Paisley Festival Hits The Right Note

Paisley has further sealed its reputation as Scotland’s Choir Town with a fantastic finale to Paisley Choral Festival 2009.

The two week festival came to a close with a stunning performance from City of Glasgow Chorus in the historic Paisley Abbey, and also included concerts by All Angels, Ex Cathedra and Dieci.

The closing concert was followed by a civic reception for the organisers to toast their success with Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and Minister for Culture Mike Russell MSP.

At the reception organisers were also presented with a certificate for becoming Scotland’s first Fairtrade festival.

Festival Director Fred Hay said: “We are delighted to have managed to deliver a really high quality programme in the face of extremely challenging financial circumstances. The support provided by Renfrewshire Council, Reid Kerr College and the University of the West of Scotland was critical to our success.”

Provost Celia Lawson said: “Paisley Choral Festival has been running for sixyears and it is a testament to its reputation that it continues to attract such big names in the world of choral music. It is also a community event which gives members of the public the opportunity not only to hear great music but get involved themselves. This wide-ranging programme is why so many people continue to come to Paisley every year for this festival.

“This is another event which is adding to Renfrewshire’s growing reputation for fantastic events. This year we have seen big names such as Karen Matheson, Dougie Maclean and Eddi Reader all performing in Paisley Abbey and the revamp of Sma’ Shot Day and Fireworks Night have brought thousands of people into Paisley town centre for these family events.”


Voices in Paisley proudly present to us the Paisley Festival company’s annual Paisley Choral Festival.

The 2 week celebration starts on the 23rd October 2009 and features many artists including the all Female group All Angels who are amazing..

For more information and times and dates of events please visit and help make these events succesful.


As promised here is the information regarding the RADAR national key scheme for toilets that use the key i.e The Paisley Centre..

the web address is

The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers independent access to disabled people to around 7,000 locked public toilets aronud the country. RADAR would like all providers of accessible toilets to keep their toilets unlocked if at all possible. The NKS is suggested for use only if the provider concerned has to keep the toilets locked to stop vandalism and misuse.

Also more information on services can be found at


Right this is a right old Rant at the so called Paisley Shopping Centre Car Park.

Today me and my wife went to Paisley to pick something up and then nip to the bank, we were at least fifteen minutes on returning to my car which I had parked in the Paisley Centre Car Park, I put in my ticket and it said £1.20 I though surely not but then looked at the tariff

Time Rate

0 – 2 Hours £1.20
2 – 3 Hours £1.80
3 – 4 Hours £2.50
4 – 5 Hours £3.50
5 – 6 Hours £5.00
6 – 7 hours £6.00

I though that is a terrible price to pay for parking your car in our town surely this cant be right, what happened to 60p or 50p for the first hour, this is a total rip off and should be rectified.

I also was approached by a wee elderly couple who had parked up and they said could you tell me where the door is to the Paisley Shopping Centre, I said well there isn’t one you have to go outside and walk down the road towards New Street then turn right and then left at Cafe Borgia “now where is the signposts???” I should have said to them oh by the way your paying for the pleasure of parking in a shopping centres car park whilst it isn’t actually part of a shopping centre.

Also on the same rant at the Paisley Shopping Centre, I was at the loo and came outside where a couple a wee woman pushing her disabled husband in a wheelchair asked me where the Car Park was “bizarre” and do you know why, now please remember we are in the middle of the shopping centre at the disabled toilets and a sign says please pick up a key fob from the Access Paisley offices situated in the Paisley Shopping Centre Car Park… THAT IS BLOODY TERRIBLE IN MY BOOK,

Welcome to Paisley where we will charge you a fortune to park, make you walk to our shopping centre but please if you need to use our disabled toilet come back and get the key its only a ten minute round trip “maybe longer if your disabled”

I have also recently written to the Paisley Centre shopping centre and will forward this to them as well to see if they can comment.