Steel columns have played an important role during the makeover of the busiest bandstand in the UK, which itself is famously topped by a steel spire.

Eastbourne Borough Council have announced that Eastbourne Bandstand, a 1,600-seater venue with an arena and upper and middle balconies, is due to reopen on May 2nd with a celebratory firework display and an Abba tribute show.

Tracey McNulty, senior head of tourism and leisure at the council, said: “As the busiest bandstand in the UK, this is not only a key entertainment venue on the south coast, but a magnificent landmark on our seafront which we must treasure.”

Following the Abba night, a season of some 100+ concerts has been scheduled, including nights themed around James Bond and Downton Abbey.

During the £245,000 project to replace corroded metalwork on the structure, steel columns have supported the front of the stage.

New columns and ceiling, lights and a new finial have all been added as part of the first phase of restoration work, with the new finial reflecting the tall spire of the bandstand’s original design.