A much-loved Paisley charity is having to search for a new home after being forced out of its fire-damaged building for almost a year.

Loud n Proud Productions has nowhere to go after finding out it will not be able to get back into the Paisley YMCA building for nine months.

Firebugs torched Woodside House on William Street in February, and the damage is set to take months to fix.

Loud n Proud, which is run by Paisley man Tommy McGrory and his son Jamie, uses a space in the building.

Thankfully, none of their equipment was damaged in the blaze.

However, Tommy and his team now have just weeks to find somewhere else to work and are being forced to leave thousands of pounds of state-of-the-art renovations behind.

Tommy said: “It is a bit of a scunner.

“It has taken us two years to save enough money to build the place up like that.

“It’s not something we can pack up and take with us, so we need to leave it all behind.

“We opened up last year and then had to shut due to the pandemic.

“And then, as soon as we get started up again, this happens and now we’re back to square one.

“It’s a bit of a rubbish situation we’re in, to be honest.

“We have about three weeks to get somewhere else and everything stops after that until we get somewhere.”

He added: “There has been a lot of smoke damage, but none of our studios were damaged by the fire, thankfully.

“But we are still in a position where we don’t have anywhere to go.”

Loud n Proud helps youngsters develop life skills while learning to play instruments and works within the community to use music to help support and enhance the lives of people in need.

The organisation works with other charities and groups to give children the opportunity to explore music and aims to combat issues such as anti-social behaviour such as youth disorder, drug use and underage drinking.

Just this year, it was awarded £27,000 from the Scottish Government to help it continue the work it has been doing in the community for over 20 years.

However, Tommy is now having to hunt for a new space to keep them going until they can get back into the YMCA building.

He added: “Just now we are doing things in Brick Lane, but we need another space.

“It’s difficult as it can’t just be anywhere as we are doing loud activities so we need somewhere that’s appropriate.

“We’ve had to halt a lot of things just now, but we are on the lookout for a low-cost space to tide us over for the next nine months.”