There’s a new bandstand coming to Strawberry Field
1 year ago
Work has begun on the installation of a uniquely designed bandstand in the grounds of Strawberry Field, where John Lennon played as a child.
When Honorary Patron of Strawberry Field, Cliff Cooper, CEO of Orange Amplifiers, learnt about plans to develop the Strawberry Field site as a training and work placement hub for young people with learning disabilities, he had an idea to donate and build a bandstand in the grounds.
“One of John Lennon’s earliest musical experiences was hearing The Salvation Army band playing in the gardens of Strawberry Field. How appropriate is it now to reintroduce music into the gardens! I hope the bandstand will bring immense joy to visitors from around the world and will provide a performance space to help with the development of the students of the Strawberry Field training hub.”
He continued: “I look forward to seeing the continuance of John’s legacy, promoting Peace and Love in the world, an ethos which reflects the selfless dedication of The Salvation Army, whose people devote their lives to helping others who are in need and less fortunate than ourselves.”
After over a year of planning, the construction team have broken ground.
Kathleen Versfeld, Mission Director at Strawberry Field said:
“We are thrilled to have seen work begin on the long-awaited bandstand. We are looking forward to celebrity performances, performances by our Step to Work students and of course by Salvation Army bands. We are very conscious of the fact that we are in a residential neighbourhood, so our plans include significant steps to avoid noise, crowding or other forms of disturbance. We want the bandstand to bring great joy to our local community as well as to our visitors from around the world”
The Victorian house and grounds – once the play ground of the city’s most famous son – are now the home of one of the city’s newest attractions. A community cafe, shop and beautiful landscaped gardens are all free for visitors to explore, while a state of the art, must-see exhibition provides fans with an awe-inspiring look at John Lennon’s childhood and the secrets of his historic site.
The anticipated opening date of the bandstand will be April 2022.