World Village Market

World Village Market Paisley Photographs.

The colourful World Village Market has arrived in Paisley promising a fabulous range of quality gift ideas and mouth-watering goodies from across the globe.

From hot French crepes, rich cheeses and Columbian gourmet coffees to German BBQ and plump Greek olives, this unique festival-style street market promises an eclectic range of food and drink for visitors to enjoy.

The market will also feature ethically-traded, handmade, eco-friendly arts, crafts, clothing and accessories from across the globe including Turkish scarves, Indian dresses and sequined flip-flops from Bali.

Live music and street entertainers will add to the festival atmosphere. The Market is here till Monday 21st October.

All photographs below taken by Ian McDonald on behalf of Paisley on the Web.

For more Paisley Photographs please click here.

Paisley High Street reopening plans made available to public

Plans to reopen Paisley’s High Street to night-time traffic are being made available for the public to view.

Earlier this year, councillors agreed to take forward plans to allow cars and taxis to access the High Street in the evenings in a bid to inject new life into the town’s night-time economy.

Currently, delivery vehicles are allowed on to the pedestrianised section of the High Street via Gilmour Street and County Square between 4pm and 10.30am.

Renfrewshire Council is working through the process of amending the existing traffic order to allow access to cars and taxis too.

Cllr Macmillan on Paisley High St

The council has already consulted with bodies including the emergency services and local community councils. The plans will now be open for public comments until Thursday 1 August.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Experience elsewhere suggests this type of scheme can help open up a town centre and boost the local economy.

“Of course, we would like to reassure the public that the safety of pedestrians is paramount. There are many examples of shared-surface streets in the UK where cars are allowed but people get priority.

“By opening up our High Street to traffic, we can have the best of both worlds – a shopping street during the day with access to the town’s nightlife in the evenings.

“This is a case of us trying something different and seeing what the impact will be.”

The plans came about after discussion between the council and local businesses, and have received backing from throughout the community.

Tom Johnston, president of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The existing road layout bisects the town centre and that could be to the detriment of local traders.

“We want to bring a greater sense of vibrancy to the town centre and we believe the town needs to experiment with schemes like this in order to do that.”

Copies of the plans will be available at Renfrewshire libraries and in the customer service centre at Renfrewshire House in Cotton Street, Paisley.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Paisley.

Photographs of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) parading in Paisley earlier. All Photographs taken for by Tracey Clements.

You can see a lot more photographs by visiting our Paisley Facebook Page.

tunisian market

Tunisian Market Paisley

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

tunisian marketExperience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.


The Tunisian Market last year was a huge success and made for a very colourful High Street. Here is last years event in our Paisley Photographs. 


One of the team was in Paisley today and paid a visit to the new Dentist’s Surgery which has just opened for new registrations next to the YMCA, right on Paisley’s High Street. The dentist, Imran, was happy to show her around his new facility and allowed her to take some photos to show us what the new surgery looks like inside. Tracey Clements is the photographer and researcher for who took these shots for the website.

The Surgery will be open soon to registration at 39 High Street, Paisley.

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders awarded Freedom of Renfrewshire

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Paisley to watch the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders receive the Freedom of Renfrewshire.

400 members of the Fifth Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland marched through the town centre before being presented with the honour by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson in front of the historic Paisley Abbey.

The soldiers were met with cheers and applause throughout the parade and presentation.

Colonel Bruce Russell MBE, Representative Colonel of Five Scots, accepted a framed scroll from Provost Lawson and in return presented her with the regiment’s official plaque and a painting called “The Thin Red Line”.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “I was extremely proud to see them all march through the town and to see the wonderful turn out from the people of Renfrewshire. They do an incredible job and the people living at home are very, very grateful. The award of the Freedom of Renfrewshire isn’t given often but the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are an inspirational to us all and very deserving of this title.”

The Freedom is the highest honour a local authority can give an individual or group. Historically the title would have provided rights such as to trade and to graze cattle, however, it is now purely a civic honour.
Following the ceremony the soldiers and their families were invited to a civic reception in Paisley Town Hall. The event was sponsored by local firms Chivas Bros Ltd and Goudie’s Ltd.

