It was 25 years ago that the people of Ferguslie Park received a royal visit that went down in the history books.
There was a buzz of excitement in the community as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were due to arrive to celebrate the opening of the Tannahill Centre.
Security with sniffer dogs filled the streets surrounding the newly-built hub ahead of their arrival, with people lining the streets in their best clothes hoping to catch a glimpse of the royals.
The royal couple spent the day at the newly-opened centre, which was destined to become the vital community hub it still is today, and watched as children entertained them with a show about Paisley.
Ferguslie resident Magi McCulloch, 60, who is on the committee at the Tannahill Centre and helped bring the designs of the building to life, remembers the historic day.
She said: “It was so exciting. It’s not every day that the royal family comes to Paisley.
“People still talk about it. It was fantastic. There was such a buzz and everyone was out dressed in their best outfits hoping to see them.
“Security were buzzing about with sniffer dogs all morning and it was fascinating to see.
“When they came to the Tannahill Centre, the kids were performing a play for them and I remember them watching it and laughing.
“They were fantastic and really engaged with so many people when they were here.
“The opening of the Tannahill Centre was such a big event in the area at the time as it was the first centre of its kind and so much time and effort had gone into the planning of it for the community.”
But her visit was not all about celebrating the opening of the Tannahill Centre.
The Queen also took time to speak to residents in the area who were affected by some of the worst flooding in the history of Paisley.
In 1994, Ferguslie Park was devastated by horrendous flooding that left hundreds of homes completely destroyed.
The Tannahill Centre project was thrown into jeopardy, as materials paid for to complete the building were left ruined.
Residents were also rescued from their homes by boat as the water level was so high.
The plight of the people affected made the national news, and more than 100 residents were forced to leave their homes.
And so began an extensive rebuild of the district in Paisley, leaving those whose properties were damaged unable to return for more than a year.
The struggles of Ferguslie Park residents prompted the Queen and Prince Philip to meet with residents and also to see the work that had been completed to repair the devastating damage.
Magi added: “The flooding was terrible.
“It was some of the worst flooding Paisley had ever seen. The culverts were blocked and the weather was terrible and the burns all overflowed.”
“I always remember seeing an image of a caravan parked outside someone’s home and two thirds of it was submerged in water. That is how bad the flooding was.
“The Tannahill Centre was being built at the time and I remember seeing the brand new coloured doors that had been bought floating away.
“People had to be rescued from there homes by boat.”
Magi also remembers residents spending weeks living in a community centre before they were able to have somewhere to stay.
She added: “Folk spent weeks living in the Apex Centre, which was a huge community centre as they had to wait until there homes dried out.
“Other people had to be decanted into whatever council houses were available as their homes were so damaged by the water.
“Shops donated furniture to help people get back into their houses.
“It really brought out a great sense of community.
Paisley woman Magi also says the community banding together to support one another during the flooding is similar to what she has witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said: “It us a similar feeling of people wanting to help one another.
“The floods really brought out the best in people as everyone wanted to help one another and that is what I have seen recently.
“Ferguslie Park has always been a great place for community spirit, especially when it’s needed most.”