Glorious sunshine and temperatures in the 20s brought the crowds out in their hundreds for the official opening of the Bandstand at Haughton Green.
Andrew Gwynne, the local MP, did the honours and cut the ribbon before the Ashton–under-Lyne Brass Band struck the first notes with a medley of tunes to begin an afternoon of music and family entertainment.
The event was organised by Irwell Valley Housing and with craft and gift markets, face painting, inflatable assault courses, bungee runs and competitions.
In his welcome speech, Andrew Gwynne, Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish, thanked Irwell Valley for the Bandstand and for the vast improvements in the area undertaken by the housing association since the stock transfer from Manchester City Council.
Michael Redford, Managing Director, Neighbourhoods at Irwell Valley, said:
“This is much more than a picturesque landmark feature. Over the last 12 months, residents of all ages have come to enjoy a whole range of sociable, music, education and neighbourhood events around the Bandstand.
“There’s a real sense of ownership and immense community pride for what it has come to symbolise about the area, which is what Irwell Valley set out to achieve.”
The event was broadcast live by Tameside Radio.