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Paisley

Sally Magnusson visits the Scottish town of Paisley, home to a world-renowned sculptor who is creating a 'work of a lifetime', and a craft group whose colourful creation is set to go down in history. Plus inspirational hymns and traditional music from Paisley Abbey.

35 minutes

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Sun 20 Oct 2013 16:10

Factsheet for Sunday 20th October 2013

Paisley: Sally Magnusson visits the Scottish town that is home to a world-renowned sculptor who is creating a 'work of a lifetime' and a craft group whose colourful creation is set to go down in history. Plus inspirational hymns and traditional music from Paisley Abbey.

Interviewees

Alexander Stoddart

Alexander is one of Scotland’s most renowned sculptors. He is Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland and has made statues that can be seen in many Scottish towns and cities. He tells Sally about a commission to make a larger–than-life size sculpture of Jesus and the twelve Disciples for a private chapel.

He explains how he enters a trance like state when fashioning the models from which his sculptures will be made; the figures forming beneath his fingers without him being consciously aware of what he is making. He describes the process as being about inspiration rather than creativity.

 

STAR Project

The STAR Project is a Community organisation formed when representatives from several of Paisley churches decided to join forces to offer support to people in the North End of Paisley. The project supports individuals and their families with a wide range of services and activities.

We see a group workshop aimed at boosting people’s self-esteem and meet Grace who tells of her difficulties finding her feet when she moved to Paisley with her children. Her faith in God, and the support she received from the STAR project have helped her to get her life back on track.

 

Paisley Patter

Paisley Patter is a group of devoted to spreading a positive message about Paisley. They’ve created an embroidered panel – one of many that have been sewn in towns and cities throughout Scotland.  Since filming, the panels have been joined together to form “The Great Tapestry of Scotland” the longest tapestry in the world.

 

Performances

Steph McLeod

Steph tells Sally how Alcohol very nearly ruined his life. His drinking prevented him from completing his studies at Glasgow’s prestigious music college, the Conservatoire,  and eventually led to him sleeping rough.

He found himself in the Bethany Christian Centre, a shelter for homeless men with addiction problems.  While there he attended a talk about Christianity and felt a new connection to God.

He’s now a singer- songwriter and lives with his wife and family in Edinburgh.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterSally Magnusson
ProducerKaren Hannah
Series EditorDavid Taviner
Executive ProducerTommy Nagra

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