Free concert to celebrate Hartlepool bandstand revamp

Hartlepool aims to strike up the band to celebrate the renovation of a much-loved park feature.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th November 2019, 4:28 pm
From left, George Stannard, Jane Rollo and Coun Sue Little at the bandstand.

The bandstand in Hartlepool’s Ward Jackson Park has undergone extensive restoration and people are invited to a brass band concert later this month to mark its new lease of life.

The popular Victorian feature has been cleaned, repainted and repointed and its shutters have been repaired in a £10,000 project jointly funded by the Friends of Ward Jackson Park and the Gus Robinson Foundation.

To celebrate the project’s completion, they have organised an hour-long free concert at the bandstand on Sunday, November 24, at 2pm, featuring Hartlepool Brass Band.

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Jane Rollo, chairman of the Friends of Ward Jackson Park – a group of volunteers who organise events to help attract people to the park - said: “The Friends of Ward Jackson Park are pleased that the bandstand has been repaired and redecorated and hope it will be used by a variety of musicians."

The Gus Robinson Foundation is a charity which supports young people and helps in the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or for individuals who because of their youth, advanced age, infirmity, disability, financial hardship or social or economic circumstances have need of such facilities.

George Stannard, a trustee of the charity, said: “The foundation was delighted to work with the friends on this project and it was very satisfying to use local contractors for the work who were all familiar with the bandstand and remembered when it was in regular use. We look forward to the bandstand entertaining people once again for years to come.”

Coun Sue Little, vice-chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “A very big thank you to the Friends of Ward Jackson Park and the Gus Robinson Foundation for restoring the bandstand. They have done a marvellous job and I look forward very much to the sound of music in the park once again, which I’m sure will bring pleasure to visitors of all ages.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Friends of Ward Jackson Park should contact Jane on 296949.