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NHS plans to mark 70th anniversary in Doncaster

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Happy birthday NHS!

Plans are being drawn up for a big celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS this summer.

Among the main activities set to arrive in the borough will be an event called NHS70 Doncaster, which will be on Sunday July 8 at the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber healthcare trust's Tickhill Road site.

It will involve staff from all the NHS services in Doncaster, including the Doncaster Royal Infirmary and the GP practices in the borough.

A project group has been set up to hold weekly meetings to organise the event, and they will be inviting entertainers, like singers, dancers and bands to perform at the festival.

Other activities on the day will include a five a side football tournament, a children's fancy dress competition, a bouncy castle, fairground rides, a dog show, stalls and a tea room. There will be a marquee looking back at the last 70 years of the NHS.

In the meantime, organisers are also keen to hear of anyone with any memorabilia dating back over the last 70 years of the NHS that they may be able to feature in the exhibition which will form part of the celebrations.

Meanwhile, this year is not just the 70th anniversary of the formation of the the NHS - it also marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the original Donaster Royal Infirmary, at the junction of Wood street and Whittaker Street in the town centre.

Most of the current Donacster Royal Infirmary was built in the 1960s.

There are plans by the Doncasxter and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust for the publication of a book to mark that anniversary.

Have you got a story to tell about the NHS in 1948? Email david.kessen@jpress.co.uk or call 01302 348502.