Family proud of links to town’s new civic square

Ben Godfrey, Peter Davies and Tim Godfrey unveil Sir Nigel Gresley Square in Doncaster. They are descendants of Sir Nigel.
Ben Godfrey, Peter Davies and Tim Godfrey unveil Sir Nigel Gresley Square in Doncaster. They are descendants of Sir Nigel.
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Descendants of the brilliant locomotive engineer whose name has inspired Doncaster’s landmark regeneration project have unveiled a plaque in his honour.

The grandsons of Sir Nigel Gresley were in town to officially reveal the sign for the town’s new civic square.

Ben and Tim Godfrey, accompanied by Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, officially unveiled the LNER engine nameplate-inspired plaque which honours their grandfather, the designer of the world-famous Mallard and Flying Scotsman, both of which were built in Doncaster’s Plant Works.

Sir Nigel lived and worked in Doncaster during the early part of the 20th century when his engineering genius helped to put the town firmly on the map as a centre of railway production.

The Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 and was the first steam locomotive to be officially recorded at a speed of 100mph.

The even faster Mallard was completed at the Plant Works in 1938 and still holds the world speed record for a steam locomotive, at 126mph.

Doncaster residents chose to name the square after Sir Nigel through a vote by local residents.

Mr Davies said: “Sir Nigel Gresley played a vital role in Doncaster’s distinguished railway heritage and it is entirely fitting that he is remembered in this square which will be the focal point for events in the town.”

Tim Godfrey said: “We are delighted that the people of Doncaster have chosen to name this square in honour of our grandfather and we are extremely proud to be here today to unveil this handsome plaque.”

The new civic square includes a new performance venue and council offices.