Celebration events kick off to mark Mexborough Market relaunch

Mexborough Outdoor Market. Picture: Andrew Roe
Mexborough Outdoor Market. Picture: Andrew Roe

Two community events will give a nod to the past while ushering in a new era to celebrate the relaunch of Mexborough Market.

The ‘Mexborough Celebration Day’ and ‘Mexborough Market 40th Birthday Gala’ will be held to help mark the unveiling of Mexborough Market, which has undergone a £470, 000 redevelopment.

Both events will usher in a new dawn for the market, while also celebrating it’s history as this month marks 40 years since it opened.

An action packed day of family fun is promised at the celebration day event today from 10am onwards.

More than 30 stalls will line the High Street and the Mexborough Now and Then and Mexborough and District Heritage Society groups will be present with a display of 70s-era pictures. A classic car will also be making its way through the town centre.

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones will be cutting the ribbon to officially open the new market at 10.15am.

There will also be a fun fair, tom bola, magician, Punch and Judy show and football coaching sessions.

Youngsters from Kids Du Care will be performing dance routines from a stage, which will also play music throughout the day.

Sue Phillips, chair of event organisers’ Positive Action Group at Mexborough Community Partnership, said: “This is a great chance to have a look at the market and to come along for a day of family fun.

“We need to make the most of our market and town centre.

“I would like to see as many people as possible come along to mark this important event.”

A similar day of family fun is promised just over a week later for the ‘Mexborough Market 40th Birthday Gala’ on Saturday, August 29.

Visitors can expect to see a range of stalls and attractions.

Councillor Bev Chapman, of the Mexborough First political party, said: “We are inviting as many people as possible to come down and enjoy everything great about the market.”

Modern rigid stalls have replaced the older models on the outdoor market and some pop-up stalls have also been introduced, along with new planters and improved access.

Doncaster Council has led the redevelopment work and bosses said the relaunch “signals an exciting new chapter in the history of the market” and will “create a better experience for shoppers and traders.”

Mayor Jones said: “I am delighted that redevelopment work on Mexborough Market has been so efficient that we are able to welcome traders and shoppers back ahead of schedule. This will allow everyone to enjoy the new and improved market for the peak of the summer and I am sure that local people will welcome these fantastic new enhancements. I would like to thank traders for their patience while this work was ongoing and I hope as many people as possible will join me to celebrate the reopening of the new and improved market.”