Renfrewshire Council

Global spotlight for Paisley's UK City of Culture 2021 bid

Being born and bred in Paisley, I am proud that St Mirren FC has been fully behind the town's bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

And it was great to have the chance to see first-hand the new Paisley 2021 branded signs inside St Mirren's stadium proudly displaying the club's support for the bid.

Together with the club's decision to rename the park as the Paisley 2021 stadium, their support is helping to carry Paisley's name and our unique story around the world.

St Mirren are an important part of our community, as well as one of the most high-profile symbols of the town.

By having Paisley 2021 branding around the stadium we are advertising the town and our ambitions to a wide audience - not only do St Mirren games feature on national TV and radio, and are broadcast online around the world, but the stadium hosts live televised Scotland under-21 and women's internationals too.

Paisley was once known across the globe through its textiles and the pattern which bears its name - the bid is about retelling that unique story to the world once again.

I believe that by doing so, we will raise the town's profile, create pride, attract visitors to our town centre and use the power of culture to change people's lives for the better.

For more information on Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021, visit the Paisley 2021 website.