new town bandstand was officially handed over to Ross-on-Wye
Town Council by Ross Lions yesterday. The idea of building
the bandstand was originally proposed by Ross Lions as
a 'President's Project' five years ago. The original plan
was for a modern type of building, against the bank of
the riverside gardens. A local pressure group objected
however and progress was delayed.
further delay occurred last year, when the original hole
for the foundations was dug and a cast iron sewer pipe
was discovered. Construction of the new building could
not take place within three metres of the pipe and so
more planning permission had to be sought. Work did eventually
commence again earlier this year and the bandstand, officially
known as an 'Outdoor Pursuit Centre' for VAT purposes,
held its first concert on Holiday Monday, 30th May.
immediately below are Gordon
Lucas, the Mayor of Ross-on-Wye, Bernard Fowkes, PRO of
Ross Lions, who saw the project through from beginning
to end, David Ravenscrof, the President of Ross Lions
and Alan Denham, District Governor of Lions 105W.
concert began at 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon with a
performance by Ross Town Band which on a hot and sunny
afternoon, drew in quite a crowd, setting a traditional
village green atmosphere, extremely fitting for the new
official handing over occurred at 4:30 pm during which
Mayor, Gordon Lucas thanked Ross Lions for their gift
to the town and this was followed by an impromptu display
of Belly Dancing by 'Jahmir Middle Eastern Dancers', who
had actually come down to watch after performing at the
Market House earlier in the day.
bandstand's first taste of the loud and crazy stuff occurred
a little later with a fantastic performance by local rock
band, 'Bob's Full House,' during which Bob explained that
a 'shih-tzu' is not only a breed of dog. It is also a
zoo with no animals.
Jay Hill provided the compering and between acts, which
he did extremely well, especially as he was hired at the
last minute - quite literally.
the day finished with a great performance by the 'Loco
All Stars', who are exactly that (stars - not loco). The
band on this occasion consisted of, Geoff Downs on keyboards,
known for his performance on one of the 'Yes' albums,
Paul Martinez on bass (Paul has performed on albums too
numerous to mention and is currently working with Dave
Edmunds), Niki Hopkins, drummer for Robert Plant and Lyndon
Webb of the 'Lovely Jublees' on guitar.
whole afternoon's entertainment was professionally organized
by Councillor, John Davies. Sorry I haven't room to include
the photo of your billboard this week, John but I hope
this works just as well... 'John Davies is a great builder
too and can be contacted on: 01989 567207'. (That's one
swimming pool you owe me!)
new bandstand is a fantastic gift from Ross Lions to all
of the people of Ross-on-Wye and is there to be used.
Please don't let it go to waste - let's see some great
concerts there in the coming months and years! It is a
brilliant place to host the coming 'Unintentional Festival',
which is currently severely lacking local financial support.
Come on Ross - the 'Unintentional Festival' is for you,
so please get of your backsides and help in any way you