Entertainment in the Park
A bandstand was brought from the Newcastle Northeast Coast Exhibition of 1929 and erected at the bottom of tree covered bank side. This location gave a perfect view of the bandstand and all the famous bands that played there. Mr. George Brown took his role as band steward very seriously. Dressed in tail suit and high silk hat and white gloves, he made announcements and took requests from the audience.
Older people recall the days of 'Howden Show held in the Park and were very sorry when 1934 saw the end of Show Days. The beginning of Show Day saw special trains bringing people to Howden Station, wagons brought livestock from the station to the field. Horses were tethered to the top fence; there were tents for small livestock and flowers. After the 'Show Day' ceased the park was still used as the venue for Carnivals, Sports Days, Tennis Matches, Football Matches and Band Concerts. Travelling show-people often visited with their amusement stalls and rides.
Today, the park is still regularly used by people exercising their dogs, cyclists on improvised tracks, pedestrians, and by elderly, local Walking Club members on organised strolls.
Paths and tracks are well surfaced and easily followed. The area is very natural and informal, with mature trees, an area of open playing field, and, in the valley, the Beechburn stream. There is an abundance of wildlife and Jubilee Park remains a great asset to the village.