French airline Europe Airpost has announced a series of scheduled flights linking Glasgow Airport with Halifax, Canada in summer 2014.

It will be the first time Halifax, which is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport since 2009. Europe Airport will operate a weekly service during July and August.

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The busy Atlantic seaport of Halifax looks out over one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is described as the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

Europe Airpost will deploy a two class Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 128 seats – 24 in premium economy and 104 in economy – on the route.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, added: “Canada and Scotland share rich historic and cultural links and as a result, demand for any route between the two countries is always extremely high. We are delighted Europe Airpost has restored Halifax to our route network and it will provide new capacity during one of our busiest periods of the year.”

Jean-François Dominiak, chief executive of Europe Airport, said: “The launch of this new route meets Europe Airpost’s strategy of diversification with the operation of series of scheduled flights. The Boeing 737-700 aircraft of the company perfectly suits the needs of a summer transatlantic connection between Glasgow and Halifax.”

Flights will go on sale in early January through with prices starting from £499 return trip, including taxes and baggage.

Glasgow Airport

With some 30 airlines serving more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Gulf, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.

In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

George Adam MSP

MSP for Paisley in Successful Yes Vote.

Paisley’s MSP has been getting that ‘de javu’ feeling after purchasing a book by a Glasgow author.  Overture by writer Erl B. Wilkie tells the story of the politics after Scotland has voted Yes after the independence referendum in 2014.  One of the key politicians in discussion on independence is the ‘firebrand’ backbench SNP MSP for Paisley.  This MSP lives in the east end of Paisley and drinks in his local the Burgh Bar.  These three facts sounded very close to home for the real Paisley MSP George Adam.

George Adam MSP

George said:

‘I was first made aware of the book by an article in the Paisley Daily express a few months ago.  Since then I’ve had loads of constituents telling me about it saying that I should take a look for myself.

‘I was initially very pleased to hear about a book detailing a successful vote on Scottish independence with a focus on my home town.  What I didn’t expect was a few coincidences that really had me thinking.

‘The politician involved was Paisley’s MSP, Jack Murdoch.  This fictional MSP lives in same part of Paisley as myself and has the same favourite watering hole – my local the Burgh Bar.

‘Seriously, I’m sure any similarities are just coincidence and I can confirm that the book was a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

‘Particularly pleasing is that art seems to be imitating real life in some parts of the book and I’m hoping that the referendum next year produces the same result detailed in the book.’

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MODstuff Paisley

A series of gigs & events From Friday 11th October and Saturday 12th October raising funds for local charity

Loud n’ Proud through LNP Promotions.

About LNP Promotions :
Raising funds for Loud n Proud, Promoting great events in Paisley,

To help our charity and our town through great music events.

Venue: The Bungalow , Shuttle Street, Paisley

Time: 6.30pm until late.

Friday night bands:

The Laynes , Button Up & The Beatroots.

Friday & Saturday night gig tickets available

at The Bungalow ,Apollo Music Paisley , from LNP Promotions &

Tickets Scotland. (£10 each night – booking fees may apply)

Council Leader wants Renfrewshire to lead the way on tackling unemployment

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader wants the area to lead the way on tackling youth unemployment and is urging partner organisations to do all they can to help.

The council has made a significant investment in its £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which aims to reduce youth unemployment and boost the local economy.

Councillor Mark MacmillanNow, Councillor Mark Macmillan is asking the council’s public-sector partners to consider whether they can do more to help tackle the issue.

He said: “The rate of youth unemployment among young people is far higher than the average for all age groups, in both Renfrewshire and Scotland.

“The council is determined to avoid a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are frozen out of work – which is why we have made tackling youth unemployment a priority though Invest in Renfrewshire.

“The public sector has a crucial role to play in addressing youth unemployment, which is why we are formally asking our partners to buy in to our agenda of up-scaling what Renfrewshire’s public sector does to tackle this issue.

“We want Renfrewshire to lead the way when it comes to cutting unemployment among 18 – 24 year olds.”

A meeting of the Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership Board saw the council ask other public-sector agencies in the area to consider how well they use existing council or government programmes set up to help young people into work.

Partner agencies agreed to:

* Engage with the Invest programme and provide direct support to young people;

* Agree to host as many internships, work placements and workplace visits as possible;

* Set ambitious targets in providing job opportunities and report back on these.

Invest in Renfrewshire includes an employer recruitment incentive, which pays half the wage costs of a new employee at national minimum wage for up to nine months, with an extra £1,000 available to companies agreeing to pay the Living Wage of £7.50 an hour.

It also includes a graduate internship programme, which pays a subsidy of up to £5,000 to organisations taking on an unemployed graduate for a project-led position of up to 11 months.

