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Last Updated: Friday, 12 May 2006, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Vandal-hit bandstand to play on
Nairn bandstand
The bandstand is a landmark on Nairn links
A historic bandstand - one of only two of its kind in Scotland - is getting a 70,000 facelift.

The Victorian structure is a prominent feature in Nairn, Inverness-shire, but fell into disrepair following storms and vandalism.

Local Highland councillor Sandy Park said it was being restored to its "former glory".

He said: "It is one of only two Victorian bandstands like it in Scotland, the other one is in Dundee."

Historic Scotland contributed a grant towards the cost of the spruce-up.

Mr Park said: "It suffered a wee bit of vandalism and storm damage and needs a new floor and is having lighting fitted."

Bands playing

He said there were discussions about bands playing in the bandstand again after the refurbishment.

The structure on Nairn links overlooks the nearby beach where soldiers rehearsed for the D-Day landings in World War Two.

Nairn was a popular spa resort during Victorian times and many of the prominent buildings in the town date from that era.

Mr Park said: "The bandstand is a landmark on the links and can be seen from sea. It is a listed building and I'm pleased it is being returned to its former glory."


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