Bandstand spruce-up as Durham guns for gold

ROLL UP: The band of cleaners at Wharton Park bandstand.
ROLL UP: The band of cleaners at Wharton Park bandstand.
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VOLUNTEERS have struck up a new look for a park bandstand as part of plans to revamp the hidden gem.

The team has given the Wharton Park bandstand a makeover in connection with Durham City’s bid for gold in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions.

Members of Durham’s King’s Church in Fieldhouse Lane,teamed up with Durham County Council’s civic pride and clean and green teams and picked up brushes to give it a new lick of paint and remove graffiti.

The park dates back to the early 19th century.

Pauline Walker, the council’s senior civic pride officer, said: “This is a hugely popular Victorian park which nestles in the heart of Durham City and provides captivating views of Durham cathedral.

“Sprucing it up will make it even more attractive and support our bids in both competitions.”

An ongoing £3million investment aims to see Wharton Park, which is between North Road and Framwelgate Peth, restored to its former glory.

There are plans for a new heritage centre, cafe, new play area, a revitalised amphitheatre and miniature car track for children.

Becca Kay, from King’s Church, said: “Each year, a team of around 120 people give their full-time energy to loving and serving the city, building on the work the church is already involved with throughout the year.”

The council’s civic pride team supports various community projects. To get involved or for more information, visit or call 03000 261 000.