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  • Writer's pictureFraser Mitchell

6th of July 2024: Sma' Shot Day

The cottages will be open this Saturday to receive an expected rush of visitors for Paisley's famous Sma' Shot Day!

You can take a free tour (donations welcome) of the Sma' Shot Cottages between 12 and 4 and our tea room and shop will be open during those same hours.

Sma' Shot Day celebrates the triumph of Paisley's weavers in their fight for fair compensation. The dispute centered around the 'sma' shot' - a small cotton thread used to bind the colorful weft threads into the warps of Paisley's famous shawls. Although essential, this thread was invisible in the finished product, leading manufacturers (known as 'corks') to refuse payment for it. The weavers, forced to buy the thread themselves, fought back and eventually won their right to be paid for this vital work.

Schedule of Events

This year's Sma' Shot Day offers a full program of activities around Paisley:

The Sma' Shot Parade (12 noon):

Starting from Brodie Park, the parade will wind through Paisley town centre, led by the iconic Charleston Drum. It will feature local community groups, performers, and musicians, showcasing characters from the historic Paisley Fair.

Burning of the Cork (1:30 pm - 1:45 pm):

A traditional celebration of the weavers' victory over the manufacturers, the Burning of the Cork takes place at Abbey Close and Bridge Street.

Live Performances (12 pm - 4 pm):

Enjoy a variety of acts on the main stage, including PACE Youth Theatre's reenactment of the weavers' struggle, RockUs choir, and local musicians.

Family Activities (12 pm - 4 pm):

Face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts, and a sports day await younger visitors.

Sma' Shot Cottages Tours (12 pm - 4 pm):

Join us at the Sma' Shot Cottages and step back in time and explore the life of 18th and 19th-century weavers in our historic cottages.

Additional events include a Tea Dance, Poetry Slam, and various workshops throughout Paisley, see the full programme at



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