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They've burnt the bleddy bandstand down  :(

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#65 It's always used for bands when the riverside festival on along with the concrete stepped seating its a cracking place to enjoy live music in the sun with a beer.   

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I can remember the steel framed seats with wooden slats on being put out along the concrete steps in the half round area in front of the bandstand,many years ago maybe early to mid 60's I remember fishing down the embankment and hearing pop music coming from the area,quite a few pop groups were playing that day but can't remember who they were,can anyone help on that,about 1964-1966

 

Rog

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I went by this afternoon, half a dozen police vehicles were still there. I don't know the extent of the damage but the frontage looked ok. I've lost count of the number of times I've sat there enjoying all sorts of music over the years, both as a kid and with my own kids. One of the earliest I can remember was a Caribbean steel band, about 1965.

 

There's a bit about it's history here...

http://www.fove.co.uk/Bandstand.html

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Just read all the comments on Nottingham Memorial which were posted from2009 to 2016.

Master and I decided to go a walk the other day caught a tram to the bottom of Wilford Road, and walked from their to Trent Bridge.

Well! when master and myself were young free and single this area was where we used to do our courting (old fashioned  word I know)

You would not be able to sit/lay on the grass as it is full of  Canadian goose mess, the grass wants a good cut, plus litter needs to be picked up, but the most disappointing thing was "NO GOLDFISH!!!! in the pond of the Memorial gardens, also the fountains were not working, and  lots of weeds in the plants, the pond had algae in some places but "NO GOLDFISH!!!!! were oh were have they gone?

Nottingham our city!!!!  seems to be going to pot.

Please if any N/N member knows where the "Goldfish" are let me know

 

 

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Mary,the powers that be have put some sort of chemical in the water to help stem the weed problem and that would kill off the fish(not saying the fish weren't moved before the chemical was added),there are signs around the ponds to that effect(No paddling,Don't allow pets to drink the water,etc),the fountains were working the other week when I was over there though,I put some pictures on this site of them,I agree with you that the place has deteriated since my younger days as well,obviously not much respect for the memories of the fallen these days which was the original intention of the gardens when they were first set up

 

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I see they're called the "Rock Gardens Trent side",I have always known them as "The Memorial Gardens,Trent Embankment" I wonder if there was a reason for the earlier name

 

Rog

 

 

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Thanks for the infro about the goldfish plantfit. I  just hope some one is looking after them, but it's so sad to see these gardens and pond looking in a way that no body cares any more. but this seems to be the norm now, message to planners please, please do not destroy  any more of our city.

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On 02/05/2017 at 6:55 AM, mary1947 said:

Please if any N/N member knows where the "Goldfish" are let me know

 

Thought the goldfish would have recovered by now. If not sorry, mea culpa.

 

Would have been in the early fifties, when your truly and others suitably armed with penny bangers, matches, lumps of plasticine and empty jam jars would descend on the goldfish ponds. We would mould the plasticine around the bottom of a banger as a weight, light the fuse paper and when it was fizzing away drop it in the pond. The resulting explosion would stun the fish, enabling us to "rescue" a few for our jam jars.

 

Made a tidy profit selling the now recovered goldfish to other kids at threpence a time, which covered the costs of the bangers. Was able to buy lots more fireworks this way than by hawking a "penny for the guy" barra around the streets.

 

Alison

 

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NBL,the gardens seemed to be remarkably clean, there was some crap in the bottom of the pond though (still no fish) and the little seating areas under the main building were locked up but it was a nice walk down memory lane (sort of) I don't think we'll ever see the gardens as they were in the 50's/60's again,sign of the times I suppose

 

Rog

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It's such a shame that photobucket has taken it's toll on this topic so I will post these pictures to help bring it to life again

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Rog

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Well played young Rog.................

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Why thankyou kind sir

 

Rog

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And young Mick.................

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Oh, go on then

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and special for Mick, just round the corner

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They reckon that the Bus depot was built almost exactly on what was an early Forest football ground...........

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