Mayor Ros Jones’ column: We’re backing our armed forces

Armed Forces Day in Doncaster.  Leading the parade and march, the Corps of Drums based at Danum Road led by Drum Major Robyn Holdridge from Hyde Park.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Armed Forces Day in Doncaster. Leading the parade and march, the Corps of Drums based at Danum Road led by Drum Major Robyn Holdridge from Hyde Park. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Tomorrow is national Armed Forces Day and once again Doncaster will be showing its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Doncaster’s celebrations will be in and around Sir Nigel Gresley Square, with a military march through the town centre, before a series of events in the square.

There will also be free face painting, a military assault course, paintballing, live entertainment, refreshments and stalls.

The parade will travel along Waterdale; College Road; Duke Street; St Sepulchre Gate; High Street (with a salute at the Mansion House at 10am); Wood Street and back to Sir Nigel Gresley Square. People can share memories with veterans and look at related displays and exhibits of wartime memorabilia in the Civic Offices reception area.

Unfortunately I am unable to attend this year but the Deputy Mayor and the Civic Mayor, who is also my Veterans’ Champion, will be jointly hosting the day. I am sure there will be a great turn out for what will be a hugely enjoyable event.

In Doncaster we have made good progress in recent years in terms of increased support for Armed Forces Veterans. There are regular drop-in sessions, information and support, and great initiatives such as the free employment support course called Lifeworks, which is being delivered by The Royal British Legion Industries in Doncaster during August.

Meanwhile I am pleased the £470,000 Mexborough Market regeneration project is set to be completed ahead of schedule. New market stalls have been installed, steps replaced to improve access and the market square redesigned to create a larger public open space.

The work is similar to that at Doncaster market and will be a significant improvement to York Square and the town centre. The new market square will be open to the public from next Wednesday, July 1, with the second-hand market on Thursday, July 2, and the first full outdoor market on Friday, July 3.

As well as the new stalls and paving, improved CCTV and tannoys have been installed, while new seating has also been introduced.

I am delighted redevelopment work has been so efficient that we can welcome back traders and shoppers ahead of schedule. This will allow everyone to enjoy the improved market for the peak of summer. I am sure that people will welcome these new enhancements.

There will be an event to officially celebrate the re-opening on August 21 and I am looking forward to seeing the new facilities being put to good use by market traders and local residents.