Paisley historian Les Fernie is on a mission to keep the town’s heritage alive ... and he’s made a wish for a welcome funding boost.
Les, who runs the Walking Tours on Wheels events, has signed up to the Paisley Daily Express Wish Campaign and hopes to get a slice of our £10,000 cashpot to help fund themed tours and buy some new additions to his eclectic wardrobe of costumes.
He said: “For our Valentine’s Day themed walk last year, we managed to borrow a giant heart outfit from the British Heart Foundation shop but it would be better if we could buy our own equipment.
“Hopefully, the Wish campaign will help me to purchase new outfits for upcoming events this year.”
This year’s Valentine tour takes place on Saturday, February 9, with the group meeting at the YMCA offices in Paisley town centre at 11am, before making their way up the High Street to Coats Memorial Church, which has been the romantic venue for many weddings.
Other landmarks covered by the tour include Castlehead Cemetery, where the grave of Paisley poet Robert Tannahill is located.
Les said: “The tours are about promoting the town and its famous buildings and landmarks. They’ve been a great success.”
Having managed to buy his own heart costume online, history buff Les also hopes to spread the love further with his ‘heart for hire’ venture, where he can turn up at birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weddings or even marriage proposals to give the occasion that extra novelty value.
For more information about the heart offer, or to buy tickets for Saturday’s Valentine tour, which are priced at £5, pop into the YMCA offices or call Les on 0794 178 4932.
● Today is your last chance to make a Wish – and grab a slice of our £10,000 fund.
The Express is giving away shares from the cashpot to dozens of local groups, organisations and schools across Renfrewshire.
To be in with a chance of getting your share, you MUST register by 5pm today.
Once registered, groups can then start collecting Wish tokens that will appear in the Express from Monday, February 18.
The more you collect, the bigger the share of the £10,000 you’ll receive.
Express editor John Hutcheson said: “No group is too big or too small and there are no hidden catches here.
“Don’t delay – get your application in today.”
To apply, call the Express on 0141 887 7911 or visit the website at www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/wish
You can also fill in an application form at the YMCA offices, 39 High Street, Paisley.