The Paisley Daily Express has been an integral part of Paisley and Renfrewshire since 1874. Editor Cheryl McEvoy tells you why being crowned UK City of Culture 2021 would give Paisley the chance to reinvent itself.
It is my privilege to represent the Paisley Daily Express in pledging support for our town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.
The Express has been an integral part of Paisley and Renfrewshire since 1874 and proud to represent the views and opinions of our thousands of readers both in print and online.
The city of culture bidding process has provided a wonderful chance to demonstrate the talent and ambition that has driven our community for generations.
We also fully appreciate the opportunity that a successful bid could afford us in the run up to 2021 and beyond.
Paisley is an incredibly ambitious community, and its people are determined to tackle the social problems that have arisen as a result of decades of industrial decline and poverty.
The bidding process has been significant in raising the profile of the existing long-term plan regeneration plan.
It has created an understanding as to the many benefits of establishing Paisley as a cultural centre, promoting its many outstanding architectural, creative and historical assets.
This can already be measured in the confidence and enthusiasm that have affected the community.
New businesses are opening, people are once again considering Paisley as a destination, and even the most ardent naysayers will concede that there is an air of optimism not seen in our town for a very long time.
The bid campaign has generated support from across all sections of our population.
School children and pensioners appreciate its significance as much as politicians and business leaders.
Being crowned City of Culture 2021 would give Paisley the chance to completely reinvent itself, to become the town it truly aspires to be - successful, diverse, creative and most of all proud.
Good luck Paisley, we're right behind you.