I was somewhat amazed at The Prime Minister’s remarks about Yorkshire people ‘hating each other’, even if it was a joke.
Maybe he should come to Doncaster to meet all the various Friends Groups who are all working so hard to preserve and upkeep what is left of our heritage.
The Friends of Sandall Park do a wonderful job. It is well worth a visit, especially for children, and it is now a haven for wildlife with beautifully illustrated sign boards describing the natural life of all the birds and wild animals, in and around the park.
It is well laid out and has all the facilities you need, including a great cafe, car parking, toilets and so on.
This is the result of a great team of people working together.
The same applies to The Friends of Hexthorpe Flatts and The Friends of Doncaster Mansion House, who urgently need volunteers to assist with events and open days, details of which can be found by asking at the Tourist Information Office at the corner of Priory Place, or by contacting Paul at the Mansion House.
They do afternoon teas, open days, and hopefully there will be many more events in this wonderful building in the future. It is ideally situated and has a wonderful atmosphere for weddings and other functions.
Then there are the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery, who are also doing a great job.
The cemetery is now cleaned by a team working on Saturdays and again they desperately need more volunteers.
Richard Bell is the chairman and again, details can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office.
The Friends of the Doncaster Grand Theatre and Grand Theatre Trust are working with Theatres Trust in London,the Matcham Society, and Architectural Heritage, and have the support of many famous names, including that of Sir David Jason, who is well-known and loved in our town.
Again it is an organisation which needs all the help and support it can get and membership forms are available in the Tourist Information Office.
There are also volunteers who are all working very hard in the Minster, and the Doncaster Little Theatre.
All these groups work closely together, and great friendship and comradeship exists between these people. In other words, ‘their hearts are in the right places,’ and they are working to support Doncaster.
The Doncaster Civic Trust does a great job and is continually making sure that all our heritage and great buildings are kept in good order, our trees are preserved and that we do not lose any more of our heritage as sadly, we have lost so much over the years.
So do we really hate each other? Clearly not.