STRIKE: Thousands demonstrate in Sheffield and Doncaster - SLIDESHOW

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THOUSANDS of protesters demonstrated throughout South Yorkshire as public sector workers across the county went on strike - captured here in our slideshow.

Around 10,000 people are reported to have attended a rally outside Sheffield City Hall and hundreds of people packed Doncaster town centre - two of the biggest gatherings.

Strike: Protestors in South Yorkshire.

Strike: Protestors in South Yorkshire.

SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to view all the photos from these two major demonstrations.

Teachers, health workers, civil servants and council workers were all represented.

About 370 schools in South Yorkshire - around 80 per cent of the total - were closed, with a further 40 partially affected.

At hospitals many clinics and non-emergency appointments were cancelled.

Doncaster saw its biggest day of strike action since the 1980s miners’ strike.

Teachers, NHS workers and council staff marched from Council House to a rally in front of Mansion House, as 99 of the schools 109 schools closed for the day due to the dispute over public sector pensions.

The Doncaster Royal Infirmary cancelled non emergency operations and clinics, as it operated on bank holiday staffing levels. Pickets were posted on every gate at the hospital.

For full reports, reaction and more see The Star on Thursday, December 1, 2011.