Campaign launched to restore Mexborough’s bandstand back to its former glory

The bandstand in Mexborough has fallen into a state of disrepair.

The bandstand in Mexborough has fallen into a state of disrepair.

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A campaign has been launched to restore Mexborough’s historic bandstand to its former glory after it fell into a state of disrepair.

The Castle Hills Park site is believed to date back around 100 years and was once used to host brass band concerts enjoyed by hundreds of people.

How the bandstand used to look.

How the bandstand used to look.

But the bandstand has been silent for decades and all that remains is its stone base which has become strewn with weeds.

Community group Mexborough Ferryboat Association has criticised Doncaster Council for failing to maintain the site and fear nothing will be left of the bandstand soon after thieves started stealing the stone base.

A petition which is calling for the authority to restore the bandstand in time for the centenary commemorations to mark the end of the First World War in November 2018 has attracted nearly 500 signatures in under a week.

Mexborough man Dan Goddard, chairman of Mexborough Ferryboat Association, said the group is aiming for 1000 signatures in a bid to pressure the council into taking action.

The 37-year-old father-of-one said: “There is hardly anything left of the bandstand, it seems to have been ignored and forgotten about which isn’t good enough.

“Pieces of the stone are going missing so you have to fear the worst.

“It won’t be long before there is nothing left unless we do something about it.

“The bandstand used to serve the people of Mexborough and I’m sure it was very popular in its day.

“It hasn’t been used for many years. But if we can gather together and pressure the council into taking action we might be able to get bands to play there once again.”

Mr Goddard added he believes the bandstand was constructed shortly after the end of the First World War and having it restored in time for the centenary in three years’ time would be fitting.

He said: “It is a bit of an eyesore and is close to the war memorial.

“It doesn’t look great when we have people gathering for the annual commemorations.

“We want the council to have it restored before November 11 2018.

“What a great community effort that would be.”

Margaret Roper, chairperson of Mexborough and District Heritage Society, said: “We need to fight to ensure historic sites such as this are preserved for future generations.

“We can’t let things like this go to ruin.

“I don’t think bands have played on there for several decades but at one time it was important to the town.

“It would be great to have a functioning bandstand that everyone can enjoy once again.”

Peter Dale, director of environment for Doncaster Council, vowed to work with residents to improve the site.

He said: “We are aware that the bandstand in Castle Hills is in need of restoration, and are hoping to work with residents, ward members and the Friends of Castle Park group to discuss plans for repairing this community asset.”