Rose arbour unveiled in Rushden Hall Park

Mayoress Barbara Jenney, Mayor David Jenney, Clive Wood, Sarah Peacock and Tip Warner
Mayoress Barbara Jenney, Mayor David Jenney, Clive Wood, Sarah Peacock and Tip Warner

The latest addition to a town centre park has been unveiled by councillors.

A rose arbour, marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne and the Olympics in 2012, now stands in Rushden Hall Park.

The structure includes features from the bandstand given to the town by shoe manufacturer John White in 1935.

That bandstand was burned to the ground by vandals in 1997.

Town council leader Sarah Peacock said she was delighted with the new installation.

She said: “We wanted to mark the Diamond Jubilee. We asked various people and the bandstand came into play (so) we came up with this idea.

“To celebrate the things that happened in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year there’s a lovely crown on the top part and the original weather vane from the John White bandstand. There are also the Olympic rings – we have tried to build as many things into it as possible.

“It looks superb. Orginally we thought it looked enormous, but in the park, in proportion, it looks beautiful.

“The bandstand stood for 60 years, and hopefully this, being a steel structure, will stand for more.”

Cllr Clive Wood drew up an artist’s impression before blacksmith Tip Warner built the arbour. Cllr Wood was invited to unveil the structure.

Members of the Rushden town brass band played at the unveiling last Sunday.