Refurbishment is nearing completion

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The stage is set at Attlee Park as one of the county’s most famous landmarks receives the final touches of its makeover.

Local charity Leading Link, working in partnership with Northumberland County Council, has managed the £60,000 transformation of the Bedlington country park, which is being funded by SITA Trust, with work completed by local landscaping contractors WL Straughan and Sons.

Already in place is a new pathway to a hard standing picnic area, a new road to the back of the stage, a new entrance with stone wall and mosaic welcome sign, and a raised natural platform to make the bandstand a more natural feature.

An extended stage has also been laid, which was decorated by young people, families and the local community laying colourful pebbles around the border.

It is hoped that once complete, the bandstand at Attlee Park will be used by travelling shows and community arts groups as a performing arts venue, as well as events such as The Big Event 2 which took place in the park last summer and attracted more than 2,000 visitors on the day.

Coun Valerie Tyler said: “It is all very exciting – there is a buzz in the air.

“Even before the transformation was half way through, the difference it is already making to the town is enormous.”

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “Since we first submitted the idea to the SITA Trust to rejuvenate Attlee Park, we have wanted to involve as many members of the local community as possible and try to leave a real legacy behind at this famous venue.

“We wanted it to be a real community project and we feel that is what we’ve achieved here over the last four months.”

The Big Event 3, the kick-start of the new Attlee Park, will take place on Saturday, June 21.