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One of the oldest workers festivals in the world, Sma' Shot Day, took place on Saturday, 4th July. The day started at noon with the traditional Parade from Brodie Park and culminated in the burning of the Cork at 5pm. In between there was entertainment, funfair rides, food and games to enjoy.

The Parade was once again led by The Charlston Drummer, Tony Lawler, followed by local dignitaries including The Depute Provost, MPs MSPs and Councillors with the workers following behind.

Sma' Shot Day originates from the weaving industry, which, in the 19th century made Paisley and the surrounding area one of the major textile producing areas in the British Empire. The sma' shot was a binding thread which held together the patterned shawls which Paisley is famous for. But, because theĀ  sma shot was never seen in the finished shawls the manufacturers refused to pay the weavers for the yarn. After many years of dispute, the weavers won their cause. In celebration the traditional July holiday was renamed Sma' Shot Day and is celebrated on the first Saturday in July.




Paisley is the largest town in Scotland. The town  has a rich history; from it’s 12th century Cluniac Abbey, it’s world famous Paisley Pattern Shawls, and its position at the forefront of the Thread Industry all of which brought great wealth and prosperity to the Town, enabling it to build it’s inspiring Town Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Observatory, Schools and numerous fine Churches.

Paisley is surrounded by many historical towns and villages and is also ideally situated as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands, with Loch Lomond only 20 minutes away and Edinburgh a mere 45 minutes, and with the airport within 2 miles of the centre of Paisley, it really is the ideal base for visitors from near and far.



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