Music, dancing and didgeridoos

Watford’s bandstand comes home

Published: Monday, 5th September 2016

Hundreds of people gathered in Cassiobury Park on Sunday 4 September, to celebrate the restoration of the town’s 100-year-old bandstand.

The revamp was paid for by the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds, and lead by Watford Borough Council. Now the structure is back on the spot where it was originally built in 1912, and hosted Watford Town Brass Band, a steel band and a jive swing/rockabilly band, finishing with a folk band – all on one afternoon.

Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill opened the bandstand, saying “People have always told me how precious our parks and open spaces are – that’s why we’ve set about improving them, creating areas where communities can come together and enjoy themselves, as you’re all doing today.“

It wasn’t just the professionals playing music on the bandstand – all afternoon children were busy making their own didgeridoos out of scrap at the nearby, newly-re-opened,  Café Cha. People came from all over Watford – and many from further away. A ninety-one-year-old woman had travelled from north London to see the Jazz Jive Swing dancers, who managed to persuade the Chairman of Watford Council, Darren Walford, to attempt his first ever Charleston.

This coming Sunday (18 September) the Tony Oliver Jazz Band will perform from 2pm-4pm. The bandstand is open to community groups to book – just email, and keep an eye on, or Watford Council’s Facebook or Twitter pages for more details.

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