05:15PM, Monday 21 September 2015
Union Jacks were waving in Alexandra Gardens on Sunday as a lost piece of Windsor history was brought back to life.
Crowds packed into the gardens armed with picnics to enjoy a free concert to celebrate the official unveiling of a new bandstand.
After more than a year in the pipeline, the bandstand was ready for action as bands played to crowds throughout the afternoon.
Among those who took to the stage were the Windsor Military Wives Choir, the Band of the Household Cavalry and The Windsor Boys’ School Swing Band.
Around 15 eight to 11-year-olds from The Langley Academy also performed their piece, the Langley Hall Swing.
Brass teacher at the school, Allun Proom, said: “Some of the children have only been playing for two weeks, others have just been playing over a year so they are very new to this.
“This is by far the biggest crowd they have performed in front of. They did very well, it was lovely.”
The new bandstand has been designed to celebrate the special and long-standing links between the Queen, the armed forces and Windsor.
It also commemorates the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history.
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.
As part of the wider bandstand project, schoolchildren from across Windsor are working on commemorative artwork which will be installed on the bandstand in the spring.
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, officially declared the bandstand open.
She said: “This is a wonderful setting, we have the castle to your right, the beautiful River Thames behind us and this park is greatly enhanced by the lovely addition of this brand new bandstand.”
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