Why the Free Press is backing the bid for city status for Doncaster

The Free Press today declares our determination to support the bid for Doncaster to gain city status next year.

By Liam Hoden
Friday, 29th October 2021, 10:43 am
Updated Friday, 29th October 2021, 10:44 am
Doncaster. Picture: NDFP-26-10-21-Doncaster 4-NMSY
Doncaster. Picture: NDFP-26-10-21-Doncaster 4-NMSY

We have joined with organisations from across the borough to create Team Doncaster and formulate the strongest bid possible for the honour, which will come as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The decision to back the bid was not done so on a whim.

No doubt there will be plenty of residents asking ‘what’s the point of it?’ Let me assure you that we asked the very same question.

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We’ve got the airport, the racecourse, the wildlife park. We’re at the heart of an incredible distribution network thanks to the phenomenal transport links. What more do we need?

Well, in our opinion, we always need more. And any possible advantage towards getting more should be explored.

Doncaster has a tremendous amount going for it and each year seems to gain something new to be proud of.

But it also finds itself in the shadow of two major cities, sitting in the north of England which we all know full well has a tough time in competition with our friends in the south.

City status will not transform Doncaster overnight. But it has the ability to give the borough a leg up when it comes to the competition for investment and tourism which will continue to drive us forward.

As well as the status, the bid and campaign themselves have the opportunity to do really positive things for the borough.

The focus is on pride in Doncaster and celebrating what is special about this place and its people. At the Free Press we will never miss an opportunity to do that.

There will no doubt be detractors, insisting there are far more worthy causes to be focusing attention on in the town.

And those people are not wrong.

There are incredibly important problems facing individuals, neighbourhoods and the entire population on the environment, employment, welfare, crime, social issues and much more that simply must be addressed and sorted.

As always, we want to highlight and do all we can to fix these issues.

What we want more than anything is for Doncaster to emerge from this bidding process even stronger, regardless of the outcome.

We’ve got a brilliant town but it can always get better.

Liam Hoden

Editor, Doncaster Free Press.


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