Paisley Christmas Lights

Its all happening in Paisley.

Paisley is gearing up for a busy October and November of events, there is quite literally something for everyone in the forthcoming months everything from a scooter rally right through to the Festive Lights Switch On  in the town centre.

Only a few years ago the fireworks display was the only thing happening remotely close (at Seedhill Playing Fields), and the town centre had not yet seen any big events happening in or around it.  St Mirren going through Paisley in the open top bus in 1987 from the triumphant Scottish Cup win saw the town covered in ‘Black and White’, and then again in 2006 when the Buddies won the First Division to be promoted to the SPL, those were momentous occasions.

The arrival of the big centrepiece Fireworks event and Festive Lights Switch On a few years back changed things and in my opinion these may just have been defining moments for the fortunes of Paisley.  Thousands of people love to come to these events showing that the town centre can cope with these large scale occasions. It has proved to be a safe environment although there is still a lot more to be done with toilet amenities and food shops and local traders combining their efforts to make the best of these events.

Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley is turning a corner, maybe we can’t see it yet but there is change coming.  Local traders are now combining their efforts, resulting in a process called the Business Improvement District (BID) to be known as Paisley First which officially launched last week. This is the first time many local traders and business owners have actually sat in the same room, now that is no mean feat in itself! There is progress although it may be slow but at least there are signs of promise.

Events in Paisley

The Farmers Market has now moved to the Cenotaph and is much more central and visible to the public and the change in timings has also helped, so the market will go from strength to strength.  The next one is tomorrow, Thursday 10th, 10am-2pm.

The Spree, which I love, is calling itself Paisley’s National Arts Festival  and is now in its second year. You will be able to see the massive Spiegeltent being erected in County Square, this is the venue for an event which covers every taste of music, comedy, arts and drama. Last year I attended a few events and there was plenty of local talent on display as well as some big headliners such as Roddy Frame.  The Spree begins this Friday and runs as a fringe event to the Royal National Mòd.  To find out more please visit

Modstuff is a local event aimed as an alternative to everything else, but working in tandem with local businesses and organisations. This is all about the traditional MOD style and the music associated with it. Their will be a scooter rideout in town this Saturday 12th October and the winner will be announced by the sponsors the Piazza Paisley. They will also have various acts performing live on the Friday and Saturday this week. LNP Promotions have done an excellent job with this mini festival and hopefully it will go on to be an annual event in Paisley. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook Page

Royal National Mòd, It is a fantastic honour for this prestigious Gaelic event to be held in Paisley for the first time. The very fact its coming to Paisley shows just how far the town has come, and showcasing such events as the Paisley Choral Festival, which has been running in the town for six years, it brings a string of high profile classical musicians to Paisley, helping the town earn the unofficial title of Scotland’s Festival Town.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is the oldest and most respected Gaelic Language organisation. Founded in Oban in 1891, it has long been a leading light in the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language and the study and cultivation of Gaelic literature, history, music and art. Through the organisation and running of the Royal National Mòd and grass roots community development work, An Comunn Gàidhealach continues to further support and develop all aspects of the Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels. You can find out more by visiting the official website

Renfrewshire Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2013, is currently ongoing with various events throughout Paisley and Renfrewshire, some highlights over the next couple of days are..

1. Wed and Thurs Workshops and Artist in Residence with weaver Joanne Kaar, 32 Old Sneddon St, at the bottom of stairs to Gilmour St Station. Go by and say hello and have a look!

2. Gilmour St Giants Reception, platform 1 Gilmour St train station Thurs 10 11am

3. World Mental Health Day Book Club and Event 12.30-1.30 10 Oct Spiegletent, County Square, Paisley with author and RMHAFF 2013 song, ‘Your Perception, My Reality’ come and get your free cd!

4. Creativity Works on Monday Reid Kerr, some places left, employability and creativity 9.30-12.30. book with

5. Angus Weaver of Grass dramatic performance Thurs 17th 9.30am, Paisley Arts Centre, only free performance, please help me fill the house. See more by clicking here..

We of course have the Festive Lights Switch On and the Fireworks to look forward to. This year’s Festive Lights Switch On ceremony will be performed by Tynchy Stryder and The View, to find out more information on this event click here..

Blog by Brian McGuire..


RWH1697 seek volunteers for our shop unit which will be opening in the next month,

Volunteers can participate in a number of activities including costume making, talking to the general public about the history of the Renfrewshire Witches Story and Selling RWH1697 Crafts and Merchandise,

The Shop is number Unit 17 and is based on the top floor of the Paisley Shopping Centre,

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the shop unit please contact Dale Irvine, Shop Manager at who will gladly assist you,”

Paisley Development Trust presents

Paisley Patter

You and your colleagues/groups/families, are invited to the launch of the latest project from Paisley Development Trust:

6 p.m. (till 7pm), Friday 22 February

Paisley Threadmill Museum,

12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1 JS

logosCalling Stitchers!

With a deadline of June this year to complete the Paisley panel for the Great Scottish Tapestry, we are urgently looking for “stitchers” – folks who are good at/interested in or have always fancied a go at embroidery work.

If that is YOU please come along! If you know of someone who might be interested, bring them along! If you work with a group with stitching talents (even hidden ones!) bring them along or get in touch with me by phone on 07873723420 or by email.

The Paisley panel is focused on Paisley between the Wars and everyone can get involved in its creation.

Calling Young People!

We’re looking for local young people (18 – 25 year olds) who are interested in film and recording.

Again, if you fit this profile (or you know of someone who does), come along!

You will gather the stories of Paisley people who lived through the 1930s:



Did you have family connections with the mills? Do your remember Brown and Polsons or Roberstsons’ Jam Factory?

We want to hear from YOU.

The young people involved in the project will hear and record memories of daily life, living conditions, the highs and lows of living in that period. The stories will then be translated into embroidered squares for the Paisley Panel. You can make your own (or “buddy” up with a stitcher who will make it for you)

The whole piece will be accompanied by audio visual materials (on line and in a publication)

We are looking forward to welcoming you into the Paisley Threadmill Museum on Friday, 22nd February at 6pm

Tea and biscuits will be served on arrival so please RSVP and let us know numbers for catering purposes

Paisley Patter is funded by the Heritage Lottery’s All Our Stories programme

The Paisley Development Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation sco 42589