The lives of Paisley’s famous mill lasses are to be retold on stage. PACE Theatre Company has been awarded £18,500 to produce a play...

The lives of Paisley’s famous mill lasses are to be retold on stage.

PACE Theatre Company has been awarded £18,500 to produce a play and exhibition telling the story of the town’s famous textile industry.

Youngsters from PACE will work with retired mill workers and their families, documenting their stories to build up a realistic picture of the job.

David Wallace, PACE artistic director, is looking forward to tapping into the area’s rich history.

He told the local news paper the Paisley Daily Express: “The mills are such an important part of our past.

“They were amazing places. They were tough but the folks who worked there managed to create a real community.

“Spirit like that is rarely found in the workplaces of today.

“These people socialised with each other. They were pals, they married, and even generations of the same family worked in them.”

The cash is being provided from Renfrewshire Council’s heritage strategy pot.

The group will work with a professional writer on the story and will also put on a visual art exhibition, featuring photographs and essays based on tales from the mills.

A DVD will also be produced.