2006 – The Background to Music in the Park

The background: “Saltaire Bandstand” in Roberts Park

The Half Moon Steering Group, coordinated by Saltaire Cricket Club and made up of representatives of local organisations in Saltaire, Shipley and Baildon, has put together a programme of free concerts on the site of the former bandstand in Roberts Park this summer. “Saltaire Bandstand” takes place every second Sunday from 11th June to 20th August, at 2.30pm, re-introducing the idea of free park music on a Sunday afternoon. But brass band music is only one of the items on offer, there is also concert band, line-dancing, folk, classical and rock music, so take your pick.

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All the artists have kindly signed up to perform free of charge, visitors will be asked to contribute to a collection. The Half Moon Café will be open, and Friends of Roberts Park will offer cream teas and other refreshments. Each event will be accompanied by a display and sale of work by six local artists at the Half Moon Café. The Café itself will be open every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. Come and use this Victorian Café, lovingly restored by local enthusiasts inspired by the Cricket Club’s initiative, and hopefully the first of many steps to make every corner of Saltaire worthy of World Heritage status.

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