As Paisley waved off its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, the bid documents themselves were all given a unique twist.

Artists, designers and groups with links to the town were invited to design bespoke front covers for the documents.

Bound with thread donated from Coats, the company to whom Paisley’s fortunes were tied and which is still a global force, each has its own Paisley inspired design.

As they are handed over to the judging panel of the Department of Digital,  Culture, Media and Sport who organise the competition, we can reveal the inspiration behind some of the 25 covers.

Read Caroline Gormley's story below.

There is a highly personal story behind Paisley artist Caroline Gormley’s front cover, a black and white portrait of her late father Tommy Gormley, created along fellow artist and fiancé Sandy Guy, 55.

Caroline, who worked from a photograph of her dad, said: “Paisley had a famous punk venue called the Bungalow Bar. After some trouble at a gig by The Stranglers in 1977, venues in Glasgow where scared of losing their licence if they played host to punk bands so lots of them came to Paisley and the Bungalow Bar. We had the Rezillos, The Skids, The Clash, The Jam and Echo and the Bunnymen play our town, there and at the Silver Thread where my Dad was the head chef.

 

“He used to sneak people in the back door for free. My dad died two years ago but I had no idea of the story until a taxi driver who knew him told me last year.  The punk scene lasted a lot longer here than elsewhere  because local bands took inspiration from the big names and because there’s a natural buzz in the attitudes of people here. The same thing is happening with the 2021 bid – it’s involving the community in something they may feel left out of normally.

“You feel it, you see it and you want to be part of it. My dad was really supportive of my art and I think would have been delighted he’s on a front cover for something that could change our home town. I can see the changes in people here already.”