Youngsters restore county’s landmark

The mural painted onto the bandstand at Attlee Park.
The mural painted onto the bandstand at Attlee Park.

A local charity is aiming to bring some life back to Bedlington, thanks to a funding award from the SITA Trust.

Leading Link, working in partnership with Northumberland County Council, has been awarded £60,000 from the Enhancing Communities Programme to help transform the famous bandstand at Attlee Park into a performing arts venue and outdoor amphitheatre.

The development is being run alongside Northumberland’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

It involves encouraging young people to give something back to their community.

As a kick-start to the overall summer project, a group of 60 young people, all aged 16 to 17-years-old, have already been involved in designing and producing a mural onto the bandstand, depicting the history of the town.

Other plans include a new pedestrian entrance archway, reshaping the existing bandstand to make it more aesthetically pleasing and landscaping the surrounding area into an extended stage.

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “When we looked at the bandstand and its significance to Bedlington’s history, we thought there is no way we can knock this landmark down.

“And that was where the idea came to work with Northumberland County Council to help rejuvenate it.”