Flowers to mark rail anniversary

The special 3D floral sculpture of Doncaster's famous Mallard steam locomotive.
The special 3D floral sculpture of Doncaster's famous Mallard steam locomotive.

The legendary Mallard steam engine is being commemorated in Doncaster - in floral form.

The work has been placed on the Sidings roundabout at the Carr House Road, White Rose Way and Trafford Way junction near the town centre.

The display celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mallard becoming the fastest steam locomotive in the world, on July 3, 1938. The engine, built at the Doncaster Plant Works, in Hexthorpe, reached 126mph along the East Coast Main Line - a record that still stands today.

The driver Joe Duddington and his fireman Thomas Bray who helped Mallard shape history that day were also from Doncaster.

The sculpture consists of around 20,000 individual plants and measures about eight metres in length by one and half metres in height.

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for culture and tourism, said: “I am delighted Doncaster’s railway heritage and our famous Mallard locomotive has been honoured in such a unique way. Doncaster has a proud and long standing history of designing and building some of the world’s greatest steam locomotives.”