FOR 100 years the Robertson Park rotunda has been a gathering point for community celebrations.
But tomorrow the rotunda will be the centre of attention when it celebrates its 100th birthday.
The City of Orange Brass Band has been working with community groups for the last few months to arrange a fitting celebration.
City of Orange Brass Band president Kathy Gott said the rotunda had played an integral part in the social and cultural celebrations of Orange, so it was important to invite as many community groups as possible to participate.
“For that reason we have invited groups of all abilities and all ages to perform,” she said.
The Canobolas Highland Pipe Band will launch the celebration at 11am and everyone is invited.
The first rotunda in Orange was constructed in 1908 in Cook Park and was a gathering point for the brass band.
“That is why it has remained a focal point for brass band celebrations over the years,” Ms Gott said.
However, the Robertson Park rotunda has taken on a broader focus over the last 100 years.
“For example, after World War II it was a place for cultural gatherings where refugees escaping war-torn Europe gathered and were welcomed to Orange,” Ms Gott said.
The rotunda was built with funds raised by the town band Orange and was originally located closer to Summer Street.
However, it was relocated to more stable ground in the centre of the park.