Official re-opening for Wicksteed Park pavilion

Gemma Stanhope (business manager) and Oliver Wicksteed prepare to cut the ribbon
Gemma Stanhope (business manager) and Oliver Wicksteed prepare to cut the ribbon

Wicksteed Park pavilion has undergone a £200,000 revamp to bring back its 1920s splendour.

The pavilion, built in 1923, has been officially re-opened after undergoing the six-week renovation project.

Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, said the aim of the revamp was to bring back some of the 1920s splendour to the building.

As well as having a new carpet fitted, the new pavilion has had its original ceiling roses restored and the side of the building facing the park, which was boarded up about a decade ago, has been uncovered.

Gemma Stanhope, the pavilion business manager, said most of the work was carried out by the park’s own maintenance staff.

She added: “The pavilion was looking a bit tired and was in need of a bit of TLC.

“This year is the building’s 90th anniversary and combined with the fact that the pavilion is getting busier and busier for weddings, it seemed like an ideal time to do the work.”

Oliver Wicksteed said he was very pleased with the work, which recognised the building’s heritage with a modern twist.

He added: “We have LED lights throughout which would have seemed like a marvel to Charles Wicksteed – but he would approve because he was an innovator.”

The project to improve the pavilion is part of a series of work which will see £2 million spent on Wicksteed Park. Part of the money for the improvement work is from the National Lottery. Mr Wicksteed said it was the first time the park had ever received grant money for improvements.