Tune-up for iconic bandstand

Work being carried out to renovate St Annes Bandstand.
Work being carried out to renovate St Annes Bandstand.

WORK is underway in on refurbishing the bandstand and a number of other iconic Grade Two-listed structures on St Annes seafront.

It’s all part of a two-month project costing £45,000 to restore the structures – including the drinking fountain close to the swimming pool and shelters on the promenade as well as the neighbouring sensory gardens – to their best in advance of the Open Golf Championship coming to Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club next summer.

The regeneration work was always scheduled to start this month but is also taking the form of essential maintenance after strong winds earlier this year blew part of the felt roof off the bandstand.

As well as repainting metalwork, including restoring the drinking fountain to its traditional green and white colours, Fylde Council contractors are reroofing the bandstand.

A council spokesman said: “The bandstand will be reroofed and refurbished to its historic splendour in readiness for next season.

“We’ll be taking the metalwork right back to bare metal so we can do a thorough job that should last for years to come. We’re taking the opportunity to also repaint a number of other structures on the Promenade at the same time.”

The improvements to the historic seafront structures are part of the council’s ‘2012 projects’ aimed at enhancing the visitor experience during the Open Golf while also bringing lasting benefit to the area.

The bandstand and shelters date back to the late 19th century when they were built in cast iron forged by the prestigious Saracen foundry of Glasgow.