It’s all happening in Doncaster town centre this week with military and sporting parades as well as a cavalcade of classic vehicles.
The excitement starts tomorrow when the world famous Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards marches through Doncaster and tops off the day with a charity performance at Doncaster School for the Deaf.
The regiment will formally ‘lay up’ its colours in a service at The Minster at 11.30am, to which members of the public are invited. The Guards will parade to The Minster from Sir Nigel Gresley Square, where they step off at 10.20am and march via Wood Street and High Street. The Civic Mayor will take the salute at the Mansion House at 10.30am.
And on Saturday Doncaster Council is to host a victory parade and civic reception for Doncaster Rugby League Club to celebrate their recent triumph in topping Championship One.
The Dons players will tour the town centre in an open top bus with stops for the players to meet their fans and sign autographs.
The event will be followed by a lunchtime reception at the Mansion House for the players along with their management, coaches and support staff.
Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies said: “I have been a Dons fan for 60 years and I am delighted that they have achieved these wonderful successes. It is a tribute to the leadership of Carl Hall, John Scarrow and Tony Miller that so much has been achieved in so little time since the club was in administration. I hope that all Dons fans turn out on Saturday to acknowledge this season’s triumphs.”
Civic Mayor Councillor Christine Mills added: “The Dons have really done Doncaster proud with this terrific result and Saturday’s event will be an opportunity for the whole town to celebrate with them.”
Dons Chief Executive Carl Hall said: “As a club we feel very honoured to be awarded a civic reception. We’ve had a fabulous season and I hope the Doncaster public come out in force on Saturday and give this special group of players the support and recognition they truly deserve.”
The route of the parade is:
Depart from Keepmoat Stadium at 11.15am proceed along Lakeside Boulevard, Gliwice Way, past Asda, onto Bawtry Road and proceed to Racecourse roundabout. At the roundabout the bus will enter Bennetthorpe, move onto South Parade, Waterdale, Wood Street, Cleveland Street and Duke Street and onto St Sepulchre Gate. The bus will park outside the Frenchgate Centre adjacent to Bell Brothers until 11:55am to allow the players to mingle with fans and will then move on to arrive at the Mansion House at 12 noon where there will be a further opportunity for fans to chat with players.
The players and their guests will enter the Mansion House for a private reception which has been sponsored by Heineken.
On Sunday the St Leger Historic Vehicle Rally rolls through the streets.
The event has been organised by volunteers at Sandtoft Trolley Bus Museum. The vintage vehicles will set off from the Aero Venture Museum at Lakeside at 11.15am and parade through Bennetthorpe, South Parade, Hall Gate, Silver Street, East Laith Gate and then leave the town along Thorne Road to return to the museum which is on the Belton Road close to Sandtoft Village, where a day of family activities will be held. Details can be found at Sandtoft