Walking through Walpole Park last week I was sorry to see that Ealing Council has recently demolished the open air theatre, which I agree has not been used for some years.
The last time was by the jazz festival before it became the collection of hot dog and fast food stalls it now is.
The theatre would have been erected during the Second World War. At that time open air entertainment such as variety and classical work would have been hugely popular.
It died off in the 1950s with TV and greater access to wider entertainment. It is a great pity that also the ethos of municipal entertainment died some years ago, probably with the Thatcher type cutbacks in town halls.
Ealing Council and its predecessors in Acton and Southall had a fine record of providing first class entertainment in its main halls at a reasonable cost. From top comics to top concert pianists they came to our halls. What a pity that has gone, along with the fine town hall entertainment officers that were in this area; the names of the late John Gilbey and the late Gordon Caleb come to mind.
What a pity the open air theatre was not brought back into use for our schools to perform to the public, open air theatre provided by the excellent Questors, and the jazz festival brought back to its original roots.