Restored bandstand is reopened

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A historic bandstand has been officially reopened after work was carried out to restore the 99-year-old structure.

A live music event is being held today (Sunday, September 9) to celebrate the end of major renovation works to the Castle Fields bandstand.

Wellingborough Council is hosting the event from 1pm to 5pm.

It is also part of a national bandstand marathon, which will see more than 500 bandstand performances take place all over the country.

The Castle Fields bandstand was built in 1913 for about £350. It hosted its first performance on Easter Sunday 1914, and quickly became a key feature in the community.

In recent years it suffered from vandalism and has been closed and shuttered since 2008. Work started last month to restore the structure, with the £75,000 specialist renovation project funded by money paid to the council from developers that have built houses and flats nearby. The project was completed this week.

Cllr Paul Bell, leader of Wellingborough Council, said: “There hasn’t been a performance at the Castle Fields bandstand for more than a decade, and it was a real shame when it had to be closed up because of vandalism. We’re very pleased with the way local community groups and schools have taken the bandstand to their hearts and we hope it’s that community spirit and protection that will stop any antisocial behaviour in the future now that the restoration is complete.

“The renovations have been really successful and brought the bandstand back to its former glory so that it can be enjoyed in the way it was when it was built nearly 100 years ago.”