Banging the drum for borough’s military past

On the right beat: Buglers and drummers perform at the opening ceremony of the KOYLI Museum, attended by Mayor Peter Davies .''                    Picture: Steve Taylor
On the right beat: Buglers and drummers perform at the opening ceremony of the KOYLI Museum, attended by Mayor Peter Davies .'' Picture: Steve Taylor
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ASPIRING young soldiers provided a fanfare as a member of military top brass cut the ribbon on Doncaster’s tribute to a famous army regiment.

The Rifles’ cadet bugle section performed at a ceremony which saw Brigadier Roger Preston, Chair of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Trustees, join Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies to cut the ribbon on the KOYLI regimental museum.

The Rifles are the modern regiment which has absorbed the units which where previously part of the KOYLI.

The ceremony marked the end of a £230,000 refurbishment of the museum, which is on the site of Doncaster museum and art gallery on Chequer Road.

Visitors can follow the origin of the Regiment to its amalgamation with the Rifles, find out why people joined the Regiment, what life was like for the families of the soldiers and just what the World War One Tommy had to endure in the reconstructed trench section.

New features of the museum include interactive displays and audio listening posts, where visitors can listen to diary extracts from the Officers and soldiers of the KOYLI.

There are also new displays which include items from the World Cultures collection, such as silks and other objects from India, to give visitors more insight into the experiences of the regiment.

Mayor Mr Davies said: ”I am proud that Doncaster is home to a museum which honours such a significant chapter in Yorkshire’s military history.”

He said that he supported the country’s modern day service personnel and felt it was important to also reflect on those who served the region in the past.