The Pier bandstand, 1916-1932

Military bands were a regular attraction on the Pier, from the 1870s right through to World War II.

The Pier bandstand opened in 1916,  with two curved open-fronted shelters on either side. Each shelter could seat 650 people and there was room for a further 2,000 deckchairs in the open space around the bandstand. A municipal orchestra formed in 1919 offered up to twelve concerts a week in a variety of musical styles.

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