Doncaster’s St Leger week in tune with town’s past

Arabian dancer: Barbara Taylor 'Tameri'.

Arabian dancer: Barbara Taylor 'Tameri'.

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FRIENDS, Romans and countrymen - lend me your ears for loud music for St Leger week!

Roman soldiers mixed with the cream of musical talent from Doncaster and beyond for a programme of events marking the St Leger Festival.

The Stereo MCS headline Doncaster Live. Photo: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com.

The Stereo MCS headline Doncaster Live. Photo: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com.

Two legions of military enactors started the festival on Saturday morning, with the day ending with 1990s rap stars Stereo MCs headlining the first day of the Doncaster Live music event.

And the next day, historical re-enactors The Romans arrived to declare the event officially open, before Doncaster-based acoustic performer Natalie Burdis started the afternoon’s programme of music, the first of 15 acts on the Sunday.

The Romans re-enactors had marched in to set up camp on the site of the original fort of Danum – now the grounds of Doncaster Minster - to show off old fashioned battle skills and let children dress up.

Both events were backed by Doncaster Council.

The Stereo MCS headline Doncaster Live. Photo: Shaun Flannery.

The Stereo MCS headline Doncaster Live. Photo: Shaun Flannery.

One of the Doncaster Live organisers music promoter Heather Brown was delighted with the two days of music.

She said: “It was brilliant. There were huge crowds and the atmosphere on Saturday was electric. There was a real buzz.

“There were lots of families and it was a great turnout - a really great start to the St Leger festival in the town.

“On the Sunday we had a Roman emperor declaring the event open with a speech - that was great.”

Romans in Doncaster; Charlie Preskey (aged seven) of Wheatley dressed as a legionaire

Romans in Doncaster; Charlie Preskey (aged seven) of Wheatley dressed as a legionaire

Mayor Peter Davies has said wants to take the St Leger back into the week-long festival it used to be in the past.

There are over 150 events taking place during the festival this year, including heritage walks, art exhibitions, a Medieval Autumn Fayre, champagne brunches, Proms in the Park, wine tasting at the minster and a beer festival.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Travel South Yorkshire.

The full event listing can be found online at www.visitdoncaster.com/stleger or from Doncaster Tourist Information Centre on 01302 734 309.

Romans in Doncaster: Centurion Kevin foster.

Romans in Doncaster: Centurion Kevin foster.

Romans in Doncaster

Romans in Doncaster

Romans in Doncaster

Romans in Doncaster