Strike up the band
People across the District are being invited to celebrate the opening of Carr Bank Park's brand new bandstand with ice-creams, music and children's entertainment this Sunday (13 May).
Between 3pm and 6.30pm, people are invited to bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy the cheerful sounds of Blidworth Colliery Brass Band and Pleasley Colliery Brass Band. Mansfield-based blues band TTL Overdrive will also be performing as well as local singer Jess Allman who will be joined by Sean Hallam on guitar. There will be a Punch and Judy show, magic show and clown to keep the entire family entertained.
The new Edwardian-style bandstand will be used not only for traditional brass band and musical performances but for drama performances and more contemporary musical acts in the future.
Early maps of the park show that a bandstand used to exist in the park between 1919 and 1956. The only evidence of its existence is a hard stand, which is the current location for the war memorial.
The new site for the bandstand is centrally located within the park, acting as a central focal point for visitors.
The 8.5m octagonal bandstand and associated groundwork cost £183,000 and has been funded by section 106 monies from developments nearby.
Executive Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton will be officially opening the bandstand at 3pm, ahead of the entertainment. He said: "Opening the new band stand at Carr Bank Park will be a true honour and I'd encourage everyone to come along and celebrate this fantastic new attraction in our District."
Local ward councillor Christine Smith, who has actively pursued the installation of a bandstand on Carr Bank Park, added: "People have been promoting a bandstand on the park for some years, as they remember the events which used to take place and they enjoyed. I am delighted Carr Bank Park will be once again graced by this wonderful structure."
Parking is available at the Catholic Club/church on Windmill Lane and the Brunts school car park. Please note the car parks will be closed at 7pm, so anyone parked in these areas will need to be away by this time.