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Spotlight on: Sma Shot Day (Sat 2 and Sun 3 July)

*tickets for Silver Threads and From the Calton to Catalonia available here*

Spotlight on: Sma Shot Day (Sat 2 and Sun 3 July)

This year Sma' Shot Day will be bigger and better than ever – with two days of entertainment celebrating Paisley’s weaving heritage.

It's one of the oldest workers' festivals in the world and is a central part of Paisley's proud history and heritage. Here’s what’s on.

Sma' Shot Day

Saturday 2 July, noon-5pm, Paisley town centre

Kicking off with the spectacular parade from Brodie Park (12pm) to Abbey Close (1pm) where visitors can expect an afternoon-long festival of live entertainment, food, street theatre and more, ending with the traditional Burning of the Cork.

Sma' Shot cottages

Saturday 2 July, noon-4pm, Shuttle Street

Step inside for a look at Paisley's weaving history on Saturday. Join the tour and find out about two fascinating periods of weaving and textiles in the town.

Poetry slam

Saturday 2 July, 7-10pm, Paisley Town Hall

The popular poetry slam is back for 2016 with top poetry performances and musical interludes. It’s free entry and competitors can compete for £50 prize money and a place in the Scottish Slam Finals in Edinburgh, March 2017.

Silver Threads

Sunday 3 July, 7.30pm, Paisley Arts Centre

A specially-commissioned play that takes an in-depth look at the Paisley’s weavers pay dispute on the Sma’ Shot. The quick-fire comedy centres on the story of David and Hannah, their struggles and part in the dispute.

Written by Paisley-born stand-up comic, writer and actor Bruce Morton, its first ever live performance is on Sunday 3 July, 7.30pm in Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets here.

From the Calton to Catalonia

Saturday 2 July, 7.30pm, Paisley Arts Centre

Originally penned in the 1990s, this unique play – based on the life of James Maley, father of writers Willy and John – looks at the Scottish involvement in the Spanish civil war. Hundreds of Scots joined the people of Catalonia who were fighting against Franco’s rule, with around one-third of all British volunteers coming from Glasgow. Many did not return.

A special performance of From the Calton to Catalonia - featuring Frank Gallagher - will take place on Saturday 2 July, 7.30pm in Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets here.

Tea Dance

Saturday 2 July, 1-3pm, Paisley Town Hall

Pop into for the annual Sma' Shot tea dance.

 

Main stage schedule

1300 – Pulse FM kick off stage

1310 – Welcome by Provost Anne Hall

1315 – Speeches by Brenda Aitchison and Mike Kirby

1330 – Sma' Shot re-enactment by PACE youth theatre

1410 – Floor4orce Martial Art, Dance and Fitness School

1430 – Diane Mitchell Gospel Choir

1500 – Angela McCallum School of Music

1530 – Performance by Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697

1600 – Singer Andy Lindsay

 

Parking and road closures

Bridge Street and Cotton Street will be closed between Bridge Street car park up to the entrance to Renfrewshire House from 6pm on Friday 1 July.

The rest of Cotton Street and Abbey Close will be closed from midnight on Saturday 2 July.

The parade route will be closed to traffic from 11.30am to 1.30pm only on Saturday 2 July. Roads include: Braids Road, Neilston Road, Causeyside Street, St Mirren Street, High Street, Gauze Street, Smithhills Street, Underwood Road (north side) and Abercorn Street (west side).

Roads in the parade route will also have a waiting and loading ban from midnight on Saturday.

We'd like to thank McGills and First buses for their support for this event - we will post up the amended bus routes for all services affected here as soon as possible.

All roads will reopen from midnight on Sunday 3 July.

 

Bus service diversions

McGills

Phase 1         11:30 – 12:30

Service

Diversion route

6/70

To Paisley: Barrhead Rd, Mill St, Weir St

From Paisley: Reverse

10

To Paisley: Corsebar Rd, Maxwellton Rd, Canal St, Causeyside St

From Paisley: Reverse

26/51/54

To Paisley: Neilston Rd, Lochfield Rd, Barrhead Rd, Mill St, Incle St, Weir St

From Paisley:

66

To Paisley: Rowan St, Thrushcraigs Rd, Barterholm Rd, Ardgowan Brae, Barrhead Rd, Mill St, Weir St

From Paisley: Causeyside St, Johnston St, Barrhead Rd, Ardgowan Brae, Barterholm Rd, Thrushcraigs St, Rowan St

 

Phase 2         12:30 – 13:30

Service

Diversion route

7/60

To Paisley: Terminate on Storie St

10

To Paisley: Causeyside St, Gordon St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd

From Paisley: Reverse

17

To Glasgow: Glasgow Rd, Incle St, Weir St Terminate on Abercorn St

From Glasgow: Reverse

19/757
(11:30 – 13:30)

Terminate on Weir St

Pick up at Gilmour St

20/38

To Glasgow: Wellmeadow St, George St, Wardrop St, Canal St, Mill St, Glasgow Rd

From Glasgow: Reverse

21/22/101
(11:30 – 13:30)

Renfrew Rd, Weir St Terminate on Abercorn St

26

To Paisley/Glasgow: Causeyside St, Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St, Weir St

From Glasgow/Paisley: Renfrew Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St

51/54/66

From Paisley: Abercorn St, Renfrew Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Causeyside St

61

To Paisley: Canal St, Gordon St, Mill St, Incle St, Weir St

To Foxbar: Abercorn St, Renfrew Rd, Mill St, Gordon St

904

To Paisley: Wellmeadow St, George St, Wardrop St, Gordon St, Mill St, Weir St

To Largs: reverse

64

To Gallowhill: Well St, Wellmeadow St, George St, Wardrop St, Gordon St, Mill St, Weir St, Abercorn St

From Gallowhill: Renfrew Rd, Mill St, Gordon St, Wardrop St, George St, Well St

First Glasgow

Service 9

To Paisley:

Normal route to Glasgow Road at Gauze Street then right Incle Street left Weir Street continue Old Sneddon Street and drop off any passengers at bus stop outside entrance to Gilmour Street station.

Operate out of service via Old Sneddon Street, right Niddry Street, right Renfrew Road continue Incle Street and left Glasgow Road to first bus stop and take recovery time here.

To Glasgow:

Start in service from first bus stop on Glasgow Road 2 minutes after time shown for Gauze Street and operate normal route.

On journeys terminating at Paisley town centre show screen 266.