Park’s bandstand to come alive with musicians

The bandstand at Northumberland Park, which will be welcoming musicians soon.
The bandstand at Northumberland Park, which will be welcoming musicians soon.

A quaint bandstand in a borough green haven could soon be filled with the sound of musicians.

Northumberland Park, situated between Tynemouth and North Shields, re-opened earlier this year after a multi-million pound revamp by North Tyneside Council.

Live music will really bring the bandstand to life, as well as being a great platform for local musicians.

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure

Now bosses are inviting musicians to take part in forthcoming ‘Sunday Sessions’ at Victorian-style bandstand, featuring 30-minute slots.

Anyone interested should contact park wardens Fiona Betts on 07976 307378 or Jimmy Oliver on 07582 225859.

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure, said: “Live music will really bring the bandstand to life, as well as being a great platform for local musicians.”

“With the arrival of spring and as the improvement work nears completion, Northumberland Park is starting to look really fantastic and we’re receiving great feedback from visitors.

“The park is very much open and we’d encourage families to come and explore its woodland paths, gardens, picturesque pond and Victorian features over the Easter break.

“The summer will also see the tearoom opening and visitors will be able to enjoy an ice-cream on its veranda while watching performances in the bandstand.”

Work in the park has also included an archaeological dig, which found the outline of a medieval hospital; restoring or replicating lost Victorian features; improvements to the bowling green and general planting and landscaping.

A tearoom and education centre has also been built, as well as improvements to the children’s playpark and the creation of a BMX Pump Track, all due to open during the summer.

All the improvements will be celebrated at a family event on August 8, 2015, to coincide with the 130 year anniversary of the original opening of Northumberland Park.