Entertaining Brighouse at Christmas time

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I wonder how many readers can recall sitting out in the summer sun watching and listening to a brass band playing in the bandstand in Rydings Park.

In 1933 the Borough Council announced that it was to purchase the old bandstand in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens for £15. But additional costs amounting to £85 were necessary to pay for the trip to Harrogate, demolition of the old bandstand and then conveying it back to Brighouse. The Borough Council’s ‘Bandstand Committee’ appointed local businessman Lister Brook with the task.

The bandstand was finally up and ready for its band performance on April 30, 1933.

The bandstand served its purpose until 1944 when concerns were expressed about its condition. But, with war time financial restrictions it was decided that the best that could be done was to paint it.

By 1950 it was in such a poor state of repair, particularly the floor, demolition was inevitable and the Parks and Cemeteries Committee effectively confined it to the history books when declared unsafe and was demolished.

The halcyon days of sitting in the summer sun listening to a brass or military band concert in the Rydings Park were brought to and end. The additional reason for its demolition was that by this time the centre for Sunday band concerts was at Wellholme Park rather than this site.

In this photograph we have a 1950s view of the bandstand in Rydings Park and the small image is showing the bandstand as it was in Valley Gardens during the 1920s. This photograph is courtesy of the Friends of Valley Gardens for further information please look at www.friendsofvalleygardens.co.uk