Buy a brick and leave personalised message at Bowie’s Bandstand in Beckenham

PUBLISHED: 10:29 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:41 16 March 2016

The bandstand at the recreation ground

The bandstand at the recreation ground


David Bowie played the bandstand at Croydon Road Recreation Ground in 1969

Fundraising has started to continue the restoration of the bandstand where David Bowie once famously played in Beckenham.

The Bowie Bandstand, once restored, is aiming to become a tribute to the legendary musician, who was brought up in Bromley and lived in Beckenham during the 60s and early 70s.

As part of the fundraising, Bromley Council is working with the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground and other local partners to restore the iconic landmark.

Bowie, who died in January this year, wrote a song in honour of his performance as part of the Beckenham Arts Lab movement, called Memory of a Free Festival.

Supporters can buy a personalised brick around the bandstand, which can carry any message, whether it is remembering the music legend, or commemorating a loved one.

The bricks will form a circular pathway around the structure and expand the performing space.

Each brick will cost £100, with the proceeds going towards the restoration and enjoyment of the bandstand.

Councillor Colin Smith, executive councillor for environment said: “There is a public appetite for a permanent memorial to the legend and memory of David Bowie locally, and we believe that restoring ‘The Bowie Bandstand’ would be a highly fitting tribute.

“Working in close partnership with the Friends of Bec Rec at all times, we have been increasingly encouraged from the responses now coming back, that this project is ever more feasible, with several dozen people already donating their own money to the cause.”

Fundraising for the bandstand was boosted earlier this year, when the Heritage Lottery Fund announced it would consider a second application for funding to restore the Victorian stand.

The council is also accepting cash donations, and bricks can be purchased in person at the civic centre, in Stockwell Close, Bromley.

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