Leather firm vis­i­tors’ book bound to be a hit

De­signer tome cel­e­brates Pais­ley’s cul­ture city bid

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Lynn Jolly

The big­gest man­u­fac­turer of leather in the UK has cre­ated a be­spoke vis­i­tor’s book to cel­e­brate its back­ing of Pais­ley’s bid to be named UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

Pais­ley is one of five places short­listed for the UK City of Cul­ture 2021 ti­tle along­side Coven­try, Stoke-on-Trent, Sun­der­land and Swansea.

And the big de­ci­sion is com­ing from the Depart­ment for Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport to­mor­row.

Scot­tish Leather Group’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Iain McFadyen and direc­tor James Lang handed over the em­bossed leather tome to Provost Lor­raine Cameron.

It has been hand-crafted by de­signer Kerr Wat­son in his Bridge of Al­lan stu­dio, and is in­scribed with the Pais­ley 2021 logo in the dis­tinc­tive bid colours of blue and orange.

Provost Cameron said: “We are de­lighted that a com­pany with such his­toric roots and in­ter­na­tional links is back­ing the bid for Pais­ley to be­come UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

“The sup­port from Scot­tish Leather Group and the busi­ness com­mu­nity as a whole demon­strates the scale of the com­mit­ment to the town’s bid to be named UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

“It’s also won­der­ful to have such a spe­cial me­mento from SLG which show­cases their work and will hope­fully be used to cap­ture vis­i­tors’ thoughts on Pais­ley in a win­ning year of cul­ture.”

SLG is the par­ent com­pany of a group of leather man­u­fac­tur­ing and as­so­ci­ated com­pa­nies which has an an­nual turnover in ex­cess of £120 mil­lion.

The group’s Bridge of Weir site opened in 1905 and to­day houses one of Europe’s largest leather pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Its five com­pa­nies in­clude the 110- year- old Bridge of Weir Leather, which spe­cialises in lux­ury au­to­mo­tive leathers and Pais­ley tan­ners WJ & W Lang, which can trace its roots back to 1872.

Mr Lang said: “Hav­ing had a pres­ence in Pais­ley that dates back to 1872, win­ning UK City of Cul­ture will ben­e­fit lo­cal busi­nesses, the res­i­dents of Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire as a whole.”

SLG is one of 15 or­gan­i­sa­tions to pledge a com­bined £300,000 should Pais­ley take the UK City of Cul­ture 2021 ti­tle.

Me­mento Iain McFadyen and James Lang with Provost Lor­raine Cameron

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