Paul Rabbitts FRSA FLI
Author, Parks Historian, Public Speaker
|Posted on March 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM|
A lovely weekend just gone as my lovely youngest daughter was running in the Inter Counties X Country Championships - so proud. It was in Birmingham and a city of bandstands. Done most of them here but not some of the surrounding areas or towns such as Stourbridge where there are 2 stunners - Stevens Park and Mary Stevens Park. However it appeared that there are 2 Stevens Parks and I went to the wrong one initially. Correct one found and what a stunning bandstand - bit scruffy but a Lion Foundry 23 model - similar ones in Southport, Barnsley, Handsworth and Smethwick. This one needs attention but the Friends of Stevens Park, Quarry Bank, Stourbridge do exceptional work in looking after this lovely park with Dudley MBC.
Moving on from Stevens Park, was Mary Stevens Park, oh a lovely park, a truly wonderful park being restored currently with HLF funding under the Parks for People Programme. I love this bandstand, currently a wreck but not for much longer. Soon to be restored is the local Hill & Smith bandstand, manufactured in nearby Brierley Hill. It fronts my latest book, Bandstands of Britain, and it is a stunning remnant of their foundry and the absolute pivotal point of this fabulous park. Not only did the bandstand inspire me, the war memorial was stunning and the main entrance was fit to grace any of the Royal Parks.
Mary Stevens Park Entrance