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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 Commissioner in Queens Sq as force adds 200 additional officers across Sussex

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne meets locals in Crawleys Queens Sq as drugs campaign is promoted with Crime Stoppers.

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Crawley police have been making themselves more visible the past few days with displays and officers out and about in the town centre.

It all comes as the town is seemingly going through an increase in violent crimes.

The current presence in Queens Sq by the police was in conjunction with Crime Stoppers who were highlighting to the public the problem with County Lines.

Put simply, this is where drug gangs are recruiting locally for their drugs business and can involve grooming youngsters into working for them. 

Speaking to CN24 the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne explained that the county is in the process of a major recruitment campaign which will see an additional 200 officers added to the current number.

The Commissioner also explained that the police are working hard at increasing their public face and that more work still needs to be done so that the public do not feel worried.

If you can help the police with any information on drug crimes in your area please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

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