Friends, Romans, countrymen entertain punters at St Leger

The St Leger Festival next month will be more than just horse racing - with a full programme of other events announced yesterday.

Attractions will include Roman soldiers marching through the town, Doncaster’s biggest free music event Doncaster Live, heritage walks, art exhibitions, a Mediaeval Autumn Fayre, champagne brunches, Proms in the Park, wine tasting at the Minster and a beer festival.

There are five top performances at the Civic Theatre, including Paul Harris with his one man play Frankie Titters On, looking at the life of comic treasure Frankie Howerd. The UK’s only touring burlesque spectacular presents An Evening of Burlesque: The Ultimate Tease, and there will be musical tributes to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with Let’s Hang On and classic 1980s rock anthems with A Foreigners Journey.

Quirky comic Mark Steel is also appearing.

Northern Rail customers can get a 10 per cent discount on tickets for Civic shows during the festival. Call 01302 342 349 for more details and to book.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “Last year’s St Leger Festival Week was a runaway success and this year’s promises to be even better. There are more events, top class performers, and events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Complementing the oldest classic horse race in the world, St Leger Festival Week really is Doncaster at its best.”

Many local pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants are putting on special events during the Festival, including The Red Lion pub where the St Leger Stakes was founded in 1776.

The full event listing can be found at www.visitdoncaster.com/stleger

For more information call Doncaster Tourist Information Centre on 01302 734 309.