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Refurbishment of the King's Square bandstand in Saint John is expected to be completed by mid-summer. (Courtesy of Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon)

The King's Square bandstand in Saint John is about to be refurbished with more than $100,000 from an anonymous donor.

The century-old landmark will be fully restored, said former city mayor Norm McFarlane, who has been asked to front the project.

"It's going back to the original fountain that was in it, completely redoing the floor and completely redoing the whole thing back to its original state," he said.

The work is expected to begin in early May and should be completed by mid-summer, said McFarlane.

It will include:

  • Installing a new fountain and marble base.
  • Cleaning and restoring the copper roof.
  • Painting, sandblasting and cleaning the structure and fittings.
  • Upgrading electrical, lighting and ventilation.
  • Installing a rolling ladder for access to the second level.

"King's Square is a key link to our past and a vital part of our future," Mayor Mel Norton said in a statement on Monday night after council passed a resolution to accept the anonymous donation.

"The bandstand was a generous gift from the City Coronet Band [in 1909] and thanks to this generous gift, this icon of the city will once gain be a source of entertainment and culture in the heart of our uptown," he said.

The formal name of the bandstand is the King Edward VII Memorial Bandstand.

The City Coronet Band was formed in 1847 and was one of the city's foremost marching bands. It folded in 1986.