Olympic fever ends on a high at Waterlooville bandstand

LET'S PLAY Cllr Ray Bastin, next to the new bandstand in Waterlooville's town centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (122929-617)
LET'S PLAY Cllr Ray Bastin, next to the new bandstand in Waterlooville's town centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (122929-617)

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WATERLOOVILLE’S new bandstand will be put to good use for a huge celebration to mark the end of the London 2012 Olympics.

The bandstand in London Road has only just been finished this week – but the timing couldn’t be better.

On Sunday it will be filled with the sound of music for the 2012 Bandstand Marathon, a national event involving more than 500 bandstands across the country from 1pm to 5pm.

The first Bandstand Marathon first took place in September 2008 as part of the launch of the Cultural Olympiad.

Sunday’s event will be extra special for Waterlooville as it will be the first time the new facility has been used.

The borough’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Buckley, will also unveil the revamped precinct at 12.30pm before the performances start at 1pm.

Through a government grant, Havant Borough Council has spent £700,000 installing new street furniture, paving, trees and the bandstand.

Local councillor Ray Bastin is organising Sunday’s event and was pleased with the finished bandstand.

He said: ‘It’s unique – there isn’t another one with the same shape.

‘The town lacked vitality.

‘I have lots of ideas for other events at the bandstand. Once people know about it, musicians will come forward and ask if they can do something. I think it will work.’

The line-up in Waterlooville includes pipe Caroline Henton, flautists Cat and Liz Emery, youth music group Agitation, and Classique School of Dance.

At 2pm bandstands across the country will all have performances of the Coldplay anthem Viva La Vida.

This will be performed by James Burns, a 16-year-old singer from Drayton.

Cllr Bastin said: ‘I think it’s going to be thronging with people. I have entertainment coming in for the little children.

‘It’s a free day for people to enjoy themselves.

‘These Olympics have been really special.’

Bandstand events will also be taking place at The Plaza at Eastoke Corner, Hayling Island, The Performance Podium in West Street, Fareham, and at the Falkland Gardens in Gosport.