Gosh was it really two years ago that Stephen was so fed up at the cuts which stopped paying for (mainly brass) bands’ expenses that he wrote to Royal Parks to protest? At the time RP called it a ‘non-core’expense and the glorious Colebrookedale Bandstand lay fallow throughout the summers of 2011 and 2012.
But now thanks to sponsorship from The Friends of Greenwich Park I’ll be able to once more don the Phantom Boater, sit in a stripy deckchair, lick a 99 and listen to live music of a Sunday afternoon – perfect for this weather.
I am delighted to see this gentle pursuit return. I always thought it a very petty saving on the part of Royal Parks – it wasn’t as though the bands were being paid – they just got exes, and the money saved, in the grand scheme of things, can’t have been enough to do much else. I guess they’ll never cough up now the Friends have dug their hands in their pockets but hey – a Phantom round of applause to the Friends for actually doing so.
The next one is a Jazz band on the 28th July at 2.00pm and Greenwich Concert band will be performing on the 25th of August.
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