CCQ square named after rail pioneer

TAKING SHAPE: The votes have been cast as readers took part in our competition to name the new square which will form the centre-piece of the �300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter development. Picture Liz Mockler
TAKING SHAPE: The votes have been cast as readers took part in our competition to name the new square which will form the centre-piece of the �300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter development. Picture Liz Mockler

IT’S full steam ahead as the Free Press reveals the name of Doncaster’s first public square.

Following scores of text and postal votes from readers to name the new square our readers decided to call it the Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

The attraction will form the centre-piece of the £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) development.

The inspirational name comes from railway pioneer Sir Nigel Gresley who helped put Doncaster on the map by creating legendary steam icons the Flying Scotsman and Mallard.

Sir Nigel Gresley was in a two-horse race with Rockingham - the former Prime Minister, the Marquess of Rockingham who was instrumental in setting up the world’s oldest classic horse race the St Leger in 1776 - with Gresley eventually pipping the other contender to the post.

Doncaster’s mayor Peter Davies was delighted with the readers’ choice.

He thanked everyone who had taken part in the Free Press competition which was run in conjunction with Doncaster Council.

Mr Davies said: “One of Doncaster’s most famous railway pioneers will be commemorated in this new square.

“Hopefully the square is going to be a real asset for the town when it opens and will attract people to socialise, enjoy themselves and go to the theatre.

“At some point we might be able to get some kind of funding for a statue of Sir Nigel when more money becomes available.”

Readers who put forward the name will now get to see their selection at a special ceremony as the Sir Nigel Gresley Square is unveiled at a celebration to tie in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The CCQ is set to transform the Waterdale area of the town centre. A £20 million performance venue which will include 600 seats, drama and dance studios and a cafe as well as new council offices are also being built.