The Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and MSP for the West of Scotland, has added his support to Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.
Mr Macintosh joined fellow politicians, Paisley creatives and representatives of the public, private and third sectors at a hugely successful reception at the Scottish Parliament last week in which more than 300 people attended to hear George Adam, MSP for Paisley, speak on behalf of the town before introducing Paisley 2021 Bid Director, Jean Cameron, and Renfrewshire Council Leader and Bid Partnership Board Chair, Councillor Mark Macmillan, who outlined Paisley’s case.
The event was a fantastic showcase for Paisley culture featuring Gaelic music by Feis Phaisling and a powerful performance by members of PACE youth theatre group.
The Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP said: “I am delighted to add my support to Paisley’s 2021 bid to be named the UK City of Culture. Such an accolade would be great for Paisley and for Renfrewshire as well as for the West of Scotland region.
I want to thank everyone at Paisley 2021 who has driven this campaign forward and wish them the very best of luck in the coming months.”
Jean Cameron said: “In 12 short months, we have seen the tide of opinion turn towards a position where people now really believe we can do it, and that belief in itself has had an enormously positive effect on our communities.
“A vivid pattern is emerging – a bit like the famous Pattern itself – with passionate people all pulling together to create an incredible showcase that draws inspiration locally, but also thinks globally looking to partners across Scotland to help us throw the country’s doors open to colourful, dynamic, marvellous, friendly exploration!”
In the past year there has been phenomenal support for the bid including from Paisley-born artist, John Byrne, and musician Paolo Nutini. There is also cross-party support for the bid.
The UK City of Culture competition is run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The rules state that the competition is open to large towns and urban areas, as well as cities. Bids are expected to be lodged in the spring with the short-list announced thereafter. The winner will be announced at the end of 2017.
For more information on Paisley 2021 and to back the bid go to www.paisley2021.co.uk