New life for old market stalls

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A piece of Doncaster’s history is now preserved at The Mason Arms, 22 Market Place. The freshly refurbished court yard of the pub, in fact, has a new decking built using the old market stalls.

The stalls of one of the biggest markets of the North have in fact been demolished as part of the council’s redevelopment plan. The £1 million project funded by the Government’s Local Economic Growth Initiative should give new life to the market in Autumn.

Chris Barker, manager at The Mason Arms, said: “Well, the stalls were going to be thrown away, we thought it’d be a good idea to recycle them.”

This is not an isolated case. DIY creatives build amazing pieces of furniture such as coffee tables, chairs, sofas, garden sheds and even flooring with unused pallets. The pub’s recycling idea fits perfectly the new trend.

The decking has a place of honour in the back yard of the pub, covered by a gazebo and surrounded by green plants.

Tables and chairs face the stage where Doncaster drinkers can find different types of entertainment every week.

With the nice weather, music lovers can sit outside enjoying live performances every Friday, with different bands playing acoustic and soft rock.

Disco fans can come along on Saturdays for the DJ set.

The Mason Arms is also a hangout for the folk club, entertaining guests with folk music every Tuesday.

Thursday is the Open Mic day, where everybody can jump on the stage and show what they can do.

Another weekly appointment is with Julien Beuve every Wednesday for Salsa classes. The course for the beginners starts at 7.30pm, while the advanced one is at 8.30pm. No reservation is required for the latin dance lessons.

Sipped in the sunshine or in the evening breeze on a piece of Doncater’s history, of course, the pub’s speciality is real ale.