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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
This is where Bowie organised and performed in 1969.
Location: Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham
Description: The bandstand that the thin white duke David Bowie played on has been in a sorry state recently.
This much-loved Edwardian bandstand was built by McCallum & Hope Ltd of Glasgow sometime between 1880 and 1921 in Croydon Road Recreation Ground
One of Beckenhams most famous residents, David Bowie played at the bandstand at the Beckenham Arts Lab Growth Summer Festival in 1969 which was organised by the musician himself and The Beckenham Arts Laboratory.
It's been neglected for a long time and efforts are underway to restore it to musical use once again. The council is working with Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground and other local partners to raise the funds required.
Supporters are being invited to purchase a personalised brick around the much-loved bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground and be part of local history. The brick could be a personal tribute to remember David Bowie but the brick could also commemorate a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or promote a business.
The bricks, which will be installed at the same time as the restoration of the bandstand will be a high-quality natural stone brick, which can be inscribed with a short message. They will form a circular pathway around the structure and expand the performing space.