Pontypool Bandstand

Pontypool Bandstand

The bandstand, in the park of Pontypool, was built in the memory of Sidney Tudor Roderick (1868 – 1929). It was opened officially on Thursday, 30th July 1931, by Mr. Arthur James, J. P. C. C., Honorary Local Fuel Overseer, Pontypool.

A black and white image of the bandstand in Pontypool park.

The Bandstand in Pontypool Park

Attached to the base of the bandstand, a brass plaque records that:-

THIS BANDSTAND WAS ERECTED BY
PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MEMORY OF
SIDNEY TUDOR RODERICK
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LONG SERVICES
TO MUSIC IN PONTYPOOL AS COMPOSER,
CONDUCTOR AND ORGANISER.

A. D. MDCCCCXXXI.

In memory of Sidney Roderick. The plaque of the Pontypool bandstand.

Sidney Tudor Roderick | In Recognition of His Long Services to Music in Pontypool

Sidney Roderick led the Pontypool Military Band as conductor for more than forty years. Regarded as the town’s greatest musician and composer, his work was admired beyond Pontypool.

Black and white photograph of Pontypool Bandstand.

Pontypool Bandstand

The Pontypool Military Band joined the 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment, in France during the Great War and some of the band members were decorated with the D. C. M. and Croix de Guerre.

This restored photograph, taken during the early 1900s, shows the forty-plus members of the Battalion Band with their leader, Sidney Roderick, fifth from the right in the centre of the picture.

Sidney Roderick and the Pontypool Military Brass Band.

Pontypool Military Band | Restored Photograph Taken Early 1900s

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