Cliftonville bandstand still exists though it's a modern reconstruction of the original Victorian one shown on this card dated 1908. Cliftonville is a very near neighbour of Margate, once the holiday destination of choice for many Londoners. In the foreground you can see a row of deckchairs. Margate was the first resort (in 1898) to offer deckchairs for hire. Incidentally the town was also the first to have donkey rides on the beach (1890).
The Deal bandstand no longer exists. This unused card was published by JW&S Portsmouth who were publishing from 1903 to 1914. I think the bandstand must have been demolished after WWII when a lot of reconstruction had to be done. It had certainly gone by the 1950s, as far as I can tell.
This final picture, obviously, is a much more recent postcard. It shows the band of the Royal Marines playing beside the Deal Memorial Bandstand - too small to shelter them all - built just over ten years ago.
Deal has had a long history of association with the Royal Marines. The Barracks in the town date back to 1794 and later housed the Royal Marines School of Music. In 1989 the IRA bombed the barracks killing 11 bandsmen. It was decided that the best memorial to the bandsmen would be to build a new bandstand. It was made possible by donations and it opened in May 1993. Each year the Royal Marines band returns (they moved to Portsmouth in 1996) to play a concert to a huge crowd.
A post for Sepia Saturday.