We’re taking a look back at what was happening across Renfrewshire this time 10 years ago.

We have dived into the extensive archives here at the Gazette and had a look at Wednesday, January 22, to find and share some of the content that we covered then.

Do you recognise or remember these stories?

1. Rally rolls into town The Gazette:

Renfrewshire prepared the red carpet for some very special visitors when one of world motorsport’s most glamorous events came into town.

Up to 100 classic cars from through the decades — including vintage Porsches, Jaguars and Mini Coopers — assembled outside Paisley Abbey for the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally in 2014.

Thousands turned out for the event, which saw live entertainment throughout the afternoon before the cars started to depart for France at 6pm that evening. 

Were you there?

2. Community group get growing for the future

The Gazette:

The Gazette:

Villagers mucked together to plant trees across Kilbarchan as part of a community project.

Scouts, councillors and the local community joined forces with the Grow Kilbarchan group to plant a mixture of apple, plum and pear trees around the village.

The group were awarded a £370 grant from the Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme to cover the cost of the trees and training, with Local Energy Action Project providing the shortfall and making the project possible.

3. Retired Renfrew teacher blessed with a long career 

The Gazette:

A Renfrew teacher retired with a papal blessing after a stunning 39-year career.

Mrs Kathleen Gallacher had taught at both St James’ Primary in Renfrew and St James’ Primary in Paisley.

The 60-year-old also continued her own studies outside her work, becoming a chartered teacher in July 2006 and obtaining a Masters in Education in November 2006.

4. Talented Kilmacolm tennis player 

The Gazette:

Throwback to when a talented tennis player from Kilmacolm earned her place on a prestigious sports programme.

The, then, up-and-coming junior player Julia Lauren Smith had been highlighted as one of the brightest talents in the country after being included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s(LTA) Aegon FutureStars programme.

The young star earned her place following a successful year on the court and received added support from the LTA.

She had also been included as part of the 2014 intake of players and was part of a group of 424 top juniors from around the country who all received varying levels of funding and support from the LTA

5. Songwriter returns to his roots for tour

The Gazette:

Ten years ago, a musician returned to his hometown for the first time in 10 years for his UK tour.

Having spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Barrhead, singer-songwriter Jimmy Livingstone packed out the Old Kilbarchan Library as he sang songs from his debut music album.

Described as a modern-day Glen Campbell crossed with Richard Hawley, Jimmy was eager to relive his childhood memories and showcase his talents to the people of Renfrewshire.

And it was particularly poignant for the former theatre actor, whose father Ron McKechnie — originally of Paisley — sadly passed away a year earlier in 2013.

6. Houston boys put through their paces at Marine training course

The Gazette:

The Gazette:

Two members of 1st Houston Boys’ Brigade were pushed to the limit when they took part in a gruelling five-day Royal Marines training course.

Josh Telfer and Conor McHarg completed the intensive ‘Look @ Life’ course, at the Commando Training centre at Lympstone, Devon, which offered an insight into life in the Royal Marines.

Each of The Boys ’Brigade members took part in endurance and physical fitness tests as well as survival training; similar to the training given to potential Royal Marine recruits.