Sma’ Shot Day 2023

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Sma’ Shot Parade

12pm – 12.45pm
Brodie Park to Abbey Close

The parade is co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts in collaboration with community groups, performers and musicians. The parade is in honour of the Sma’ Shot victory and tells some exciting, undiscovered stories of weavers’ past.

This year, there’s a spotlight on some of the women making waves at the time. Christian Shaw (known as Lady Bargarran) was a Scottish industrialist regarded as the founder of the thread industry in Paisley. Helen McFarlane was a Scottish Chartist, feminist journalist and philosopher.

Burning of the Cork

Bridge Street

A highlight of the day. The greed of the ‘Corks’ (the middlemen between the owners and the weavers) symbolically set alight at the hands of the working weavers in spectacular fashion.

Street performances

Cat Sith
presented by Ludic Acid
1.45pm-2.10pm and 3pm-3.25pm
Abbey Close

Something is prowling through the local streets. Is it an errant endangered Scottish wildcat, an ancient mythical highland spirit or a modern vernacular cryptid perhaps?

Join Sammy, cat catcher extraordinaire, as he tracks and stalks this elusive beast in an interactive, light-hearted, engrossing spectacle.

Ayawara Ensemble (dance and percussion ensemble)
led by Eric Valentin Mauricia
Various times between 2pm-4pm
Abbey Close

Giant puppets and art works from the parade to delight and entertain.

Main Stage

Abbey Close

  • Shaz Martin – 12.30pm-12.55pm
  • Trade Unions Speeches – 12.55pm-1.05pm
  • PACE Youth Theatre presents The Sma’ Shot Story – 1.10pm-1.30pm
  • Right2Dance performance – 1.40pm-1.45pm
  • RockUs Choir – 1.45pm-2pm
  • Hollie Robinson – 2.10pm-2.30pm
  • Proposal covers band – 2.40pm-3.20pm
  • Ceilidh with Rachel Campbell Trio – 3.30pm-4pm

Activities for kids

Abbey Gardens
All free – no need to book ahead.

Face-painting, balloon-modelling, inflatables and arts & crafts available all afternoon.

Magic Show
Duration: 15 minutes
1.25pm, 2.15pm, 3.05pm

Story Telling
Duration: 15 minutes
1.45pm, 2.35pm, 3.35pm

Sma’ Shot Day at The Art Department

The Art Department, Paisley Centre, 2-10 Causeyside Street, Paisley

Sma’ Shot Feel Good Fair

The weavers knew their worth! In that tradition, this special ‘feel good fair’ combines creativity and wellbeing for a family friendly day out showcasing local creatives, wellbeing practitioners and community-focused organisations.

The Big Weave with Hector Dyer

Join in this mass public weaving session. Sign up for three days of free weaving sessions in advance (27/28/29 June) where you can help weave textiles and learn more about the uprising of 1856.

Join The Good Shout

Banner and placard-making workshop with Lil Brookes, local artist and historian. Sign up for this free workshop in advance (Thursday 29 June, 11am-3pm) and make your banner or placard to wave on Sma’ Shot Day.

Sma’ Shot Day at The Bungalow

15 Shuttle Street, Paisley

All free – no need to book ahead.

Live music (various)

Silver Threads presented by Evelyn Laurie and Neil Thomson

A collection of songs commemorating the rich heritage of Paisley, its people and history. Created by fellow buddies, Evelyn Laurie and Neil Thomson, it includes songs old and new by local heroes including Robert Tannahill and Danny Kyle as well as new compositions.

Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam

Tea Dance

Methodist Central Halls, 2 Gauze Street, Paisley

John Findlay will be on keyboards for a great afternoon of fun and dance!

Free tickets available to collect in-person from Paisley Central Library from Tuesday 30 May. Maximum 6 tickets per person.

Sma’ Shot Cottages

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley
Tours from 12pm – 4pm

Just drop in – no need to book ahead.

Your opportunity to see how the weavers worked and lived. Come along and learn more before enjoying a cuppa and some home baking in the tea room and a wander around the gift shop.

Legacy Comps

Legacy Comps organise a series of weekly and monthly prize draws to raise funds for local youth sports clubs, charities and general good causes.

Look out for the Legacy Comps car in Abbey Close all day and Legacy Comps founder, St Mirren legend Tony Fitzpatrick, will be there from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Photo booth

McBooth Entertainment will be offering a free themed Photo Booth experience at this year’s event.

Pop in to the Russell Institute between 11am-3pm to have some fun, get dressed up and receive a free print to take home as a keepsake!

Sma’ Shot at the Russell Institute

In celebration of Sma’ Shot Day and our local Employability Week, the Parental Employment Support Team are inviting you to the Russell Institute.

Come along between 11am-3pm to hear more about the support on offer and enjoy some fun activities for children and families. We’ve got a dressing-up photobooth, arts and crafts, facepainting/glitter tattoos and plenty of snacks!

The team can tell you about how they support parents to move into employment and how you can improve your skills to move into higher-paid employment. You can also hear first-hand from parents who have benefited from the support.

Road closures for Sma’ Shot Day

Friday 30 June 2023 from 0800 hours until Saturday 1 July 2023 until 2100 hours – Closure

  • Bridge Street/Cotton Street, from Bridge Street car Park to the access into the Renfrewshire House Car Park.
  • Bridge Street Car Park.

 Friday 30 June 2023 from 0800 hours until Saturday 1 July 2023 until 2100 hours – Closure

  • Abbey Close, from Cotton Street to Gauze Street.

Waiting and Loading ban on Saturday 1 July 2023 from 0001 hours until Saturday 2359 hours and Closure on Saturday from 1130 hours until 1330 hours

  • Braids Road, from Falside Road to Neilston Road.
  • Neilston Road, from Lochfield Road to Causeyside Street.
  • Causeyside Street, from Neilston Road to St Mirren Street.
  • St Mirren Street, from Causeyside Street to High Street.
  • High Street, from St Mirren Street to Gauze Street.
  • Gauze Street, from High Street to Lawn Street.
  • Cotton Street, from Bridge Street to Gauze Street.
  • Smithhills Street, from Gauze Street to Weir Street.
  • Underwood Road (north side only), from Well Street to Caledonia Street. (Parking Restrictions Only)
  • Abercorn Street (west side only), from Weir Street to Niddry Street (Parking Restrictions Only)

Vehicles left on the road in contravention of this Notice will be moved out of the works area.

Alternative Routes: Gauze Street, Mill Street or vice versa.

Sma’ Shot Cottages

Jump back in time at the Sma’ Shot Cottages for an insight into life as a Paisley weaver.

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Explore the history of Paisley’s great thread manufacturers, the Coats and Clark families, in one of the great mill buildings within the Anchor Mills complex.

Weaver’s Cottage

Take a wee trip to the wonderful village of Kilbarchan to discover a slice of Renfrewshire’s rich manufacturing history.

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Written by: PaisleyRadio

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