Mallard flag hoisted aloft at Doncaster’s Mansion House

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Staff at Doncaster Tourism got to grips with ‘flying the flag’ for Mallard 75 as they hoisted the Mallard 75 banner from the Mansion House.

The flag will top the historic building, built in 1749 for the duration of the countdown to the Mallard 75 celebrations.

As the birthplace of Mallard, Doncaster is definitely counting down the days until the 75th anniversary celebrations of the locomotive’s world-record breaking run.

The whole county of Yorkshire showed its support for the National Railway Museum’s ‘Mallard 75’ celebrations last weekend as the nation counts down 75 days to the 75th anniversary of Doncaster built locomotive legend Mallard capturing the world speed record, by illuminating Clifford’s Tower in York with a stunning projected image of an art-deco style Mallard.

Clifford’s Tower is almost all that remains of York Castle, which was originally built by William the Conqueror.

Colin Joy, Tourism Manager at Doncaster Tourism said: “We are literally ‘flying the flag’ for the Mallard 75 celebrations at our historic Mansion House.

“Doncaster is proud of being the city that gave Mallard and its sisters to the world and we are hoping to run a number of events celebrating the anniversary and our railway heritage including a special exhibition at the Doncaster Museum showcasing Cuneo masterpiece Giants Refreshed and other Gresley A4-related artefacts.”

HRH, The Prince of Wales is Patron of Mallard 75, the museum’s spectacular season of events and activities in 2013/14 marking 75 years since Mallard broke the world steam speed record.

On 3 July, the calendar anniversary of Mallard’s record breaking run, Mallard and her five surviving sister A4 Pacific Class locomotives will be gathered together around the Great Hall turntable in the National Railway Museum in York - a sight never seen before. Two of the Doncaster-built locomotives, Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower have been temporarily repatriated from North America to take part in the anniversary celebrations of Mallard securing the world speed crown for all time.