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Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 – 2013 Launch

George Opening the RWH 1697 ShopGeorge officially opened the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 showcase in the Paisley Centre. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George with some of the cast members.

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697

 

 

 

 

 

The RWH 1697

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George with the cast.

Parliament Bewitched by George’s Debate

Geogre with Fiona Hyslop MSp and members of Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697Yesterday, as members of the Scottish Parliament listened to the closing remarks of a debate in the parliament chamber, they turned around to the viewing gallery where they looked with amazement to see members of the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 enter dressed in full costume. They were there to see George Adam MSPs member’s debate regarding this project and the benefits it has had for our town.

Speaking after the debate, the first ever members debate to be held on a Tuesday, George said:

“I was delighted to welcome to parliament members of the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 and others involved in the project. I was able to secure a members debate after submitting a motion to parliament congratulating the project for the event which was staged in Paisley in June this year, while also highlighting the great benefit cultural events like this can have for any town in Scotland.

‘Liz Gardiner of Fablevision and one of the many people involved with the witch hunt has been keen to tell me how cultural planning can benefit towns around Scotland, picking up on a towns cultural assets, like the tale of the Paisley witches, and develop it into a event to bring people into our towns and showing the best we have to offer.

‘As I said in my speech, many people in Paisley know of the witch trials and the horse shoe marking the last resting place of the suspected witches on Maxwellton Street, but few were familiar with the whole story. So it is great that we have such an enthusiastic group of people here in our town willing to re-enact this piece of history.

‘I was delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, was able to meet with the group after the debate to see the costumes close up and here a few extra pieces of the story. I would like to thank everyone that came through for the day, many of my colleagues commented on how seeing everyone in costume added to the debate, and hope that Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 goes from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing the event again next summer.

Motion which was debated during the member’s debate –

Motion S4M-03284: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/06/2012

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, Shining the Light for Community-based Events

That the Parliament congratulates the Paisley Development Trust and everyone involved with the event, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697; notes that the event took place across Paisley town centre on 9 June 2012 and included storytelling and numerous re-enactments; praises all of the volunteers who gave up time to make what it considers to have been a great and successful day; thanks especially the 250 people who donned historical garments to make the re-enactments as authentic as possible and the estimated 1,000 people from Paisley and Renfrewshire who came out in force to support the day; considers that community-led events such as the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 are a great way to engage communities, bring people to towns, spark interest in local history and culture and, more generally, provide locally based and produced entertainment and enjoyment for towns as a whole, and believes that more events like this in cities, towns and villages across Scotland would be of great benefit to local communities and would highlight the talent and imagination of so many throughout the land.

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, Shining the Light for Community-based Events

George today lodged a motion at parliament congratulating all involved in the very successful event which took place in Paisley Town Centre this past Saturday, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697. The motion carries on by highlighting how events such as this can have great benefits for local communities. The motion is as follows:

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, Shining the Light for Community-based Events

That the Parliament congratulates the Paisley Development Trust and everyone involved with the event, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697; notes that the event took place across Paisley town centre on 9 June 2012 and included storytelling and numerous re-enactments; praises all of the volunteers who gave up time to make what it considers to have been a great and successful day; thanks especially the 250 people who donned historical garments to make the re-enactments as authentic as possible and the estimated 1,000 people from Paisley and Renfrewshire who came out in force to support the day; considers that community-lead events such as the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 are a great way to engage communities, bring people to towns, spark interest in local history and culture and, more generally, provide locally based and produced entertainment and enjoyment for towns as a whole, and believes that more events like this in cities, towns and villages across Scotland would be of great benefit to local communities and would highlight the talent and imagination of so many throughout the land.

George Previews Renfrewshire’s Witch Hunt

George and Cllr Mags MacLaren with Witch Hunt Characters.George and Local Councillor Mags MacLaren took some time to see the preparations for the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 project, which will be taking place all over Paisley on Saturday the 9th of June.

The event will be a live participation showcase, highlighting the last, largest, mass execution of people accused of witchcraft in western Europe which took place in Paisley.

 

Everyone is invited to the event, and if you would like to dress up, 17th century style, to participate, even better!

To find out more about the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, click here.

Paisley Development Trust Welcomes George

Paisley Development Trust (PDT) has welcomed George Adam to their new offices on the high Street in Paisley, within the YMCA facilities. Meeting Brian McGuire, one of the directors of PDT, George got to know a bit more about the voluntary organisation. Formed in 2004 to facilitate community renewal through arts and culture, the PDT has organised numerous events promoting the town, the first of which was an exhibition to commemorate the 71 lives that were lost in the Glen Cinema Disaster in 1929.

Speaking on the visit, George said:

‘The PDT is a tremendous organisation with the interest of the town at its heart, which benefits everyone from the town. They have organised many events since their inception and they are currently working on the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, researching and then creating an exhibition about the last mass execution of witches in Western Europe, which took place in Paisley.

‘This voluntary organisation is an example to all of us throughout Scotland with an interest in our local towns and cities, and how to ensure they remain vibrant parts of our community.’

PDT Website