AN EXTRAVAGANZA of dancing, singing and entertainers are coming together to mark the Big Launch of Doncaster’s Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
Party goers are expected to flock to Waterdale to enjoy the line-up of Doncaster performers who will be taking to a stage on Sunday to celebrate the square’s official opening and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Free Press readers voted to name the square after Sir Nigel, a railway pioneer who helped put Doncaster on the map by creating legendary steam icons the Flying Scotsman and Mallard.
Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “With bags of entertainment, loads of attractions and many interesting activities to try, the Big Launch will offer something for the whole family to enjoy.
“It’s going to be a great afternoon and I look forward to welcoming everyone to the event.”
The free show, organised by Doncaster Council and sponsored by Doncaster Markets, will run from 1pm to 5pm with the official opening at 12.45pm.
Celebrations will begin with a performance from the Doncaster branch of national singing sensations Rock Choir will get everyone in the singing and dancing mood.
Then at 1.30pm, members of the Talegate Theatre will take to the stage with a preview performance of Alice in Wonderland - which is coming to Doncaster Civic Theatre on June 16.
Energetic street and contemporary dance from Paradox Dance will wow the crowds from 2pm, followed by top-dog busker, a Newfoundland Dog with Simon Cartlidge and Egypt Buskers.
Burlesque comedy and gangsta humour from Brodsworth-based Black Cat Theatre Company will perform a play and songs from Chicago at 2.45pm.
Vintage Band - the resident band at Vintage Youth at Doncaster’s Legacy Church - is playing at 3.15pm and Active Revolution Dance Group will be performing 50s style jive, hip hop and freestyle dance routines.
Father Jason and his sons Max and Lucas Bowker will be singing songs through the ages - with Max performing his latest single You Don’t Know My Name.
The crowning glory will be performances from the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, who boast a string of hugely-successful alumni including trombonist Dennis Rollins.
There will also be roving entertainment from Jamie Rosser with circus skills and fire eating as well a craft fair and updates from Doncaster’s Town Crier.