Bowie’s Beckenham bandstand to be restored to Victorian glory

PUBLISHED: 10:52 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:52 04 November 2013

David Bowie playing at the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreational Ground.

David Bowie playing at the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreational Ground.


A Beckenham bandstand where David Bowie once played is set to be restored by a local community group.

The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground will outline their plans at their annual general meeting next week, hoping to see the Victorian structure returned to its former glory.

A tribute event, dedicated to Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Laboratory he co-founded, was held last month at the recreation ground and raised more than £7,000.

Chris Phillips, chairman of The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground, said: “The response to our bandstand appeal has been fantastic but there is much work to be done and we want to see this through to completion.

“We welcome ideas to secure the future of the bandstand and improve other aspects of the recreation ground including a new paddling pool. Residents are welcome to listen and participate, and if they would like to join our group, that would be fantastic.”

The bandstand was opened in 1891 by Tom Thornton, owner and editor of the Beckenham Journal. It has since witnessed countless civic and royal ceremonies, including the return of Harold Bride - the junior wireless officer on the Titanic.

Anyone wishing to share memories of the bandstand or get involved with the restoration project can attend the meeting at Azelia Hall, in Croydon Road, on November 13 from 8pm.

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