The Theatre Square bandstand has been given an 'out of this world' makeover thanks toof a prominent local artist. 

The bandstand near the Wyvern Theatre had become run-down and drab over the years but after three days of work from a local artist leading up to the Jubilee, it has been transformed. 

Billy Beaumont, who made headlines last year for transforming a school playground into a vibrant lagoon, was commissioned by InSwindon BID and turned the structure's ceiling into a sprawling galaxy of stars. 

"I was asked by inSwindon BID if I could renovate the pavilion/bandstand in theatre square, together with an art piece of a night sky on the ceiling, all to be completed in time for the jubilee celebrations," he said. 

"It took me three days to complete and I was given plenty of support from InSwindon BID and residents of Swindon during the work which was gratefully received.

"This included tea, water, doughnuts and an interest in the history of the bandstand. A few even picked up a paintbrush to help."

The bandstand is notable because it is where the Queen stood when she visited Swindon in 1971 to inaugurate the town's ill-fated Civic Centre.

Now, following the makeover, it is set to be used for storytelling for children via the central library as well as outdoor events that will work in conjunction with the outdoor projectors that were recently installed. 

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"We went with a colour scheme of royal blue and gold for the main frame, to reflect that the queen had stood under the bandstand back in 1971," the artist added.

"And then we went for a supernova black ceiling with a galaxy on each roof panel. I then finished off by individually painting 2 sized stars and detailing them on the Friday morning of the Jubilee.

Billy's artwork can be seen all over Swindon, including a piece already at Theatre Square - the Swindon, Then, When and Now mural.

He also painted a mural at Crowdys Hill School based on the story from New Zealand mythology, Rata and the Tree.

InSwindon Bid has confirmed it is happy with the finished result, posting about it on social media. 

"We are delighted to have commissioned local artist, Billy Beaumont for our latest project.

"In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Theatre Square bandstand is looking amazing after a much-needed makeover."