‘Glorious vision’ of Wardown Park Bandstand a huge step closer


Luton’s four Rotary clubs, along with the Rotary Youth Trust for Luton, have joined forces to design and build a modern bandstand – to be known as the Rotary Bandstand – in Wardown Park.

A corporate launch event was held at Luton Hoo Hotel on Wednesday, with more than 100 guests attending.

The aim was to encourage local businesses and the community to support the project and help spread the word throughout Luton. Rotary members from all four clubs were present to talk through the initiative and highlight the benefits it would bring.

To showcase the talent that Luton has to offer, guests were treated to performances from Luton Youth Cantores, Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra and the newly re-formed Luton Band.

Four interns from the University of Bedfordshire, who have been working on design concepts over the summer, stimulated much discussion and debate with their ideas.

The Rotary Bandstand’s patron, Lord Bill McKenzie, said: “I am both honoured and privileged to be patron of such a worthwhile project.

“Luton has a wealth of talent and having a bandstand to showcase it will be a wonderful addition to the park. This is just the start as the charity will look to help local people for generations to come.”

Other guests included Nazir Jessa, Deputy Lord Lieutenant; Colin Osborne, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire; Mohammed Farooq, Mayor of Luton; Cheryl Smart MBE; Dennis Keech OBE; and representatives from Snoxell, Machins, Taylor Walton, Elite Hotels Group, The Steel Trust, Household Estate Agents, A-Plan Insurance, Mark James Ltd, Basepoint Luton, ATP Media and Shipleys.

Peter King, president of Rotary International of Great Britain & Ireland, and Jenny Muir, district governor of Rotary District 1260, also attended.

Alan Corkhill, who chairs the Rotary Bandstand Steering Group, said: “It is wonderful to see so many people here, supporting this venture. We have all come together to share in a glorious vision for Luton. This is such a large project with so much work still to do but, with so much goodwill and our confidence in the people, businesses and all of us working together for Luton, the Rotary Bandstand is now a huge step closer to a reality.”

A Justgiving page is being set up for anyone to donate to the project, however big or small: www.justgiving.com/rotarybandstandforluton

To find out more about the project visit www.rotarybandstand.org.

> For pictures of the Luton Hoo launch event, go to http://goo.gl/5LOzPl