|Where:||Paisley, Renfrewshire starting at the Brodie Park and ending at Abbey Close|
|When:||1st Saturday in July|
|Time:||12 noon until 5pm burning|
Sma’ Shot was the name given to the thread used by the makers of Paisley shawls to bind the colourful weft threads together and was the cause of an industrial dispute when the factory owners and overseers refused to pay for it. The shawl weavers could ill afford to pay for the thread themselves and after a prolonged dispute they won their case over the “corks” as the manufacturers were know locally. The first Saturday in July was an established weavers holiday and in 1856 it was renamed Sma’ Shot Day to commemorate the victory of the workers. Today the parade follows a route from Brodie Park around the streets of the town to Abbey Close to the beat of the Charleston Drum, the traditional accompaniment used to summon the weavers in troubled times, with an effigy of a Cork leading the procession. Street theatre, food & drink and entertainments follow and at the end of the day, the Cork is ceremonially burned!
In 2017 it will be on Saturday July 1st.
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Photo by Paisley Scotland.
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