THE refurbishment of the much-loved Swanage bandstand was celebrated at an official opening ceremony.

Swanage Town Band performed in front of well-wishers after the town crier announced the event throughout the town on Saturday morning.

And they turned out in force for the ceremony, despite poor weather conditions.

The bandstand fell into disrepair many years ago and the roof was removed in 2012.

Plans were announced to knock it down but residents rallied to save it.

The Friends of Swanage Bandstand(FOSB) was formed and became a registered charity.

Since then the group has raised £130,000 towards the £207,000 cost of the necessary work. The town council also pledged a total of £80,000.

FOSB founder Alan Houghton said: "The council said they were going to pull it down but it is a very important asset to the town.

"We collected pledges from organisations and individuals and are delighted today has finally come."

Mr Houghton said residents of the town were determined to help and said local families have many happy memories of the bandstand.

"I can remember when I was a child that the bandstand was a focal point of the carnival.

"It means a lot to the whole town. When we first had a public meeting about it, more than 200 people came."

The bandstand now has a new roof and electricity supply and the stone has been restored.

All that remains is the need to raise money to pay for seating.