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2 April 2009
Butterfield Sponsors Restoration of Victoria Park Bandstand

Butterfield donated $150,000 to restore an antique bandstand in Victoria Park.

Superintendant of the Corporation of Hamilton, Stephen DeSilva said this is the first time the bandstand has been completely renovated since its construction over 100 years ago.


“The Bandstand was made of cast-iron in Scotland in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria,” Mr. DeSilva said. “It arrived in Bermuda, as was intended, about a year later and was installed in Victoria Park in 1889. It has been there ever since.”


In 2008, the bandstand was sent back to the same Scottish foundry that created it so long ago, to be restored using Nineteenth Century techniques.


“There are no replacement components,” Mr. DeSilva said. “What you see is the original bandstand painstakingly put back together. That corrugated tin roof was replaced with the exact type of steel.”


“Charles Laing and Sons are the experts in their field. That is all they do. They have restored around 40 bandstands throughout the years,” he said.


He said the Bank’s donation will allow the public to enjoy the bandstand for another 100 years.


“I am very proud and very pleased the Bank wanted to be part of this restoration,” Mr. DeSilva said. “It had never been done before. It was very civic-minded, because it is used by the general public. You have assured it will be here for another 100 years.”


The donation was officially marked by a time-capsule burial ceremony on Friday, 24 March 2009 with eight local schools (four private, and four public) providing items of interest. The time capsule will be opened in 100 years (presumably when the bandstand needs to be restored again).


Butterfield President & CEO, Alan Thompson, said Butterfield was pleased to commit to this important initiative back when it was first approached by the Corporation of Hamilton in 2008.


"Making valuable contributions to the communities that we call home has been a practice of Butterfield for the past 150 years,” Mr. Thompson said. “Victoria Park would not have been the same without its historic bandstand. We hope everyone in Bermuda enjoys the restoration of this Hamilton landmark.”

 

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