Get ready for lights fan­tas­tic

Ash will head­line the an­nual Christ­mas switch-on

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Lynn Jolly

North­ern Ir­ish rock­ers Ash will mark the start of Pais­ley’s fes­tive sea­son with a head­line per­for­mance at the an­nual Christ­mas Lights Switch-On.

Thou­sands are ex­pected to head to the town cen­tre on Satur­day to en­joy a host of free fam­ily fun, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Rein­deer Pa­rade.

The switch- on is the lat­est event in Pais­ley’s win­ter sea­son, it­self part of a wider pro­gramme in the town’s bid for UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

Provost Lor­raine Cameron will press the but­ton to light up the town, as­sisted by lucky schools com­pe­ti­tion win­ner, 10-year-old Aleena Al­bin, from St Peter’s Pri­mary School.

Santa and his helpers will lead the pro­ces­sion down High Street at 1.30pm, be­fore he opens his grotto at the Pais­ley Cen­tre.

A per­for­mance from Chil­dren’s Clas­sic Con­cert will pro­vide a sea­sonal sound­track from 2.30pm, with au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion a must. Twice-voted best mu­sic act at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe, per­cus­sion su­per­stars Owen and OIly, shake up your idea of clas­si­cal mu­sic with a high-en­ergy fam­ily con­cert.

Mu­sic head­lin­ers Ash will take to the Live Stage at 5.15pm for a per­for­mance be­fore the town’s fes­tive count­down of­fi­cially starts with the an­nual Christ­mas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

With 18 Top 40 sin­gles in­clud­ing The Girl from Mars and Shin­ing Light un­der their belt, the band, who first found fame as teenagers in the nineties, still know how to start a party.

Clyde 1 favourites, Cal­lum Gal­lacher, Greigsy, Grant Thom­son, Am­ber, Ge­orge Bowie and Cassi will be adding to the fes­tive fun by spin­ning Christ­mas clas­sics.

At Pais­ley Abbey, fes­tive shop­pers can ex­plore the Slug in a Bot­tle Christ­mas Mar­ket from 1pm, with more than 30 stalls to search out the per­fect gifts. Face paint­ing and sto­ry­telling are among the fam­ily fun also on of­fer. An in­ter­ac­tive snow globe will be in Abbey Close for fes­tive photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Rev­ellers can sing along with the merry Mas­saoke band as they play Christ­mas favourites with the words dis­played on gi­ant screens.

Pais­ley has been short­listed for the UK City of Cul­ture ti­tle along­side Coven­try, Stoke-on-Trent, Sun­der­land and Swansea, with a de­ci­sion ex­pected in De­cem­ber.

Pais­ley 2021 bid di­rec­tor Jean Cameron said: “This year’s Christ­mas Lights switchon is big­ger and bet­ter than ever and will bring thou­sands of peo­ple into the town cen­tre which is great for busi­ness.

“As we bid to be UK City of Cul­ture 2021 it’s great to show that we can host events on this scale. A win­ning bid would mean Pais­ley town cen­tre would be host­ing big events sim­i­lar to this one ev­ery week­end.”

Pais­ley is also gear­ing up to host a four­week Christ­mas spec­tac­u­lar in the town from Novem­ber 24, with plans, sub­ject to ap­provals, for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Con­ti­nen­tal style mar­ket.

Hosted by Pais­ley First, Win­ter Fest also in­clude a free fes­tive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread through­out the town, from Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, un­til Satur­day, De­cem­ber 16.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tim­ings on the Pais­ley Christ­mas Lights Switch on go to: http:// www. pais­ley2021.­leys-win­ter-fes­ti­val/pais­l­ey­christ­mas-lights/#whats-on-4826

There will be a se­ries of road clo­sures around the town cen­tre from 12.01am on Satur­day morn­ing, in­clud­ing parts of Gauze Street, St Mir­ren Street, Cot­ton Street, Lawn Street and Smith­hills Street.

County Place, Gil­mour Street, High Street and Abbey Close will close from 8am on Satur­day morn­ing un­til after the event.

Ready to rock North­ern Ir­ish band Ash

Happy Crowds at last year’s event

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