazz singing talent to be found in the West of Scotland. We have worked hard over the past few months to get the background work done, and we are now recruiting singers!

We are looking for strong voices, people who can read music fairly well, have a good sense of rhythm (and humour) and work well in a group.

jazzThe aims of the choir are  to bring great jazz songs to a wider audience, and also, very importantly, to have fun creating high quality music together.

We are going to start building our repertoire with jazz standards,and move soon onto original arrangements and compositions.We will sing both a cappella and accompanied pieces and will use a variety of musicians as and when the need arises.

Our founding members of 4 voices performed as the support act for the wonderful Liane Carroll  at Brookfield last November, and they did it after only 3 rehearsals!

Here is a link to one of the songs they sang that night

The open rehearsal  on Friday is in Pace Theatre Company’s rehearsal studios in the Spires Building, School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DA  at 7.30 pm.

In the future the rehearsals will be held on Monday nights, starting on Monday 18th February, and will be based in both Paisley and Glasgow.

Hope to see you on Friday and do spread the word, the  more the merrier!

If you fancy getting involved but next Friday is no use to you, then let us know and we’ll take a note of your name – contact details are below.

…..and of course get in touch if you have any other questions with either of us :)


Outi Smith



Carol Smith

Paisley Museum

Inspired 2013 : Creativity from Renfrewshire’s young people 

The annual exhibition of artwork from children and young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire opens in Paisley Museum and Art Galleries on Friday 1st Feb 2012 and runs until 12th April.

Paisley MuseumThe aim of this free exhibition is to showcase the work developed in art and design in all education establishments and to profile how children’s skills progress from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications. 

Inspired is intended to be exactly that – a reflection of the personal perspective of the young artist and the things which inspire them. 

The exhibition continues to gain in importance with the ongoing development in Scotland of A Curriculum for Excellence. The arts are now recognised as key to children and young people’s growing self confidence, self awareness and self esteem and ultimately in meeting their potential as successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors. 

There are a number of special features in the exhibition this year including exciting pieces of 3D work. And thanks to an innovative new partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, schools who submit to the Inspired exhbition will automatically have the chance to have their work considered for the National Galleries schools exhibition.

Councillor Henry will officially open the exhibition on Friday at 12.30pm, within Paisley Museum and remarked “This year’s Inspired exhibition is a fantastic showcase for the creativity of Renfrewshire’s young people. From pre-school to senior students, they have created work which is both fun and engaging.  These young artists are to be commended for their creativity, hard work and high standards; I am sure that all who visit the exhibition will find it as Inspiring as I have.”

Provost Anne Hall will also select images from this exhibition to form the Renfrewshire Council calendar for 2014.

For further information on Inspired or any of our future exhibitions and shows log on to or follow us on Facebook

Paisley Town Hall Photographs

As you can see from our Photographs of Paisley Town Hall, the front scaffold has now been removed and our Town Hall looks splendid. Our photographer Alex Kyle was passing today and took some photographs of it, as well as a group of the Invest in Renfrewshire’s recruits..

The Town Hall is being refurbished for this year’s upcoming Mòd festival which should see this beautiful building being central to the music and festivities.

The Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build Paisley Town Hall to his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life. read more…