2021 bid cam­paign racks up thou­sands of miles

Town’s story has trav­elled far and wide in two years

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ex­press Re­porter

Ad­ver­tis­ing Ad­ver­tis­ing A global flavour has been added to Pais­ley’s bid to be­come UK City of Cul­ture 2021 since work started on the am­bi­tious cam­paign two years ago to­day.

The bid aims to use the past to trans­form the town’s fu­ture and put it back on the map.

Si n c e l aunch­ing on Novem­ber 13, 2015, the Pais­ley 2021 cam­paign has helped boost the town’s con­nec­tions with the UK and the rest of the world.

The town’s story has reached peo­ple and places all around the world.

To mark the two- year an­niver­sary of the launch, we take a look at a se­lec­tion of the dif­fer­ent places Pais­ley and its bid have been linked with over the two years.

These in­clude:  In­dia — Pais­ley’s unique tex­tile his­tory holds close links to In­dia through the orig­i­nal Kash­miri shawls, which the Pais­ley ver­sions de­scended from.

These links were marked in Jan­uary 2016 as the Pais­ley Pat­tern starred in a cross­cul­tural fash­ion show in the town’s abbey by stu­dents from In­dia and Pais­ley.

Also, a spe­cial Mu­si­cal Ta­pes­try show cel­e­brated Pais­ley’s friend­ship with In­dia at the launch of The Spree fes­ti­val last month.

The event saw three Scot­tish mu­si­cians — Ross Ainslie, An­gus Lyon and Ross Wil­son — team up with In­dian coun­ter­parts Smita Bel­lur, Asin Khan Langa and Sawai Khan, for a mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion.

 Amer­ica — The town’s su­per­star name­sake, mul­ti­mil­lion- sell­ing US coun­try artist Brad Pais­ley, showed his sup­port.

He posed for pic­tures with a spe­cially-branded a Pais­ley 2021 taxi and was pre­sented with a Pais­ley tar­tan tie ahead of his sold-out per­for­mance at Glas­gow’s Clyde Au­di­to­rium.

 Dubai — Pho­tog­ra­pher Gary Chittick snapped a Pais­ley 2021 flag in the United Arab Emi­rates and

 Space — Not only has Pais­ley’s fa­mous Pat­tern car­ried the name of its home­town around the globe, it also went out of this world.

A patch of the Pais­ley Pat­tern, sev­eral inches in size, was sent on board a rocket bound for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on July 17 this year.

It was placed in­side a cap­sule on the Space X Fal­con 9 rocket for the CRS-9 mis­sion launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Sport craig.ritchie@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Sport craig.ritchie@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Space pat­tern Back­ing from Andy Camp­bell, who is com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion’s Ed­u­ca­tional Trust Coun­try star Name­sake Brad Pais­ley giv­ing the bid his ap­proval

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