Olympic glory plans for museum events

Olympic star: Sarah Stevenson.
Olympic star: Sarah Stevenson.

DONCASTER may not be hosting the Olympics - but the borough is set to stage its own attraction next summer.

Plans are being drawn up to stage an exhibition highlighting the borough’s own contribution to the games over the last 100 years.

One former contestant from the town has already pledged to contribute items from his own personal collection and talks are planned with more stars from the borough.

Cyclist Roy Cromack, who competed in the road race at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 as a 28-year-old, has already agreed to lend items to the exhibition.

Staff at the Cusworth Hall Museum, the planned venue for the exhibition, have also made contact, either directly or through relatives, with a number of other Olympians with connections to the area.

They include Sarah Stevenson, from Bentley, who become the town’s first Olympic medallist when she took bronze in the taekwondo in the Beijing games four years ago.

Contact has also been made with Great Britain hockey player Barry Middleton, who started his career at Doncaster hockey club, and John Hall, a paralympic basketball player.

Organisers are trying to get in touch with other Olympians born in Doncaster, including flyweight boxer Mark Epton, cyclist John Tanner, and Paralympian archer Anita Chapman.

They would also like to hear from the family of sprinter Brian Shenton (1927-1987) and track athlete Norman Frederic Hallows (1886-1968) who worked at Marlborough College for many years.

Today, the museum launched an appeal to the public for their stories about the Olympic Games and any memoribilia they might be able to loan, such as tickets.

They also want to hear from anyone with stories about Doncaster’s Olympic athletes, who may have taught or competed against them in the past.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “With less than a year to go to the London Olympics we’d like to celebrate Doncaster’s Olympic connections.

“As well as sporting links we also have local companies such as Bridon who provided cables for the 2008 Olympic Stadium in Beijing and will be providing cables for London 2012.”

Anyone who has any information, stories or exhibits, should get in touch with the Museum Service by emailing museum@doncaster.gov.uk or calling 01302 734293.

The Olympic exhibition will be staged at Cusworth Hall next year.