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Windsor's new bandstand to be unveiled with free concert

Windsor's new bandstand to be unveiled with free concert

Tara O'Connor

Windsor's new bandstand to be unveiled with free concert

A free concert will officially unveil Windsor’s new bandstand.

The concert will take place on Sunday, September 20, when the bandstand is due to be completed.

The bandstand in Alexandra Gardens has been designed to celebrate the link between the Queen, the armed forces and Windsor in light of her becoming the longest reigning monarch.

The project is largely funded by the Community Covenant Grant Scheme and has been designed to replicate the park’s original Edwardian bandstand which was removed in the 1950s.

Cllr Claire Stretton, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “As well as celebrating the Queen’s reign and the borough’s links with the armed forces, it also helps us connect with our local history while providing a modern open air venue to enjoy the wide range of music genres available today.”

On Monday, Cllr Eileen Quick, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, visited the site before the finishing touches were added.

Jonathan Howe, landscape officer at the Royal Borough, said final touches will see it really take shape. The roof was due to be installed on Thursday.

He said: “It’s about a week's work to fix the soundboard ceiling which creates a natural speaker.

“In the next week it will be quite a big transformation.”

Other finishing touches include the brickwork, ornamental planting around the edges and tidying up the grass.

Commemorative steel artwork on the six sides of the bandstand will be installed next year. 

Each design will reflect an important event involving the army in each of the six decades of the Queen’s reign.

They will be researched and translated into design ideas through schools-based workshops.

The launch concert coincides with the start of Windsor Festival and will take place between 2-4.30pm.

There will be a range of music including the Windsor Sea Cadets, Windsor Boys’ School Swing Band and Quire Voices.

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