The event formed part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in Renfrewshire following a flagraising ceremony on Friday 17 June and a joint service in Paisley Abbey lead by the Provosts of both Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

It feels like summer has been a long time gone, but thankfully Spring is nearly here and I can get out and take some nice new photographs for the website, I was going over some old snaps and wondered what I could do to refresh them and make them stand out from the thousands we have on our Gallery page.

Well why not make it into a model town, literally… I have used a photography term called “Tilt Shift” basically making BIG look small…. Its the first time I have tried this and will take some photographs with this in mind so they look much better.

But here are my first efforts and it makes the town look like its part of some model collectors table. I have shared these on our Gallery page and our Facebook Group page, please click the links to make some comments on them if you wish.


The Great British High Street

For those who seen the post yesterday on to watch the BBC Programme on the Great British High Street shall be pleased to know that the BBC shall be doing the same here in Paisley with a 1930’s Grocers shop.

The event shall be filmed at the pop up shop Paisley which shall be located within the Paisley Centre between 10am and 5pm 25th – 27th of this month more info at


This is probably an old page, certainly the news is old but I hadn’t seen this page before, this shows you the artists impression of the new Paisley Cultural building to be designed and built into the space that currently is the Museum and Art Galleries.

here is some text which is on the page.

Page Park has recently completed a pre-feasibility study for Renfrewshire Council. The practice has drawn up plans for a new cultural centre in the town following a brief from the Public-Private Partnership ‘Paisley Vision’. The proposals entail refurbishing the existing Town Hall, Library and refurbishing and extending the Museum to provide improved cultural facilities, with the designs forming part of the wider regeneration strategy for Paisley Town Centre.

The first Phase of the £30m proposals will be the £7m refurbishment and enhancement of the existing town hall. The designs include plans to relocate the central lending library into a wing of the town hall, this would allow the existing library space to be incorporated into a new cultural centre. The Cultural Centre will comprise gallery facilities as well as providing a new 175 seat auditorium with cafe and bar.

read more on this link here.


I feel I have to write this post just to show the state of one of our main shopping centre’s in Paisley right on the main high street, the doors have been out of operation for some time, (the doors broke in November 2009) I have had a few complaints from disabled people not being able to gain access properly and other people telling me how disgraceful the entrance looks, it wasnt until I went in myself last week I noticed just how bad it looked…

We always try to promote the town centre and the town itself, as it really does not deserve all the bad press it generally gets, but when you see the Paisley Shopping centre in such a mess it begs me to ask the question, do they really care about the business’s inside the centre who are trying their best to compete in this time of recession?

Now inside the centre, its always very clean, and its a pleasant and modern looking shopping centre, I am only trying to get the owners to do something about the appearance and this is not a campaign against the centre itself.. Paisley should be the place to do business and it should be thriving….

(here are pictures of the Paisley Shopping centre of how it used to look)

picture taken by Brian McGuire

(Here is a picture of how it looks today with the doors boarded up)

picture taken by

Here are the emails that I have written and received …

Feb 17th 2010: Hi there I had been told weeks ago that the Paisley Centres main doors on the high street had been boarded up and the person thought the centre was closed for business, they then told me the centre was open for business as usual, I didnt think anything off it until I passed today and seen they were still boarded up and looked as though the entrance was closed apart from the side doors..

I am just wondering why our main shopping centre is allowed to be like this? Is there a reason why the doors are boarded up and are they to remain boarded up?

I run the local Paisley website and have near on 2million visitors from all over the world interested in Paisley, I promote the town and hate to see any part of it being abused or in this case not being showcased.

I look forward to your reply..


and the reply


Feb 21st 2010: The doors are boarded up for health & safety reasons whilst we await delivery of new doors. I believe there is a notice apologising for any inconvenience in having to use the side entrance doors.

Please be assured we take a lot of pride in our Shopping Centre and Paisley. The new doors will be a welcome addition and will put a stop to doors being out of order and not providing the service we strive to give our shoppers.

Thank you for taking an interest.

Update 21st Feb 2010: Paisley Shopping Centre said that the doors shall be replaced within the next few weeks…

Please add your comments below, or use the message board to give your opinion.

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