In the latest show of cross-party support for the bid, Renfrewshire North and West MSP Derek says the town deserves the title and believes the Paisley 2021 campaign has ‘captured the imagination’ of people across the area.
I am very positive about Paisley and always have been – it’s the town I was born in. I think Paisley is very deserving to win UK City of Culture 2021– it has the passion, the pride and the people.
The events that are taking place are wonderful and they’ve grown over a number of years – there is a sense of that cultural renaissance making a difference.
The bid has captured the imagination of many people right across the county – and indeed across the country eyes are on Paisley and Renfrewshire.
It’s a fantastic, positive, energised campaign which is all about people, and people should be involved in whatever way they can.
Be part of it and enjoy it as well because the bid is about being positive about Paisley and it’s great fun too.”