Images of Nairn - page 12

 

'The Wallace Bandstand' on the Links at Nairn - Saturday 4th August 2007 and Tuesday 15th August 2006
Constructed in 1884 in honour of John Wallace, an eminent citizen of Nairn who became a pioneer in the Victoria colony in Australia

(The Bandstand is constructed mainly of cast iron, with a lead roof. It has just undergone several months of costly renovation, made possible by a grant of £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, approved in August 2005. It had fallen into considerable disrepair in recent years and had, moreover, suffered a certain amount of vandalism over the past two or three years. It is an A listed structure. I took these photographs today because the last scaffolding and renovation materials were removed from the structure only this morning, after several months when it was fenced off for renovation, just in time for this year's Nairn Highland Games scheduled for Saturday 19th August; the grass behind and to the left of the photographs is the Nairn Cricket Pitch, with the clubhouse visible at bottom-left; the building where I live is to the left of the photographs. The cricket field is laso used for the Nairn Highland Games; the tall white pillars are only erected for this event and will have been removed again by early next week after the Games are over. It has been restored using the same colours as records indicate were used when it was originally constructed, not the black colour which was used in recent years. There are plans for the Bandstand to be used once more by the community, for example musical performances during the annual Nairn Jazz Festival and performances by the local military brass band during the summer.)
Taken on 4th August 2007 - the floor of the Bandstand was tiled a few months ago and this commemorative plaque has been placed in the centre of the floor. At the beginning of this year, electrical cabling was laid underground to the Bandstand so that flood-lighting could be installed; I plan to add a night-shot when a suitable occasion arises as it looks most impressive at night now.
Taken on 15th August 2006 - the three photographs below were taken soon after the scaffolding and protective barriers had been removed when the major renovation works had been completed, just in time for that year's Nairn Highland Games, which were held the following Saturday.

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