Pubwatch’s Jason Laurie, Michelle Purden, Mags McCann, Sgt Jeff Curran, PC Ryan White, Euan Tosh, Margaret Patterson, Alan Robertson and Jaqueline McCaig meet at Paisley’s Bankhouse bar.
Volunteers are being sought to keep town boozers free from troublemakers
A pub scheme that helps people in Paisley enjoy a top night out in safety is looking for new members to boost its ranks.
Paisley Pubwatch is chaired by Old Swan Inn landlady Jacqueline McCaig, who took over the role three months ago.
The aim is for pubs to work together and share information, improve safety, look at training options and help rid bars of persistent troublemakers.
Jacqueline, 36, has been working in pubs since she was 18 and is confident that, by working together, pub managers can offer more to people socialising in the town.
She told us: “Pubwatch is about creating a safe environment for our customers and passing on information so that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet.
“We can share information about people that are causing trouble.
“So, for example, if a crowd comes into my pub and causes trouble and we know they are heading to the Patter Bar, in Old Sneddon Street, I can alert them.
“I can phone the other bar or send them a direct message through a private Facebook page that we have set up for managers.
“We can warn other pubs what direction troublemakers are going in.
“For serious incidents, we would press for people to be barred from all Paisley pubs that are part of Pubwatch.”
Jacqueline has been running the Old Swan Inn, in Smithhills Street, for more than six years. She took the business over from her mum Lorraine Corrigan and says, over the years, they have tried to boost the pub’s reputation.
“I have been through hard times in the pub over the past 16 or so years.
“I have been there when it is difficult to pay the bills, so I would like to generate a bit of community spirit and positivity between the pubs and see us all helping each other get in with our businesses.
“I want us to come up with new ideas together to help generate business — not just for the pubs, but also for other local shops and businesses that are feeling the pinch.
“We are there to help people enjoy a safe night out and help publicans find out about free training and other benefits that are out there.
“So far, we have been sharing information about practical things like saving money on utility bills and I want all the pubs to work together.”
There are around 10 pubs involved, including The Bankhouse, in Gilmour Street, which has manager Jason Smith as Pubwatch vice chairman.
Town centre bars, as well as those on the outskirts, are welcome to contact Jacqueline to find out more by calling her on 0141 849 7121.
The next meeting takes place in the Patter Bar on Thursday, May 26, at 10.30am, and licensed cafes and restaurants are also welcome.
There are plans to host a meeting soon about plans for the town centre to gain Purple Flag Status.
Just as a Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good night out.
Obtaining a Purple Flag shows that a town’s night-time economy offers clean and safe environments, great bars and clubs, a variety of arts and cultural attractions and excellent transport links.
Story and photograph courtesy of Daily Record www.dailyrecord.co.uk