Crowds flock to Page Park Celebration

HUNDREDS of people turned up to celebrate the opening of Page Park’s restored grand bandstand.

Mums, dads, grandparents, children and teenagers came together to watch the opening ceremony of the transformed landmark and enjoy a day of music and entertainment.

The cutting of the ribbon was performed by relatives of local benefactor Alderman Arthur William Page who gave the park to the public in 1910.

Beryl Page, the wife of the grandson of Arthur Page, and her children, Peter and Clare Page, were all in attendance to declare the bandstand officially open.

Numerous local performers then took to the stage to showcase their talents and ensure visitors had a good time.

Other entertainment included Punch and Judy shows, fun rides, stalls and face painting.

Children also took part in activities run by Wild4Life, a South Gloucestershire Council project which aims to bring people closer to nature.

The bandstand was built in 1927 but over the years it had fallen into a state of disrepair.

The Friends of Page Park, which was set up in 1999 to develop and protect the 19-acre open space, received a substantial donation from Henry John Page, the grandson of Arthur William Page, to enable them to draw up plans to restore the bandstand.

They were successful in securing three grants which enabled them to reach their target of £90,000 to start work.

Peter Page said: “We are grateful to the Friends of Page Park in what they have achieved, not just in facilitating this restoration project but also in their efforts in supporting the feeling of community involvement and ownership of the park.”  

Stephanie Purser, vice chairwoman of Friends of Page Park, said: “It was lovely to have the Page family there to open the bandstand.

“Lots of people said how they enjoyed it and that it felt like a community event. There were families picnicking, children playing, workshops going on, magic shows and Punch and Judy and that’s what it’s all about – bringing people together.

“The possibilities are endless - we could have theatre groups performing, choirs, a carol service at Christmas, we could do anything.”

Staple Hill councillor Ian Boulton said: “It was a wonderful celebration of the renovation of the bandstand.

“To be able to have a programme of events throughout the summer which brings the community together is going to be a real asset to Staple Hill. The idea of Sunday concerts where everyone takes their deckchairs to the park is really exciting.”

The first planned event at the bandstand is a jazz afternoon on June 15 featuring Cass Caswell Allstars and vocalist Naomi. It will run from 2-5pm.

People can hire out the bandstand to host their own events. To find out more call South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 868686 and ask for the Community Spaces department.

To find out more about Page Park, visit www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk

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