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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: July 06, 2017.
Webpage updated: July 06, 2017

        

PLYMOUTH HOE

BANDSTAND

One feature of Plymouth Hoe that was not replaced after the Second World War was the Bandstand.

The Bandstand on Plymouth Hoe

The Bandstand on Plymouth Hoe.
From a postcard.

On Wednesday May 30th 1866 the Western Daily Mercury reported: 'We observe that a commencement has been made in the erection of the (band) platform, a quantity of timber being deposited near the proposed spot, which were appropriated as seats by the nurses of children yesterday'.  It is not yet clear if this was referring to the bandstand which it is said was erected in 1880 on the site where the bowling green now stands.  This means that either the bandstand was older than at first thought or that it had a predecessor.  [1]

It is also unclear exactly when it was removed to its more familiar site near Smeaton's Tower is unclear.  A large number of bands entertained the crowds here. 

The Hoe Bandstand at Plymouth, from thr Sound           The cover of the concert programme for summer 1938

For example, during the summer of 1938:-

Sunday June 5th 1938, 7.45pm - Band of His Majesty's Royal Marines, Plymouth Division, under Captain F J Ricketts, RM.

Monday June 6th 1938, 3 & 7.30pm - Band of His Majesty's Royal Marines, Plymouth Division

Wednesday June 8th 1938, 7.30pm - Band of His Majesty's Royal Marines, Plymouth Division

Sunday June 12th 1938, 7.45pm - Band of His Majesty's Royal Marines, Plymouth Division

Wednesday June 15th 1938, 7.30pm - Band of the 2nd Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment

Sunday June 19th 1938, 7.45pm - Band of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex regiment

Wednesday June 22nd 1938, 7.30pm - Band of the 2nd Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment

And for the remainder of the season at 3 and 7.45pm on Sundays and 3 and 7.30pm every weekday, weather permitting:-

Sunday June 26th - Saturday July 2nd 1938 - Band of the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers

Sunday July 3rd - Saturday July 9th 1938 - Band of the 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)

Sunday July 10th - Saturday July 16th 1938 - Band of the 1st Battalion, The Prince of Wales's Volunteers

Sunday July 17th - Saturday July 23rd 1938 - Band of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards

Sunday July 24th - Saturday July 30th 1938 -Band of 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

Sunday July 31st - Saturday August 6th 1938 - Band of 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sunday August 7th - Saturday August 13th 1938 - Band of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst

Sunday August 14th - Saturday August 20th 1938 - Band of His Majesty's Royal Marines, Plymouth Division

Sunday August 21st - Saturday August 27th 1938 - The Foden Motor Works Band

Sunday August 28th - Saturday September 3rd 1938 - Band of His Majesty's Royal Air Force College

Sunday September 4th - Saturday September 10th 1938 - Band of His Majesty's Royal Scots Greys

If the weather intervened, then the concert would be held in the Guildhall and notices to that effect would be posted at The Hoe, Saint Andrew's Cross, The Guildhall, Derry's Clock and in Princess Square.

Sadly the Hoe Bandstand gave way to the necessities of war.  It was removed as scrap metal and turned into warplanes, bullets or bombs. 

the Hoe Bandstand was dismantled for salvage

Instead of replacing the bandstand, a large marquee was erected on a different spot and was named the Hoe Summer Theatre.  This became the home of the innumerable band concerts that followed the end of the Second World War.