My View, Chris Hone - Leopard is ready to roar back

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This Monday, August 25 we will be proud to reopen the doors of The Leopard pub in West Street.

The Leopard is one of Doncaster’s best known pubs and we’ve worked hard to create a plan which will breathe life back into the place.

The Leopard pub, West Street, Doncaster

The Leopard pub, West Street, Doncaster

The pub will reopen on Bank Holiday Monday with a new menu, and live music on the evening will come from Simon Townshend.

Simon is a British guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the younger brother of The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, and is most associated with The Who and the various side projects of its members.

We’ve already got a number of gigs and performances lined up to take place over the next few months and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from local businesses, musicians and other landlords in the area.

Doncaster Conferencing, Catering and Events Ltd (DCCE) run the gigs, conferences and bars for Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust and have great relationships with promoters and musicians.

Over the years we’ve brought great music to Doncaster with acts including The Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, The Strokes and Travis.

The Leopard has for decades been one of the borough’s highest-profile venues for music and played an important role in Doncaster and we will build on this and bring the area back to life.

It is an established live music venue and pub which will be a great addition to the DCCE family.

On the line up following Peter Townshend, we’ve got NOASIS, the nation’s favourite Oasis tribute band performing on September 19 and Bad Manners with Max Splodge on December 16.

We are looking to work with all pubs in the West Street area to develop a plan which will attract more people to the area and help to grow the economy.

While The Leopard was predominantly known for live music we intend to broaden its scope to offer comedy and cinema.

We will also be looking to offer rehearsal space for local bands and groups.

Our aim is also to create a great place where people can meet, eat and relax in a good social setting.

We’ll be showing sports and will have a pool table and table tennis area.

Book clubs, social groups, arts and creative meetings will all be welcome at The Leopard.

We are really looking forward to opening the doors on Monday and welcoming back old customers and introducing new customers to The Leopard.

* Chris Hone, Doncaster Conferencing, Catering and Events spokesman