Double celebration for Wellingborough’s recently restored bandstand

The centenary of the bandstand earlier this year
The centenary of the bandstand earlier this year

A town’s recently restored bandstand will be at the heart of a double celebration taking place next month.

An open air carol concert is being held at Wellingborough’s Castle Fields park on Saturday, December 7.

The bandstand's centenary earlier this year

The bandstand's centenary earlier this year

During the event, organised by the local community group and Wellingborough Council, the park’s recently restored bandstand will also be honoured with the 2013 Wellingborough Civic Society award.

Carols in Castle Fields was the idea of the Castle Fields Community Group, which has worked with the council throughout the year to host a number of successful community events in the park.

Visitors will be able to join in traditional carols and gospel songs, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band and the Mill Road Baptist Church choir.

The carol concert is free and will be from 3pm to 5pm.

The music will be played out of the park’s 100-year-old bandstand and during the concert Wellingborough mayor, Cllr Graham Lawman, will accept the award from Wellingborough Civic Society.

The award is given out every year to schemes and projects which best meet the society’s aims of preserving, developing or improving the historical interest of the area.

This year the bandstand has been chosen following an extensive renovation project which restored the concrete structure to its former glory.

Cllr Lawman said: “The bandstand was built in 1913 and quickly became a key community feature in the park.

“After suffering vandalism it was closed and shuttered, but thanks to money paid to the council from local developers we were able to restore it and reopen it last year.

“Since then it has once again been taken to the hearts of the community and it’s wonderful to see it protected and used as it was meant to be used.

“It’s an honour that the restoration work and the importance of the bandstand has been recognised by the Civic Society, and it is fitting that the award will be presented during yet another community event in the park.”

Edeltraud Freund, chairman of the Castle Fields Community Group, said: “Ever since the bandstand was restored, our group has worked with the council to put on events to bring the community together and encourage people to use the park.

“The carol concert will be a fantastic way to round off the year and we’d love to see as many people there as possible.

“Bring a chair and a torch, wrap up warm, and join us in a really special community celebration.”

Carols in Castle Fields is open to anyone and is free to attend. Refreshments will be available.

The council is encouraging visitors to use nearby public car parks rather than parking on the roads surrounding the park.

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