Doncaster will be welcoming the heroes of the Championship One Final with a victory parade and civic reception later today (Saturday October 13). Doncaster Rugby League Club will be departing from Keepmoat Stadium at 11.15am, then proceed along Lakeside Boulevard, Gliwice Way, past Asda.
They'll then go onto Bawtry Road and proceed to the Racecourse roundabout. There, the bus will enter Bennetthorpe, move onto South Parade, Waterdale, Wood Street, Cleveland Street and Duke Street onto St Sepulchre Gate.
The bus will park outside the Frenchgate Centre adjacent to Bell Brothers until 11:55am to allow the players to mingle with fans and will then move on to arrive at the Mansion House at 12 noon.
There will be military and sporting parades taking place in Doncaster over the coming days.
Tomorrow the world famous Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards marches through the town centre and tops off the day with a charity performance at Doncaster School for the Deaf.
The regiment will formally ‘lay up’ its colours in a service at The Minster at 11.30am, to which members of the public are invited. The Guards will parade to The Minster from Sir Nigel Gresley Square. The Civic Mayor will take the salute at the Mansion House at 10.30am.
Then, on Saturday a victory parade and civic reception is being held for Doncaster Rugby League Club to celebrate their recent triumph in topping Championship One.
The Dons players will tour the town centre in an open top bus with stops for the players to meet their fans and sign autographs.
I have been a Dons fan for 60 years and I am delighted that they have achieved these wonderful successes. It is a tribute to the leadership of Carl Hall, John Scarrow and Tony Miller that so much has been achieved in so little time since the club was in administration. I hope that all Dons fans turn out on Saturday to acknowledge this season’s triumphs.
– Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies
As a club we feel very honoured to be awarded a civic reception. We’ve had a fabulous season and I hope the Doncaster public come out in force on Saturday and give this special group of players the support and recognition they truly deserve.