Family fun show comeback plans

The MTL Security Dog Display Team entertain the crowds at the 1999 Doncaster Show
The MTL Security Dog Display Team entertain the crowds at the 1999 Doncaster Show

PLANS for the rebirth of the once popular Doncaster Show are underway.

Members of the Lions community groups in the borough and Doncaster Deaf Trust have teamed up to stage the entertaining event with hopes of making it an annual attraction.

The show used to be held across various venues in the borough including Town Field, Cantley Park and Cusworth Hall, however there has not been one for about the last ten years.

Organisers want to give the once popular event a rebirth and have plans to stage classic car shows, pet competitions, stalls, crafts, emergency services demonstrations and other family fun entertainment as part of a two-day festival.

Barry Goforth, secretary of the Thorne Rural Lions branch, said meetings had been held with several bodies to help put together the festival at Doncaster Deaf Trust’s site in Leger Way. The event will be staged on the site’s fields as well as featuring indoor activities.

He said: “After speaking to a lot of people, they seemed to miss the fact that Doncaster used to have its own free show with lots to do for the family.

“We decided that the Lions could help to organise something and we got together with the deaf trust who were really keen. We’ve decided to call it The Lions’ Doncaster Show.

“We want to make it a really good family event. We’re inviting interested parties to show their support by sponsoring us and having stalls at the event.

“That’s what we do, we help out the community and this show will be another example of that.

“We know this year will be a learning curve but we’re hoping that it will be a success and that we can make it a yearly event with more and more attractions on offer each time.”

Further planning meetings are being held with the next taking place at the deaf trust’s headquarters on February 22 at 7.30pm.

Those interested in having stalls or sponsoring the show are welcome to attend.

The show will be held on September 1 and 2 of this year.