PAISLEY's refurbished Town Hall officially reopened last week with a "unique" musical celebration.

The much-loved landmark, which has been turned into one of the "finest" entertainment venues in Scotland, held its first performance on Friday, September 29, following a five-year transformation.

The performance was a community-led showcase inspired by the restored chimes in the building's clock tower.

The Gazette:

Guests enjoyed performances from singer-songwriter Carol Laula and Tom Urie, and from musician Deborah Shaw, alongside community performers who took part in the Chimes Project - Art Boss Young Producers, Gateway Service, Sewing2gether All Nations, Shortroods Out of School Care, and Rockus Community Choir.

On top of that, there was also a showcase of the town's theatrical talent.

The event was also the first chance for residents to enjoy the sounds of the newly restored carillon - which means the town hall chimes can now be programmed to play a range of tunes.

The Gazette:

Provost Cameron said: "As a proud Paisley Buddie myself, I am thrilled to see the town hall back in use, and it was an honour to be able to mark that occasion on behalf of the people of Renfrewshire.

"Local residents will all have their own special memories of the building from years gone by - the work done to it not only keeps that alive but means future generations can do the same.

"The performance was the perfect way to show that off. We have put investment in culture and heritage at the heart of our wider work to change the area's future - and this event showcased the wonderful talent that exists among Renfrewshire's thriving creative community."

The event was programmed by the art team at OneRen.

The Gazette:

Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of OneRen said: "Paisley Town Hall has been the centrepiece of life in the town for more than 140 years and the work done here will keep it there for many more.

"The transformation of the building has been incredible - the town hall has been turned into a 21st-century facility while retaining the 19th-century architectural features people know and love.

"The town hall will be Paisley's big stage, home to a year-round programme of events and performances in the town hall which will help drive new footfall to the town, day and night."

Last week's performance was staged to test out the operation of the building ahead of the first public events taking place over the coming weeks.