Renfrewshire Council

Festival 'Weaves' its way through Paisley

Paisley enjoyed a bumper weekend celebrating the town's radical history and heritage with the first-ever Weave festival.

Thousands of people descended on the town for a weekend full of events, which were taking place alongside the annual Sma' Shot celebrations - one of the world's oldest workers festivals.

Running from Friday 30 June until Sunday 1 July, locals and visitors were able to enjoy a spectacular range of cultural events, exhibitions, workshops, live music and street performances at venues throughout the town centre.

I was delighted to take part in the annual Sma' Shot parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close on Saturday and it was great to see so many performers, community groups and families all dressed up for the occasion.

This year's parade focused on the theme of 'the threads that bind us' and encouraged participants and the audience to celebrate what brings us together.

It was also an honour to stand beside Tony Lawler, who marked his 25th year as the man leading the parade by banging the Charleston Drum, and Maggie McCulloch from the Tannahill Centre to start the traditional Burning of the Cork.

It was such a thrill seeing all the excited faces in the crowd as the fireworks shot into the air when the effigy was set alight.

Other highlights of the weekend included the mass drum-off and outdoor family ceilidh in Abbey Close and the Poetry Slam with top spoken word performances in Paisley Town Hall.

Weave festival was one of Visit Scotland's signature events in Scotland's 2017 Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology and did a fantastic job of showcasing the creative talent Paisley has to offer.

I am looking forward to more of these fantastic cultural events taking place as part of the push towards Paisley's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.