PICTURES: Beckenham David Bowie festival raises money for historic bandstand

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Hundreds flocked to a Beckenham David Bowie celebration at the weekend, put on to raise money to save a historic bandstand.

Saturday's (Aug 16) Memory of a Free Festival, organised by Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground (FOCRRG), was fundraising to save the Victorian structure - a favourite of music legend Bowie who once wowed an audience on its stage.

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The star, alongside Beckenham Arts Lab, helped put on Britain's first 'Free Festival' in 1969 and this year the event has again been revived.

Residents arrived to see performances by Roget Wotton and Bill Liesegang, who played on the stage all those years ago, as well as other local groups.

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While beers from Penge's Late Knights brewery, food and drinks stalls, and arts and crafts also featured.

Bowie contributed signed memorabilia to the cause again this year. When he did so in 2013 £600 was raised at auction.

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Now FOCRRG is continuing to collect cash to save the bandstand, built in 1891, and in urgent need of restoration.

It is hoped by summer 2015 the structure will be complete - if a grant application for a Heritage Lottery Fund, which will add to donations, is successful.

Residents have been invited to buy a personalised brick to leave their mark at the site. More information about how to get involved in the project here

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