Queen to receive town’s plea for diamond jubilee

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies (fourth left), Doncaster Deaf College executive principal Alan Robinson (fifth left) and students, from left, Tracey Ackland-Snow, aged 17, Tom Emerson, aged 13, Simeon Hibbert, aged 17, Amy Payne, aged 19, and Abegail Bevan, aged 14, are pictured with Doncaster's city bid.
Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies (fourth left), Doncaster Deaf College executive principal Alan Robinson (fifth left) and students, from left, Tracey Ackland-Snow, aged 17, Tom Emerson, aged 13, Simeon Hibbert, aged 17, Amy Payne, aged 19, and Abegail Bevan, aged 14, are pictured with Doncaster's city bid.
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SIGNED, sealed, delivered, it’s yours, Your Majesty!

Doncaster civic leaders joined together to celebrate posting of the borough’s application to be given city status as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations next year.

Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, visited Doncaster College for the Deaf to enlist the support of students in posting the bid. The borough joined the race for city status earlier this month.

The bid is being supported by organisations including Doncaster Council and the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce.

Celebrities including Doncaster born actor Brian Blessed are also backing the application, along with billionaire furniture tycoon, Lord Kirkham.

Lord Kirkham believes becoming a city would raise the borough’s status, and put it on the map.

Posting the application, Mayor Mr Davies said: “I am sure the judges will not fail to be impressed by Doncaster’s bid.

“From our rich Roman, racing and railway heritage to the exciting projects that are delivering investment and regeneration, Doncaster deserves to be a city.”

Bobbie Roberts, chairwoman of trustees at the Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “All our children are excited about the possibility of Doncaster becoming a city. We are really proud to be from Doncaster, it is a great place for young people to grow up.”

Businesses in Doncaster are being given the opportunity to show their support for Doncaster’s bid for city status by displaying banners.

Doncaster Council is making the three metre wide banners available by emailing philip.cooper@doncaster.gov.uk or calling 01302 862 403.

Doncaster is battling boroughs including Middlesbrough, Stockport, Perth, Llanelli, Blackpool and Croydon in its bid for the honour. It is the third time the borough has applied to be a city.

Mr Davies says the council has ben building its bid on material that it has used for previous bids.

Doncaster Council has drawn up a list of 10 reasons why it thinks Doncaster should become a city. It says:

• The town is steeped in a rich and fascinating history;

• It is well served by transport links;

• It has attractions such as Doncaster Racecourse, St Leger Festival, Keepmoat Stadium and Yorkshire Wildlife Park;

• It is a place of opportunity with employment, new investment and up-and-coming business talent;

• It has a vibrant arts, culture and leisure scene;

• It has a landscape changed through exciting new developments;

• It has some stunning areas of natural beauty;

• Doncaster centre boasts an award winning market, first class shopping facilities, restaurants and bars;

• Its surrounding villages are gems in their own right;

• The borough has strong community pride.

The winning town will discover if its bid is successful early next year.