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Margaret Roper, Bill Lawrence, Graham Oliver, and Julia Ashby alongside the new sign
(photographs kindly supplied by Ron Jame
s)

 

On Friday, October 4 2013, the much awaited opening of Mexborough & District Heritage Centre took place in Mexborough Library, in front of a crowd of eager local people.

The most important of which were two children from each class of Doncaster Road School who were escorted to the library by Mr. Hayles, the Head, and Mrs. Bennett. Rather than a member of the aristocracy, dignitary or celebrity open the centre an arts competition was undertaken by the school, the winner of which was to officially open the centre.

The result was a draw between Ella Needham and Nathan Chadburn (Pictured right) who together cut the ribbon and became the first to enter the new heritage centre.

The young people looking at the extensive exhibition there were surprised to find that the man who helped to make the lions in Trafalgar Square, came from Mexborough, as did Britain’s first formula one racing driver, the first Miss World, plus many well known stars of the cinema and celebrities from the music world.

A spokesperson for Mexborough & District Heritage Society, who run the centre, stated that ‘now it is open everyone will be able to study: the extensive archives and photo collection; census returns and church records; plus have the use of family history websites which can be accessed free of charge via the library’s computer.

In the build up to the opening we have had, over the past month, 217 enquires by e-mail from all quarters of the globe and dozens of visitors, one couple even came all the way from Norway. This proves that there is a definite need for such a service in Mexborough.

 
Members of Mexborough & District Heritage Society, with children from Doncaster Road School, holding the fascia board rescued from the 'Trackless' Terminus, Adwick Rd., Mexborough.