Edwardian bandstand in Darlington restored

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North Lodge Park bandstand
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The bandstand suffered vandal attacks

Celebrations are being planned to mark the restoration of an Edwardian bandstand in Darlington.

The 104-year-old bandstand, in the town's North Lodge Park, has undergone a £216,000 revamp after suffering years of neglect and vandalism.

The cash, which including a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £103,000, was raised over three years.

Darlington Council, which contributed £40,000, is to officially reopen the bandstand on 18 September.

Stephen Harker, Darlington Council's cabinet member for health and leisure, said: "Restoration of North Lodge Park's bandstand is a great achievement.

"The celebrations in the park are a great way to mark the occasion and a great opportunity to pass this history onto future generations."

The Grade II-listed bandstand is the centrepiece of the park, but was boarded up and out of use for many years.

The restoration work featured repairs to the roof and cast ironwork.

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