The historic Cassiobury bandstand has been taken away for a revamp.

Due to open in September in its original 1920s location, the bandstand will have a new colour scheme using the colours from the Capell family coat of arms.

The Capell family were the Earls of Essex who lived at Cassiobury House between the mid-1600s and late 1800s.

Work to remove the bandstand from its current location started this week.

It is being taken to the Lost Art workshop, a conservation and restoration metalwork specialist where it will receive a new soundboard, a restored rood and a lick of paint.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “The Cassiobury Park restoration project is underway and the bandstand is a fantastic bit of the park’s history that we have the pleasure of not only returning, but revamping and using.”

The Hill & Smith bandstand was originally opened on September 20, 1912 by the Artizan Staff Band.

It was very popular and at its peak first class military bands performed to crowds of more than 1,500 people.

But by the 1970 the bandstand was in a sad state and relocated to the civic square next to Watford Central Library.