Thomas Coats Observatory

Coats Observatory 130th Anniversary

Tuesday 1 October will mark the 130th anniversary of the opening of Coats Observatory. To commemorate this event the observatory will play host to an evening of astronomical-themed events.

Coats Observatory is Scotland’s oldest public observatory. A gift to the town from the Paisley Philosophical Institution and funded primarily by Thomas Coats of the Coats thread-manufacturing family, Coats Observatory first opened its doors to the public on the night of October the first, 1883. Coats Observatory was the first purpose-built observatory in Scotland which allowed members of the public access to a powerful telescope to see the wonders of the universe up close.

Thomas Coats Observatory

The building now operates as a visitor attraction and museum. During the day visitors can enjoy a guided tour around the building, taking in some of the fantastic Victorian-era scientific equipment once used to record earthquakes, the weather and observe the stars and take in the view from the balcony. In the winter months the observatory opens twice a week to keep up the tradition of allowing members of the public to look at the night sky through the telescope. If the weather is poor a state of the art digital planetarium provides a virtual tour of the cosmos without having to leave the comfort of your seat.

To celebrate its 130th anniversary Coats Observatory will open from 7pm to 10pm on Tuesday 1 October. Amongst the activities on offer will be planetarium films, guided tours, a talk on the history of the institution and, weather permitting, night sky viewing from 9pm – 10pm. If the weather prevents the use of the telescope planetarium shows will operate instead.

Admission to Coats Observatory is free, although places must be booked for the planetarium films as spaces are limited. Please call Paisley Museum on 0300 300 1210 to book. Films will operate at 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm.

Entry to Coats Observatory that evening will be via 49 Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, PA1 2DR.

For any other information on the event, please contact Coats Observatory on 0141 618 5119.

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Paisley Beer Festival 2013

This September, Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating it’s 26th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

We will feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Yorkshire area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe.

paisley beer festival


Opening Times

Wed 11th 5pm – 11pm
Thu 12th noon – 11pm
Fri 13th noon – 12am
Sat 14th noon – 9pm

Information from

You can also join the event by clicking on the Facebook Events Page here.



Mòd Phàislig announces charity partner

The local organising committee for the visit of the Royal National Mòd to Paisley later this year has announced Accord Hospice as its official charity partner.

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage.

The nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature, which takes place from Friday 11th until Saturday 19th October, is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors.


Ken Mathie from Accord Hospice said: “Being a well-known local organisation which over the years has touched the lives of thousands of people from our community, ACCORD is very proud and honoured to be associated with the Paisley Mòd.

“We look forward to having a presence at every performance and wish everyone involved with the Mòd every success.”

In addition to having collectors at all the venues throughout the period of the Mòd, there will be the traditional Grand Prize draw.

All money raised will be used to assist with the hosting of Mòd Phàislig with the remainder going direct to Accord Hospice.

The first prize of the draw is £1,000 cash, with many other prizes still to be announced. The draw will be made on Friday 18 October.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Mòd Phàislig 2013 Convener said: “We are delighted to be linking up with Accord Hospice, our official charity partner.

“They do a considerable service for Renfrewshire and we hope the visit of the Mòd can contribute to that.

“Our exciting prize draw has a number of great prizes, and a top prize of £1,000. We hope people will support the Mòd’s visit by buying a ticket, and at the same time know they are supporting one of Paisley’s most treasured organisations.”

Tickets are £1 each, £10 per book, and are available from or 07535514385.

Running alongside the Mòd and the Mòd Fringe will be The Spree Festival (10 to 20 October), which is returning after a successful debut in 2012.

The Spree will see 10 days of music, comedy and literary events and a full children’s programme will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square, and Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year.

Headline acts include Edwyn Collins, Capercaille, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and a unique collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO. Top comics Craig Hill and Fred McAulay will provide the laughs. Tickets are available from


Sanctuary Scotland has applied to Renfrewshire Council for planning permission to build a further 86 houses in the Shortroods area of Paisley, which would see much needed social housing brought to the town.


The proposal is to build:sanctuary1

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  • 43 x 2 bed properties
  • 27 x 3 bed properties
  • 12 x 1 bed cottage flats
  • 2 x 3 bed wheelchair accessible properties
  • 2 x 2 bed wheelchair accessible bungalows



The proposed area is adjacent to previously built Sanctuary Housing and opposite St James/Mossvale School.

The proposals can be viewed in more detail at:


Missing Persons Appeal..

Last seen in Paisley Renfrewshire. Barry’s been missing since Monday night (15/07) and the family are getting really anxious about him. Can people (especially his friends in Scotland) please share this photograph?

If you are in touch with Barry – please ask him to call home and let everyone know he’s alright. If you’ve any information about his whereabouts over the last few days – please get in touch with the Paisley Police force on 0044 (0) 141 532 6180