Paisley’s iconic Town Hall has now officially closed its doors so that it can undergo a £22million internal refurbishment, reopening again in 2021.
The town hall has been the social heart of Paisley since opening in 1882, hosting countless meetings, tea dances, social gatherings, conferences, events, festivals and concerts.
The historic venue gave Paolo Nutini his big break, hosted some of Gerry Rafferty’s earliest shows and provided the setting for Cuttin’ A Rug, John Byrne’s follow-up to The Slab Boys.
Construction on the historic building, which was originally designed by Belfast architect W H Lynn, began in 1879 after George A. Clark, a member of Paisley’s famous thread family, left £20,000 for its creation in his will. A statue commemorating Clark and his contribution to Paisley now stands outside the famous venue.
The £22 million refurbishment will transform the facility, creating a social hub, conference and events venue fit for the 21st century.
Here at Paisley.is, our fondest memories of the town hall have always been as a proud host to our many events. In the last 12 months alone, Paisley Town Hall has hosted Motown legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, hundreds of young witches and ghouls, a world-class selection of ales as well as Santa Claus himself.
We’re already looking forward to seeing the building’s transformation when it reopens in 2021. Until then, take a look through the picture gallery at the top packed with our favourite town hall moments.