Fireworks, flags and fancy dress: How Leave voters marked Brexit in Doncaster

Leave voters in Doncaster marked Brexit with fancy dress, flags and fireworks as Britain departed the European Union.

By Darren Burke
Monday, 3rd February 2020, 4:05 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 4:05 pm

Several pubs hosted parties to celebrate Friday’s departure with fireworks being let off across town as the clock struck 11pm.

The Grove Inn on York Road staged a fancy dress party and draped the pub in Union flags and described the event as ‘history in the making.”

On the pub’s Facebook page, a post read: “Thanks to all that came to the Brexit party What a night! History in the making.”

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Bawtry Hall and The Three Horse Shoes pubs were among Doncaster venues to host Brexit celebration events.

The nearby Three Horse Shoes pub on North Bridge also held a party, draping the bar area in flags and describing Brexit as ‘independence day.’

A planned party at Doncaster town centre’s Diamond Live Lounge was cancelled due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ while it is understood members of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party held a private event at Doncaster’s Castle Park rugby ground.

Meanwhile, newly elected Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher was among guests attending a glittering bash at Bawtry Hall to mark Brexit.

Sharing a picture of the celebration party on Twitter, he wrote: “What an amazing evening, what can I say, We Got Brexit Done.

Nick Fletcher MP was among the guests at a Brexit celebration at Bawtry Hall.

“See you all soon and don’t ever forget #doncasterisgreat and so is #donvalleyisgreat.”

Mr Fletcher became Don Valley’s first Conservative MP at the December General Election, ousting Labour’s Caroline Flint, who had held the seat for 22 years.

Church bells across the town remained silent despite calls for Doncaster Minster’s bells to ring out at 11pm to mark Britain’s departure from the European Union after 47 years.

A spokesman said bells were not rung for political reasons – although churchwardens at individual churches were free to make their own decision on ringing bells for Brexit.

Privately, a number of people hosted house parties with some letting off red, white and blue fireworks at 11pm.

Doncaster voted by 69% to 31% to leave the European Union at the 2016 referendum – one of the highest Leave voting areas in not only the north of England but Yorkshire and the whole of Britain.