Wounded Doncaster war hero plans to 'drive sheep and geese over North Bridge at rush hour'

Wounded war hero Ben Parkinson MBE plans to celebrate being honoured with the Freedom of Doncaster in a rather unusual way.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 7:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:19 am
Ben Parkinson on a charity walk.
Ben Parkinson on a charity walk.

For the injured paratrooper plans to drive sheep and geese over North Bridge at rush hour.

The quirky act is a tribute to the honour's ancient rights and privileges, which in many cases gave those who received it the right to graze their sheep in public.

The 32-year-old Bessacarr man said: "I'm going to buy some geese and sheep and graze them on the Town Fields and drive them over North Bridge at rush hour.

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"I'm very proud. The people of Doncaster and Yorkshire have been very good to me so it is like a recognition of all that."

Ben was nearly killed when a Taliban bomb went off while serving in Afghanistan in 2006 but since then he has completed a series of challenges to raise money for charities which support wounded servicemen and women.

The most recent event saw him kayaking 250 miles along the Yukon River in Canada. This has done despite horrific injuries including the loss of both legs and brain damage.

He has now been nominated for the Freedom of Doncaster award - the highest honour a council can bestow upon a citizen - and if the nomination is accepted, it could be confirmed as soon as next month.

Among those to have nominated him is Bobbie Roberts, the chairman of the Doncaster Deaf Trust, who has herself been awarded the Freedom of Doncaster.