A little bit of Kirkintilloch in the south of England

Picture courtesy of www.andycahill.com
Picture courtesy of www.andycahill.com

The inhabitants of a Dorset town are marking the 75th anniverary of a landmark built in Kirkintilloch.

Local historians in Christchurch have been researching the history of the Christchurch Bandstand - which was officially opened on Friday, June 25, 1938 by the town’s mayor.

The creation of the ornate structure was originally mooted in 1934 but the town council were unable to find the money until a mystery benefactor stumped up the cash to celebrate the coronation of George VI in 1937.

The £300 - around £17,000 in today’s money - was used to instruct the Lion Foundry, in Kirkintilloch, to make the bandstand, which was then transported to its new home in the town’s Quomps Recreation Ground.

More on this story in next week’s Kirkintilloch Herald.

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