PAISLEY'S fireworks extravaganza has been scrapped for the second year in a row.

The display was called off last year due to the coronavirus crisis – and Renfrewshire Council has now said it is “unfeasible” to stage the event next month.

It cited crowd size and ongoing Covid safety measures as the reasons behind the latest cancellation.

The move has sparked fears more people will stage their own fireworks displays if there is no communal event to go to in the town centre.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, who represents Paisley Northwest, said: “It’s disappointing the fireworks event being called off but people’s safety has to be the priority.

“There is, however, concern the lack of an official large-scale fireworks event might lead to people setting up their own local displays.

“Apart from the obvious dangers of using fireworks or setting bonfires, there is the impact the noise of fireworks has on pets and even those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Please think about your neighbours and pets and, even though there is no main structured event, don’t be tempted into holding your own display. It’s safer for all if we can ignore the fireworks this year.”

Last November, fireworks were posted through letterboxes or fired at houses in Paisley in five separate attacks around Bonfire Night.

The latest cancellation comes after the council announced the annual Christmas lights switch-on events which usually take place in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew would not be held this year either.

However, event organisers have said there will still be a “spectacular” array of lights in each town and some other festive activities will be arranged.

A Hallowe’en Festival will, however, take place in Paisley this month.

The event, dubbed 'Out of this World,' will see the town centre transformed into an immersive experience, with a series of displays around Paisley Abbey and the River Cart.

A council spokesman said: “We won’t be hosting a fireworks display in Paisley town centre this year. Given the nature of this event, the usual crowd size and the impact of ongoing coronavirus safety measures, it was unfeasible to plan and stage this for 2021.

“We are currently working with local businesses to organise festive activities in Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone across weekends and attract footfall to these town centres.

“We won’t have the three council-organised Christmas lights switch-on events but we’ve invested in spectacular Christmas lights which will be on display in towns and villages across Renfrewshire throughout the festive period.

“More details on the planned activities will follow soon.”