Margaret Roper, Bill Lawrence, Graham
Oliver, and Julia Ashby alongside the new sign
(photographs kindly supplied by Ron James)
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
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 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.
Mexborough & District Heritage Society, with children from Doncaster
Road School, holding the fascia board rescued from the 'Trackless'
Terminus, Adwick Rd., Mexborough.