Webpage created: July 06, 2017.
Webpage updated: July 06, 2017
One feature of Plymouth Hoe that was not replaced after the Second World War was the Bandstand.
The Bandstand on Plymouth
On Wednesday May 30th 1866 the Western Daily Mercury reported: 'We observe that a commencement has been made in the erection of the (band) platform, a quantity of timber being deposited near the proposed spot, which were appropriated as seats by the nurses of children yesterday'. It is not yet clear if this was referring to the bandstand which it is said was erected in 1880 on the site where the bowling green now stands. This means that either the bandstand was older than at first thought or that it had a predecessor. 
It is also unclear exactly when it was removed to its more familiar site near Smeaton's Tower is unclear. A large number of bands entertained the crowds here.
For example, during the summer of 1938:-
And for the remainder of the season at 3 and 7.45pm on Sundays and 3 and 7.30pm every weekday, weather permitting:-
If the weather intervened, then the concert would be held in the Guildhall and notices to that effect would be posted at The Hoe, Saint Andrew's Cross, The Guildhall, Derry's Clock and in Princess Square.
Sadly the Hoe Bandstand gave way to the necessities of war. It was removed as scrap metal and turned into warplanes, bullets or bombs.
Instead of replacing the bandstand, a large marquee was erected on a different spot and was named the Hoe Summer Theatre. This became the home of the innumerable band concerts that followed the end of the Second World War.