Wicksteed working on ambitious pavilion project

Wicksteed Pavilion manager Gemma Stanhope oversees the refurbishment of the building
Wicksteed Pavilion manager Gemma Stanhope oversees the refurbishment of the building

An Edwardian pavilion visited by thousands is being restored to its 1920s glory to mark its 90th anniversary.

The pavilion, which lies at the heart of Wicksteed Park, was opened by Charles Wicksteed in 1923 as part of his vision to create the UK’s first public park and leisure facility.

It is now to undergo a refurbishment in response to increased demand as a weddings, conference and events venue.

The work, due to be completed by mid-March, will restore original Edwardian features – including the clock tower donated by the clubmen of Kettering in 1921.

Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust and Charles Wicksteed’s great grandson, is delighted with the move to mark the anniversary.

He said: “As with all buildings which serve a multitude of purposes, some adaptations have been made which meant visitors haven’t been able to fully appreciate what a unique, treasured and elegant old building we have here.”