SLIDESHOW: Centenary celebration for renovated bandstand

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Crowds turned out to mark the centenary of the recently restored bandstand in Wellingborough’s Castle Fields park.

Wellingborough Council teamed up with the Castle Fields Community Group to organise a traditional concert to celebrate the historic occasion on Sunday.

Rushden Mission Band performing at the concert

Rushden Mission Band performing at the concert

The free event included music performed by Rushden Mission Band and some people went along in period costume to add an air of authenticity to the event.

Souvenir programmes were also available on the day.

The Castle Fields bandstand was built in 1913 for about £350.

It hosted its first performance on Easter Sunday, and quickly became a key feature in the community.

In more recent years it suffered from vandalism and was closed and shuttered in 2008.

Work took place last year to restore the structure, with the £75,000 specialist renovation project funded by money paid to the borough council from developers that built flats and houses nearby.

The bandstand reopened in September last year with a spectacular live music event in the park.

Following the re-opening, the Castle Fields Community Group was set up to encourage use of the park and the bandstand.

Nina Taylor, project co-ordinator from Wellingborough Council, said: “Prior to the restoration, there hadn’t been a performance at the bandstand for more than a decade and it was a real shame that vandalism forced it to close and effectively turned it into a derelict eyesore.

“The community was very keen for it to be used again and the renovation was really successful.

“We are delighted at how the community has taken ownership of the bandstand and we hope it’s that community spirit that will stop any anti-social behaviour in the future.

“We hope it will continue to be enjoyed, for the benefit of everyone, in the same way it was when it was built 100 years ago.”