VIDEO: Train station poem celebrates Doncaster’s Dignity

A poem celebrating Doncaster was officially launched on Thursday in celebration of National Poetry Day.

Self-funded installation Doncaster’s Dignity by Paul Luke welcomes commuters and residents at Doncaster’s train station.

Paul Luke

Paul Luke

Paul, a Leeds College of Art lecturer, said: “I wrote ‘Doncaster’s Dignity’ about four years ago at a time when Doncaster was receiving its fair share of negative publicity.

“My aim was to restore a sense of dignity in the town and its people in the form of a personalised poem. The information in the poem is based on facts and events belonging to the town which will hopefully be used as an educational landmark for present and future generations”.

The poem’s central themes are nostalgia, sincerity, diversity and also the town’s role as an important portal for the rest of the country due to its geographically central position.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones carried out the official launch. She said: “I am proud of our town’s rich history, the many things we have to offer at the moment and our bright future.

“It is fantastic to be able to celebrate the town in this way and share the positive with people from across the country and our residents who regularly use this station.”

Paul, of Town Moor, added: “I want to thank East Coast Mainline and Doncaster Council for their help and genuine support. The station was always the ideal location for the artwork to be placed as it remains the ‘Highway of Danum Descent’ as referred to in the first line of the poem.”

East Coast trains spokesman John Gelson said: “Paul’s work is already proving a big talking point with passengers and staff at Doncaster station.

“We’re delighted to have been able to display it in such a high-profile location. Many thousands of rail passengers will see, pause and reflect on the positive aspects of Doncaster’s regeneration.”