11 October, 2023

Iconic Bridgeton Umbrella returns to heart of local community after £400,000 restoration

The return of the iconic Bridgeton Umbrella has been marked with a celebration ceremony after significant restoration works on the Category A listed, Victorian era bandstand. The intricate cast iron structure has been a feature and focal point of the local area since it was gifted to the city by a local company in 1875.



Officially called the Bridgeton Cross Clock Tower, it was entirely removed from its location and was restored inside a specialist workshop capable of providing the necessary temperature and humidity conditions for the repair work.


Clyde Gateway enlisted the support of restoration expert James Mitchell from Industrial Heritage Consulting and the intricate work was carried out by Kelsen Special Projects, a specialist Glasgow company with extensive experience of working on cast iron structures.



Local school kids and local writers and performers took part in the celebration ceremony. There were also speeches from local politicians, Alison Thewliss MP and Cllr George Redmond.


The Umbrella was gifted by the Sun Foundry, a local manufacturer of ornamental ironwork, in 1875 to the city of Glasgow. It was repainted prior to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but this was the first time it had been completely removed for restoration works.



Local MP and Chair of Clyde Gateway, Alison Thewliss, said: “The Bridgeton Umbrella is synonymous with the East End of Glasgow and to see it back and looking better than ever is brilliant for Bridgeton.


“The celebration here today recognises the community’s spirit and resilience over its almost 150 year history. The restoration work not only preserves our past but also signifies the bright future of Bridgeton.


“It was heartwarming to see the performances from the local school kids and local artists marking this joyous occasion.”



Local representative, Cllr George Redmond, said: “Seeing the magnificent Bridgeton Umbrella return is a great day for our community. Clyde Gateway has overseen an incredible transformation of the local area. The recently completed New Olympia House which overlooks the bandstand highlights this and shows that encouraging investment and boosting civic pride can go hand in hand.


“Glasgow has seen incredible change since the Bridgeton Umbrella was built and gifted to the city back in 1875. But this landmark stands as a reminder of our history and how far we have come.


“Seeing the local community out today at the ceremony shows just how much it means to locals.”