Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce is giving a donation of £1,250 towards the Save Coats Memorial Campaign. An official campaign was launched at the beginning of February which aims to raise £1.5 million in 100 days in an attempt to breathe new life into the 125-year-old Gothic church in the heart of Paisley.
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce CEO, Bob Grant, commented: “On behalf of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce we are delighted to be able to contribute towards this highly worthwhile cause. Coats Memorial plays a significant and deep-rooted role in Paisley’s history and it is clear that this campaign will have a fundamental economic and positive social impact on transforming this incredible landmark, alongside the £100m investment that is due to take place in transforming Paisley town centre over the coming years.”
As plans for the new venue are unveiled it is suggested that this would include the construction of a new single story booking office, a car park which would provide up to 30 car parking spaces, a detachable performance stage, theatre seating which would accommodate theatre events, functions and banquets, audio/visual rigs for an impressive surround sound cinematic experience and a 400kg lift to provide disabled access between the church level and the ballroom.
Ian Henderson, Chair of the Coats Memorial Steering Group said: “I am also thrilled to announce that Coats Memorial will be home to the Tapestry of Renfrewshire for the duration of our campaign. And if we meet our fundraising target, it will take up permanent residency here so that people from across Scotland and the rest of the world can appreciate it in all its glory in a worthy setting.”
For more information on the plans and performances for this impressive venue visit www.100daystosavecoatsmemorial.com
Caps: Ian Henderson (L) Chair Save Coats Memorial with Chamber President Tom Johnston.