Doncaster goes purple as bid for city status is submitted

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Today is the day we submit our bid for Doncaster to become a city.

Following a campaign backed by Doncaster communities, businesses and young people, Doncaster today officially submits its bid to become a city through the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To mark the occasion, community and business venues are being encouraged to light up their buildings in purple, or for people to wear purple on Wednesday 8 December and to share photos on social media using the campaign hashtag #GoingForItDN.

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Amongst the buildings and places lighting up in purple for the day are: Mansion House, Corn Exchange, Cusworth Hall, Savoy Theatre, Wool Market, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Silver Street and Lakeside shopping complex. Staff at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre will also be dressed in purple.

Representatives from Team Doncaster visit the Mansion House to mark the official city status bid submission dateRepresentatives from Team Doncaster visit the Mansion House to mark the official city status bid submission date
Representatives from Team Doncaster visit the Mansion House to mark the official city status bid submission date

The honour of city status is granted through a competition for UK towns held to coincide with significant royal milestones, this time as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, next year.

Doncaster’s bid has been compiled by Team Doncaster, a strategic partnership of organisations from across the public, private, voluntary, community and faith sectors in the borough.

Dan Fell, Chief Executive of Doncaster Chamber, said: “The bid highlights all sorts of fantastic ways that Doncaster already looks and feels like a city, including our sporting teams and facilities, rich heritage, vibrant culture and arts offering and thriving, diverse business community.

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“It has been a pleasure to hear people from many different businesses and communities voice their support for Doncaster through the “Going for City Doncaster” campaign. I hope those assessing the City Status bids recognise this groundswell of support and also understand that making Doncaster a City is a terrific way of delivering on the Government’s

‘levelling up’ agenda.”

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster and chair of Team Doncaster partnership, added: “Lots of people I meet already think we are a city – and we are in all but name. I am immensely proud of Doncaster. I know Doncaster is already on the map for so many brilliant things and certainly this royal stamp of approval will boost our fortunes even further.

“It has been great to see and hear so many people from all different communities showing their support for Doncaster, and sharing what they love about the borough. By submitting this bid we hope to bring new opportunities and a fantastic legacy for future generations of Doncaster’s young people to benefit from.”

All three Doncaster MPs have thrown their weight behind the bid

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Doncaster North MP Ed Milliband MP said: “Doncaster has an incredibly proud heritage and it also has a vision for the future - a vision which is prosperous fair and Green. Doncaster is an incredible place it's a centre for transport and industry its got amazing people . We host major sporting events . We are a city in all but name. But we want to make it official . And that's why we're bidding for city status.”

Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central added : “Doncaster is dynamic. It's distinguished it's diverse and it's divine. We are determined to do this so join us and back the City Status bid.”

Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher: “Doncaster is a city in all but name and what a great opportunity to shout about our town . So scrap the politics, let's all come together and back the city bid for Doncaster. Our Mayor is backing the bid and I am too.”

Cheryl Williams, Director at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said: “It has been great to see people of all ages, and all communities get behind this bid and show their support for Doncaster. Being recognised as a city will bring a wealth of opportunities – raising the profile of the area as a destination for tourism and for new and growing business and investment, as well as strengthening our voice at a national level. It will really help to reinforce and further the great progress that has been made in recent years.”

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Suzy Brain England, Chair of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “With a new hospital, in a new Doncaster City we’ll be able to attract the most talented healthcare professionals in the sector, providing the highest standards of care to the people and communities of Doncaster. This really is what Doncaster deserves.”

Glyn Butcher, People Focused Group (PFG) Peer Ambassador, said: “I was born in Doncaster Royal Infirmary and grew up in Denaby. Doncaster is a big place with a big heart that puts people’s health and wellbeing at the centre of everything it does. Becoming a city will help to galvanise all our communities, spreading love, care and compassion, and uniting everyone with one vision - giving them hope and purpose which we all need after the past few years.”

College student and Doncaster Young Advisor, Courtney Helsby, said: “Courtney Helsby, Doncaster Young Advisor, said: “I’ve only lived in Doncaster for a short period of time but I can honestly say I feel truly welcome here. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of this bid and backing it means giving the people of Doncaster a city that wants to strive for goals and ambitions to make Doncaster even greater and a place we all want to be a part of even more. I’m backing the bid”

Jennifer Rodrigues of Doncaster Chamber, said: “Doncaster has grown so much in the last few years and has a beautiful mix of everything. Achieving City Status just seems like the next logical step.

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"I moved to Doncaster five years ago from India and I've seen first hand how much Doncaster has grown in the past couple of years literally by leaps and bounds. Achieving City Status just seems like the next logical step.

I can't imagine a plce where I would more want my children to work study and grow. It has a beautiful mix of everything you would want in a place. I just can't wait to see what more is in store for Doncaster. Fingers crossed we will get City status.”