Haworth bandstand returns after 40-year gap

Keighley News: Haworth Parish Council chairman, Councillor John Huxley, left, is joined by fellow members and Friends officials as work begins on the Central Park bandstand in the village Haworth Parish Council chairman, Councillor John Huxley, left, is joined by fellow members and Friends officials as work begins on the Central Park bandstand in the village

Haworth’s 40-year wait for a new bandstand in Central Park is finally over.

The structure has been installed after a campaign to replace the original. A programme of entertainment has already been put together.

The original bandstand was removed in the early 1970s for refurbishment and never returned.

Working with Bradford parks and landscapes department, a Friends of Haworth Park group was formed, which took up the challenge to replace the bandstand, alongside Haworth Village Trust.

Friends group chairman Gillian Hill said: “I’d like to say thank you to the many generous people and organisations who’ve made this possible.

“The new design, manufactured by Andy Thornton of Elland, has no supporting posts at the front. So as well as music, it can be used for a wide range of other performances.

“A £10,000 grant from our district councillors helped put the base in place and further grants from Bradford Council secured the new design and planning permission.

“A generous contribution also came from a Military Community Covenant grant, which recognised the good work by Haworth people in supporting our armed service personnel and their families.”

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