Lions were on the loose all across Renfrewshire on Friday, 21st of October, as the ‘Pride of Paisley’ public art project came to a close.
The 25 colourful lions were auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.
Paisley Love Buddie was the most sought after lion fetching a magnificent £6500.
The extremely popular public art trail was brought to the town centre by business regeneration group Paisley First as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
Inspired by Paisley Museum’s famous ‘Buddy the Lion’, each lion featured a different aspect of Paisley’s unique culture and heritage.
They’ve been the ‘mane’ attraction in the town centre over the past ten weeks which has seen an estimated 20,000 visitors following the trail around the town.
Alongside the 25 full-size lions, 40 mini lions have been spread around the area with the aim of attracting visitors into shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First Manager, said: ““The Pride of Paisley has been an enormous success for Paisley First and demonstrates what we can achieve through our business improvement district over the next four years.
“The project increased footfall and brought new visitors into the town who have went on to spend in local shops, restaurants, and cafes. We are currently working on next year’s summer projects which I am sure will be as good, if not better than this year.”
We had a fantastic time at the start of July when all the lions were together in the same room before going out onto the streets of Paisley. Thank you to the lovely people at PACE Theatre Company for performing on the night.