Grand pride: Councillors Donald Nannestad, Karen Lee, the Mayor of Lincoln, and Neil Murray
The Grandstand on Carholme Road has now reopened for community use after renovations worth £100,000.
The work included replacement of external timber, repairs to roof tiles and copings, and a full re-paint of the exterior including railings and the sign, which is also part of the Grade II listed building.
This latest work follows several improvements over the last year, including a refurbished kitchen, new carpet and internal decoration.
A plaque denoting a royal link was unveiled in celebration of the refurbishment of the Grandstand Community Centre.
The link with the royal family was made when a similar plaque was discovered before renovation work started in March 2012.
The original plaque states that the Grandstand was built in 1897, the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. The new plaque notes:
“Restored by the City of Lincoln Council in 2012 the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth 11’s reign. Completed by Lindum bms at the time of her Diamond Jubilee”
The old plaque is situated at the back of the Grandstand
City Councillor Neil Murray said: “The Grandstand is such an important building to people who live, work and visit our city and it’s absolutely fantastic to see it restored.
“The Grandstand was the final building on the route that the Olympic Torch Relay took through Lincoln, providing a stunning backdrop as the Flame headed on its journey.”
Councillor Donald Nannestad added: “It’s especially pleasing that we’ve been able to carry out this work in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, providing a link to when the Grandstand was built – in the year of Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee.”
Photos by Joshua Potter for The Lincolnite