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Famous faces who have backed Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021

Paisley has received a host of celebrity supporters since the town launched its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 just over two years ago.

Let's take a look at just some of the famous faces who have backed the Paisley 2021 bid.

Paolo Nutini 

Paisley musical megastar Paolo Nutini declared his support for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 during a surprise video message broadcast to a delighted crowd of 30,000 at the town’s Christmas Light Switch-on event in 2016.

 

Gerald Butler 

 

Paisley-born actor and Hollywood star Gerard Butler showed his support for Paisley 2021 and spoke of his pride at being recreated in Lego for an animated film made by teenage Kilbarchan filmmaker Morgan Spence in support of the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

 

Sean Batty

And Morgan’s video was also a hit with STV weatherman Sean Batty, who also starred in it and described it as ‘absolutely incredible’, adding ‘I’ve just messaged Morgan to say how wonderful it is…I love it!’

 

Nick Nairn 

 

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn declared his backing for Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 during two packed live cooking demos at Paisley Food Festival in 2016.

 

John Byrne 

 

One of Scotland's best known artists and playwrights John Byrne announced his support for Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 ahead of his show at the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh in November 2016.

 

Brad Paisley

 

Grammy-award-winning US country artist Brad Paisley showed his support for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid as he posed for pictures with a specially-branded Paisley 2021 taxi ahead of his show in Glasgow.

 

Pam Hogg

Fashion designer Pam Hogg has backed Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and spoke passionately about her hometown and its iconic pattern.

 

Scouting for Girls

 

Scouting for Girls entertained thousands at Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On in 2016 as they showed their support for Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

 

Ash 

 

Northern Irish rockers Ash backed the bid as they put on a thrilling performance at Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On last month.

 

Carol Laula

 

One of Paisley's favourite musical daughters Carol Laula has been a keen supporter of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021. She sang along with a mass choir of Buddies to as Paisley submitted its final bid with a moving rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme.

 

Eddi Reader

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Eddi Reader fell in love with Paisley as she performed songs by the town’s famous poet Robert Tannahill during the Spree festival in 2016.

 

Scott Reid

 

Still Game actor Scott Reid – who stars as the hilarious Methodone Mick in the comedy series - threw his support behind Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 in a special video recorded for BBC Timeline.