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Edwardian bandstand in Darlington restored

North Lodge Park bandstand
Image caption 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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