The formal opening of the new band stand which has been erected in Spencer Park, Rushden, according to the designs of Mr. W. B. Madin (town surveyor), took place last night. The Rushden Temperance, Rifle, and Mission Bands met on the Green at 7 p.m., and marched to Spencer Park, playing spirited music en route. A large crowd assembled round the band stand.
Mr. C. Cross (Chairman of the Band Stand Committee) formally unlocked the gate of the band stand and presented the key to Mr. J. S. Clipson, J.P. (chairman of the Rushden Urban Council), on behalf of the town.
The opening ceremony then took place. Mr. Clipson presided, supported by Messrs. F. Knight, J.P. (chairman of the Recreation Ground Committee), J. Claridge, J.P., C.C.,T. Swindall, T. Wilmott and J. Spencer (members of the Urban Council), C. Cross, B. Sanders, Bernard Tomkins and W. W. Rial (members of the Band Stand Committee).
The Chairman said they had met under pleasant circumstances compared with the sad times through which they as a nation were passing.
Handed Over To The Town
Mr. C. Cross said that about four years ago Mr. Bert Sanders suggested to him that the time had come when a band stand should be erected in Rushden, a town famous for its bands. He agreed, and at once they formed a committee, with Mr. J. S. Clipson as treasurer and Mr. Bert Sanders as secretary. They set to work to collect funds, and met with a generous response, but a difficulty arose with regard to a site, the only one then available being the Council Field in Park-road. For a time the matter was left in abeyance, and when the Council decided to open the Recreation Ground the committee again set to work, and raised over £50. On behalf of the committee and of every subscriber he now asked the Chairman of the Urban Council to accept the band stand for the use of the bands and choirs of the town. (Applause.)
Mr. Clipson said he had very great pleasure in accepting the Band Stand on behalf of the Urban Council as coming from the Band Stand Committee, for the use of the town of Rushden. When he was Chairman of the Urban Council on previous occasions he had had the pleasure of accepting the Free Library and that had been of very great service to the town. The present gift was perhaps not quite so important as the Library but it was gratifying to have a band stand for the good bands that Rushden possessed. (Applause.)
The Rushden Mission Band, conducted by Mr. J. Wildman, then played from the stand “Country life” (Round). The massed male voice choirs of Rushden gave in very fine style the selection “Martyrs of the arena,” Mr. Bert Sanders conducting. The Rushden Rifle Band gave the next item, and played in a creditable manner “Beauties of England” (Newton). Mr. C. H. Baker conducted. A selection, “The Long day closes,” was sung very effectively by the massed choirs, and the Rushden Temperance Band completed an excellent programme with the selection “Faust No. 1.” Mr. Fred Robinson efficiently conducting. The bands had drawn for the order of playing. Mr. Bert Sanders arranged the programme for the choir.