A day of family fun promised as Doncaster hosts Yorkshire Day

The handover of the Yorkshire Flag. The mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Cllr John Taylor hands over the flag to former civic mayor Cllr Pat Haith.
The handover of the Yorkshire Flag. The mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Cllr John Taylor hands over the flag to former civic mayor Cllr Pat Haith.

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.

Various town centre venues, including The Mansion House and Civic Offices, will be the focal points of the festivities and there will also be a ceremonial procession around the town centre as well as a formal dinner at Doncaster College.

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: “Yorkshire Day is a fantastic tradition which celebrates all that is great about our county and its culture.

“The date alludes to the Battle of Minden which was won by the King’s Own Light Yorkshire Infantry so there is a strong local connection and it is appropriate that we are hosting this year.

“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, macebearers, chauffeurs, sponsors, Yorkshire Society members and the Armthorpe Elmfield Band at the Civic Offices at 8.30pm.

A parade will then form near to The Hub at Doncaster College at 10.10am before marching to Doncaster Minster for a service of celebration to incorporate the ‘Yorkshire Anthem’, played by the Armthorpe Elmfield Band. A civic lunch will follow at The Hub with guest speaker Stephen Smith.

Members of the public can also 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.

Lakeside Village will be taking shoppers on an ‘underground’ adventure as part of the celebrations, with a replica cave filled with over 90ft of tunnels twists and turns to provide a ‘real caving experience’.

Cheryl Sadler, centre manager at Lakeside Village, said: “With Yorkshire’s amazing geology and outstanding caves, such as the White Scare Cave at Ingleton, we felt it was a great way to pay tribute to our region and give our shoppers the chance to get a real caving experience, here in Doncaster.”

Visitors to the event, which runs from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, will also be able to enjoy the craft fair selling local and take part in face painting.

Earlier this year Doncaster took delivery of the Yorkshire flag in a special handover ceremony by civic leaders from West Yorkshire towns South Kirby and Moorthorpe, which hosted last year’s celebrations.

Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975 and since then, a string of towns and cities across the county have been chosen to host the official celebrations by the Yorkshire Society each year.

The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day to mark victory against a French army at the Battle of Minden, in what was formerly Prussia, on August 1 1759.

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

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