Community turns back clock on sporting facility

Centenary: Unveiling a plaque inside the new Coulman Sports Pavillion, to mark 100-years of the Coulman playing fields, is Thorne Mayor Coun Bert-Maurice Chowings, pictured with Sylvia Goldspink and Town Clerk Ian Harrison.

Centenary: Unveiling a plaque inside the new Coulman Sports Pavillion, to mark 100-years of the Coulman playing fields, is Thorne Mayor Coun Bert-Maurice Chowings, pictured with Sylvia Goldspink and Town Clerk Ian Harrison.

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RESIDENTS rolled back the years to dress up 1911-style in honour of the centenary of a town sports field.

Users Users of the recently built Coulman Sports Pavilion donned old-style miners gear, while others tried on top hats to mark 100 years since the Coulman playing fields in Thorne were first handed to the public.

Fun time: Users of the pavillion, dressed in Edwardian dress, with Mayor of Thorne Coun Bert-Maurice Chowings.                Picture Steve Taylor.

Fun time: Users of the pavillion, dressed in Edwardian dress, with Mayor of Thorne Coun Bert-Maurice Chowings. Picture Steve Taylor.

Mayor of Thorne Bert-Maurice Chowings unveiled a relocated plaque in the sports pavilion. It was the original plaque which marked the pitches opening after they were handed to the community by Chester Coulman, whose name they now carry.

Coun Chowings said: “Over the years those grounds have been used for sports and all sorts of recreation, from picnics to village galas.

“Pretty much everyone who has grown up in Thorne and Moorends has used them and they are still pretty much always in use today, with the Thorne Hornets and Stingers junior teams.”

He added he was among the many who had used the fields as a youngster, having played football as a half back for his school in the village in the early 1950s.

Coun Chowings said it looked great to see the centre users dressed up in their Edwardian clothes.

He added: “It looked like we had stepped back in time - the users of the sports pavilion who dressed up made a great effort. Those grounds have been there 100 years and I hope they will still be there in another 100 years.”

Members of the Doncaster Family Support Group, which uses the pavilion, had dressed up for the occasion.

Spokesman Sylvia Goldspink said: “We had a great time and loved getting dressed up.”

Users of the new pavillion, in Edwardian outfits, looked on as the Mayor of Thorne, Coun Bert-Maurice Chowings, unveiled a plaque inside the new Coulman Sports Pavillion to mark the centenary of the Coulman playing fields.

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