Tuesday, 11 August 2009


Everyone knew the songs in the "Oliver" medley. The woman next to me danced with her Spaniel and a tail wagged in time. Babies were bobbed high on shoulders and the invitation to clap along with one of the marches was taken like folks had been waiting for that very moment.

The newly restored bandstand, ready ahead of time has been a huge hit. I remember watching the structure being taken apart last Autumn and seeing the scaffolding holding an empty space once the pillars had been stacked ready to go to the foundry on a slow truck.

Back to the original 1880's colour scheme, with a lovely copper roof and the original bridge reaching out from the promenade, we've got our birdcage back. I guess it had been waiting for the sound of the trombones all that time.