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Thursday, August 1, 2013

VIDEO: Donors Unveiled, Hundreds Turn Out At Major Bandstand Celebration

Hundreds turned out in King Square this  afternoon to hear something Saint John hasn't heard in decades: the sounds of live music playing from the upper level of the King Square bandstand.

The iconic bandstand had fallen into disrepair after it was donated to the city by the City Coronet Band in 1908. The work, financed by donors John Irving and Dr Richard Currie, included installing new supports and flooring on the second level, cleaning and restoring the copper roof, installing a granite slab and ladder for access to the second level, painting, sandblasting and cleaning the structure and fittings, and upgrading all the electrical and lighting hookups. 

Mayor Mel Norton addressed the crowd thanking donors and citing the project as a true indicator that we live in the so-called "Renaissance City."

Uptown Saint John will be hosting a concert series at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout August at the newly renovated structure. 

No word on the overall cost of the project--but the mayor would say it was well in excess of $100,000 dollars.