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Pipe band contest is drum-thing special

Some of the top pipe bands in Scotland took to the street of Paisley town centre on Saturday for the fifth annual instalment of the Paisley Pipe Band Competition.

Not even the rain could drown out the sound or spirit of the pipe and drums, or the hundreds who lined the streets to take in the contest.

Paisley Pipe Band competition 2014

The route saw bands march down the High Street to the main arena in County Square, for judging by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Glasgow and West of Scotland branch.

The Renfrewshire Council-organised event saw pipers travel from as afield as Northumberland, Milngavie and Dunoon, to compete alongside local bands from Johnstone and Kilbarchan.

The chieftain of the event was Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who said: “On behalf of all involved, I would like to say a massive thank-you to everybody who came along.

“Whether there to take part or just to watch and support the pipers, people didn’t let the rain stop them enjoying the occasion.

“By their nature, days like today are at the mercy of the weather – but we were pleased with the size of the crowd under the circumstances.

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“Events like this are a big part of what the council is trying to do in terms of using heritage and culture to drive tourism and regeneration in Paisley and Renfrewshire.

“It’s been a busy period for events in Renfrewshire – we had an absolutely sensational day during the week when the Queen’s Baton Relay passed through, with tens of thousands taking to the streets to see it, and the whole day was a joy to be a part of.

“And we only have a few days to wait until our next town centre event with StreetVelodrome – the world’s only pop-up track cycle race event – taking place in County Square on Saturday.”

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Event programme revealed for summer and beyond.

Renfrewshire residents can look forward to a festival of fun over the next few months – after the area’s events programme was revealed.

The council has agreed dates for big days out during the summer and beyond, with tens of thousands of people expected to take in a programme ranging from family entertainment to music and comedy.

The summer events kick off with Renfrew Gala Day on Sunday 1 June, followed by Sma’ Shot Day on Saturday 5 July in the usual venue of Paisley’s Abbey Close.[/vc_column_text][vc_simple_slider ids=”20733,20732″ type=”1″][vc_column_text]That month will also see Renfrewshire play its part in Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting event when the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay arrives on Thursday 17 July.

A day of entertainment will mark the baton’s progress around 15 Renfrewshire towns and villages. More details – including full route – will be revealed nearer the time.

Two days later (Saturday 19 July) the Paisley Pipe Band Championships will take centre stage, with some of the country’s top bands playing in the town centre.

August will see a family favourite in a new location, with the popular Fire Engine Rally taking place in Johnstone’s Houstoun Square on Saturday 16 August.

The Paisley 10k road race is on Saturday 31 August, before Renfrewshire Doors Open Day on the weekend of 6 and 7 September.

The 10 to 18 October will see the third year of Paisley’s Spree festival, with a to-be-confirmed line-up of music, comedy and more set for various venues in the town.

Previous headliners include Roddy Frame, the RSNO, Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad, Capercaillie and Edwyn Collins, plus comics Craig Hill and Fred McAulay.

This year’s Spree will coincide with the return of a Lego exhibition, after the popular Brick City showcase smashed attendance records at Paisley Museum this year.

And November will see the annual Fireworks Spectacular, as well as the usual Christmas Lights Switch-On events in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfew.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Our town centre events programme encourage tens of thousands of visitors into the area every year, while giving local people some fun days out in their home towns.

“By staging events which bring people into the town centres and give them a reason to spend the day, we are helping to stimulate trade among local businesses.

“We have big plans to use the area’s combined heritage and cultural appeal to spearhead regeneration and deliver lasting benefits for whole of Renfrewshire.

“We are confident the events programme offers something for everyone, and I hope to see as many people as possible come out to support what we are trying to do.”

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Paisley And Renfrew Event Photographs

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