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Entertainments and Events at Coronation Park

Coronation Park seems never to have had a bandstand but after the war it was included in the Council's programme of summer entertainments and during the 1949 season two Sunday band concerts were held in Coronation Park.[1]

In the 1950s children's entertainments were provided during Whit Week and August.[2] Summer enterainments for children were still being provided in the 1960s.[3] It was reported that 4,650 children and 1,560 adults attended the children's entertainment in the parks during August 1965.[4] This continued into the 1970s. Having heard that 2,280 children and 946 adults attended children's entertainment in the parks in August 1970, the Leisure Services Committee agreed that £150 be allocated for the engagement of children's entertainers during August 1971.[5]

By the end of the 1970s conventional children's entertainments held in the parks were being replaced by summer holiday play schemes and adventure playgrounds.[6] For 1981 an entertainment programme was approved, including concerts, band concerts, children's entertainment and events at Tredegar House Counntry Park and John Frost Square.[7]

Sources of Information

  1. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries (Provision of Entertainment in Parks) Sub-Committee 5th January 1949
  2. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 16th May 1952
  3. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 21st October 1960
  4. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 15th October 1965
  5. Newport County Borough Council Amenity and Leisure Services Committee 3rd September 1970
  6. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 2nd May 1978 & 5th February 1980
  7. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 5th May 1981