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Crawley bandstand set to re-open with performance from local band

The Crawley Millennium Concert Band will play on the bandstand from 1-3pm for the re-opening on Saturday.

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After being moved from Queens Square to make way for the regeneration works in 2016, locals have long been awaiting the comeback of the town’s Victorian bandstand.

It now looks as though that wait is over as the bandstand will be reopened on Saturday (16 June) with a performance from the Crawley Millennium Concert Band.

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The bandstand, which has been relocated to the Memorial Gardens, has been refurbished and restored to its former beauty by Leander Architecture, a specialist decorative blacksmith.

The work, which has been funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, includes:

  • Repairs to the columns, arches and roof
  • Repairs or replacements of decorative castings
  • Three new balustrade panels to match the existing ones
  • A new feature for the apex of the roof
  • Fresh paintwork.

The Crawley Millennium Concert Band will play on the bandstand from 1-3pm on the day and chairs for spectators will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

A spokesperson for Crawley Millennium Concert Band said:

“We are delighted to be representing musicians of Crawley who will make use of the historic bandstand for years to come. Community music is a big part of the Crawley culture and our bandstand is the perfect place to share this musical legacy.”

The bandstand was first constructed for Gatwick Racecourse in 1891 so started its life in green surroundings – before being moved from Queens Square in 2016.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said:

“The restored bandstand looks wonderful in its new setting.

“I’m really looking forward to the opening event on Saturday; the Crawley Millennium Concert Band always give a fantastic show and it’s fitting that they will be giving the first performance.”

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

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Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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