THE official opening of Doncaster’s first public square will be marked by a huge double celebration to tie in with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Partygoers are expected to fill Waterdale for The Big Launch on Sunday, June 3, to mark the opening of Sir Nigel Gresley Square and to celebrate The Big Jubilee Lunch.
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 Peter Davies said: “Combining the opening of Sir Nigel Gresley Square with a party to celebrate The Queen’s 60th year as monarch is going to be a wonderful occasion.
“There will be lots to see and do and the whole family can enjoy a fun packed afternoon.”
A programme of entertainment has been lined up for the celebration, which will run between 1pm and 5pm.
On stage will be live music, singing and dance acts, while street performers will be roaming around, and arts and crafts workshops will show people interesting new skills.
There will also be fair rides and a number of market stalls and food and drink outlets will also be open.
The new square, which forms the centre-piece of the £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) development, will be officially opened at 12.45pm.
Among its attractions are fountains, public art, raised lawns, modern seating and futuristic lighting.
It is hoped the square will be used as an open meeting place for friends, family and colleagues.
The CCQ project is being delivered by Doncaster Council and its development partner Muse Developments.
Financial support has also come from the European Union, as part of the European Regional Development Fund’s support for the region.
The new civic offices will open later this year and the performance venue in spring 2013.
The celebration is sponsored by Doncaster Markets and free parking is available in the Civic Quarter Car Park.
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