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Provost’s Ball is a box office smash

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall celebrates a successful night at her charity ball.

The Hollywood-themed evening raised approximately £12,000 for Provost Hall’s chosen charities.

Over 200 big-hearted people attended the black tie event and participated in the auctions throughout the night.

Guests were greeted with the Paparazzi, a novelty act, taking their picture as they arrived at the event.

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Gina McKie, Radio DJ, set the night off with a fundraising ice-breaker of Heads and Tails.

After an enjoyable dinner, guests were swept up into a frenzy with the Elvis Cleaning Crew.

Bidding for the main auction prizes was very competitive with once in a lifetime experiences being highly sought after.

Keen airplane enthusiast, Andrew Simpson, who attended with his partner Anne Irvine from Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH), was overjoyed to win the special Glasgow Airport behind the scenes tour.

Daredevil Bob Moore, friend of WJ & W Lang, Paisley, won the kayak and canoe experience in Clyde Muirshiel country park on his first bid. Bob, who lives in Lincolnshire, will surprise his son and daughter-in-law with the prize on a family trip.

The evening’s entertainment was warmly received with the popular Pulse Showband entertaining the guests into the late hours of the morning.

The Provost’s Ball has raised vital funds for charities Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

Money raised from the ball will be shared equally among the four charities.

Provost Hall said, “I am delighted that the evening was one to remember for so many people. It was a great night and fun was had by all.

“Charity will always be at the heart of our community and this was shown on the night by the generosity of everyone who attended.

“We raised just under £12,000 on the night and this money will be a great help to my chosen charities.

“I like to thank everyone who attended and made it the evening very special. The generosity of these warm-hearted people is never forgotten.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_gallery ids=”21649,21648,21647,21646,21644,21643,21642,21641″ type=”masonry”][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Image 1 – Getting in the picture – Guests were greeted by novelty act Paparazzi outside the venue.

Image 2 – Novelty act Paparazzi love taking Provost Anne Hall’s picture.

Image 3 – Guests strike a pose on the red carpet.

Image 4 – Provost Anne Hall welcomed guests at the pre-dinner drinks reception.

Image 5 – Provost Anne Hall with representatives from her chosen charities and Gina McKie, Radio DJ.

Image 6 – Elvis Cleaning Crew shake up the guests with some after dinner entertainment.

Image 7 – Strutting their stuff on the dance floor – the Elvis Cleaning Crew work their magic entertaining the crowd.

Image 8 – Provost Anne Hall with Marie Granger from Renfrewshire Carer’s Centre who won the diamond draw prize.

Image 9 – The Pulse Showband put on a fantastic show at the Provost’s Charity Ball.

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Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013.

Tinchy Stryder and The View play Paisley

Lights set to twinkle alongside A-list stars

This year’s Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with not one, but two headline acts performing on Saturday 16 November.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View will be on hand to kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, female pop sensation Alexa, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.












Tinchy Stryder will take to the stage performing his biggest hits, including new single Help Me. With two top 10 albums, seven top 10 singles, Tinchy will get the party started in style.

Tinchy Stryder

With two number one singles under his belt and collaborations with acts such as Taio Cruz, Wiley, Pixie Lott and Calvin Harris, Tinchy will bring a show never been seen before in Paisley.

The View formed in 2005 when four schoolmates got together and started writing music.

Two years later, they emerged with the Mercury-nominated, chart-topping debut album Hats Off To The Buskers and embarked on huge tours, tearing up stages across the globe.

Three albums later, including two in the top ten, countless Best Album awards and numerous top ten singles the band are now older, wiser and ready.

Before the big finale there is a terrific line-up throughout the day. Starting with the traditional reindeer parade at noon from Gilmour Street, which this year will be led by Santa Claus himself!

Completing the musical line-up is Mr Meanor, a four-piece pop/R&B boyband with members from the US and UK and YouTube sensation Alexa.

On the main stage in Gauze Street the Clyde 1 Roadshow team with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson will be ready to kick-off the live entertainment from 1pm.

They’ll introduce all the top performers, as well as playing music and offering some great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon.

Paisley Christmas Lights

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will hit the Big Red Paisley Christmas Light Switch on 2013 button at 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony has established itself as being the best way to start the Christmas season.

“This year’s line-up will again draw a huge crowd to Paisley town centre for the performances and the programme of activities and entertainments going on throughout the day.

“Renfrewshire Council has invested in our events programme to support businesses and boost the regeneration of Paisley town centre. The Christmas Lights switch-on is a highlight of that approach.

“We are continuing to work with the local business community on their continuing involvement in and support of the town centre events programme.

“Last year almost 40,000 people came in to Paisley town centre for this exciting annual event. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic day in Paisley.”

Information courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.