A day of family fun in Doncaster as town hosts Yorkshire Day

The handover of the Yorkshire Flag for Yorkshire Flag day takes place at Mansion House Doncaster. The Mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Cllr John Taylor hands over the flag to Civic Mayor Cllr Pat Haith

The handover of the Yorkshire Flag for Yorkshire Flag day takes place at Mansion House Doncaster. The Mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Cllr John Taylor hands over the flag to Civic Mayor Cllr Pat Haith

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Doncaster will fly the flag for Yorkshire Day this Saturday - after being chosen to host the event on behalf of the county.

It is the first time the town has been selected to host the official celebration since 1994.

The day will kick off when civic mayor, councillor Paul Wray, will conduct a Skype chat with ex-patriots in New Zealand at 8am. He said: “I would encourage everyone across the borough to come out and enjoy Yorkshire Day in Doncaster.”

This will be followed by a gathering of civic leaders, sponsors, Yorkshire Society members and the Armthorpe Elmfield Band at the Civic Office at 8.30pm.

A parade will then form near to Doncaster College at 10.10am before marching to Doncaster Minster for a service of celebration, followed by a civic lunch at The Hub.

Members of the public can enjoy afternoon tea at the Mansion House from noon to 4pm.

Doncaster Museum will be hosting the 51st re-enactors who will be posing as the Light Bobs (Napoleonic War-era) in honour of the Battle of Waterloo. There will also be various attractions at Doncaster Market.

Lakeside Village will be taking shoppers on an ‘underground’ adventure as part of the celebrations from 11am to 4pm, with a replica cave filled with over 90ft of tunnels twists and turns. Cheryl Sadler, centre manager, said: “With Yorkshire’s amazing geology and outstanding caves, we felt it was a great way to pay tribute to our region.”

Doncaster’s ex-civic mayor Pat Haith received the Yorkshire flag earlier this year from officials from last year’s host South Kirkby and Moorthorpe.

Yorkshire Day was previously celebrated as Minden Day to mark the anniversary of a British-led victory against a French army in 1759.

But in 1975 civic leaders decided to broaden it’s scope to celebrate everything great about Yorkshire.