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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.

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Women from Renfrewshire Community Payback  serving orders during 2016 worked on special Paisley 2021 bags, one of which was chosen as a bid cover.

Criminal Justice Services Manager Allison Scott said that the group took real pride at being able to help the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.


She said: “We introduced a female-only unpaid work squad based on the recommendations of the national commission led by Dame Elish Angiolini that explored  the particular needs of females who offend, and encouraged us to work at keeping women out of custody for low level offences as well as supporting them to manage community orders.

“Unpaid work is about repatriation to the community where the women have offended – but it’s also rehabilitation and learning how to take pride in the place that you come from contributes to that.”

Paisley  pattern was used for the design and Allison added: “What we were trying to do for the women who come from all over Renfrewshire, is help make them feel a part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid, this is for them too.

“Women who offend can be some of the most excluded people in our society so it’s about social inclusion and feeling a part of things. So part of the process was about the women feeling part of Paisley 2021.”