Paisley will find out if it is to be named the next City of Culture today. 

The Renfrewshire town is the only Scottish location to make the final shortlist and the only town to get this far. Paisley’s bid will be considered alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

The announcement will be made in current City of Culture Hull during the BBC's The One Show on Thursday evening.

The competiton is held every four years and is credited with attracting major investment to former winners. 

Leaders of Paisley 2021 said the bid is part of a wider plan to "transform its future" by promoting a heritage and cultural story around its historic thread industry and the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern design.

While there is no monetary prize attached to the UK City of Culture title, previous winner Hull received more than £30 million in funding from the Government, Heritage Lottery Fund and other arts bodies, while tourism was substantially boosted in the area.

Competition judges visited the five 2021 candidates earlier this year.

Judging panel chair Phil Redmond said: "The appetite for using culture to bring about regeneration and to strengthen communities is clearly stronger than ever.

"Overall the panel thought that five cities' bids showed the potential to deliver a UK City of Culture 2021 programme. I want to thank all bidders for all their work."