We salute you! Town’s tribute to our heroes

DONCASTER has signed up to a campaign to support military heroes as part of the borough’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The town has joined the national Heroes Welcome initiative which pledges support and aid for military personnel and veterans as well as their families.

Members of the armed forces salute the dignitaries at the Mansion House.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2691LM

Members of the armed forces salute the dignitaries at the Mansion House. Picture: Liz Mockler D2691LM

News of Doncaster joining the scheme was announced on Saturday as hundreds lined the streets to applaud our personnel in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force - including Afghanistan war hero Ben Parkinson, 28, from Bessacarr.

Doncaster Council organised the fun-filled day of activities, which began with a 300-strong parade from the Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

Elected mayor Peter Davies said he was delighted with the turnout and urged businesses to sign up to Heroes Welcome.

He added: “This scheme is an opportunity for shops and businesses to show support for serving Armed Forces personnel all year round by offering a warm welcome, service upgrade, special acknowledgement or discount.

“It is entirely up to each individual shop or business what, if any discount or upgrade is offered, but they will be given a Heroes Welcome logo to display at their premises to demonstrate that in Doncaster the efforts of our Armed Forces are appreciated.”

After Saturday’s parade and service at Doncaster Minster, it was time for fun and games on the church lawn as children enjoyed a fun fair and games.

The event ended with a bugler sounding the Last Post and the flag being lowered after a two minutes’ silence.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said: “Armed Forces Day is an important national event and Saturday’s parade gave the people of Doncaster the chance to honour and celebrate both our serving soldiers and our veterans.”

For details of Heroes Welcome, visit Heroes Welcome