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|Title:||St Leger Festival Week 2013 Is Biggest And Best Ever!|
|ID & Publication:||20131011003 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Businesses in Doncaster have seen an estimated £15m boost thanks to a record St Leger Festival Week.
Since 1776 the St Leger Stakes – the world’s oldest classic horse race – has been the biggest event in Doncaster’s social calendar. The St Leger Festival Week is a 10 day celebration of racing, music, fine food, arts and culture organised by Doncaster Council.
This year the festival ran from 6 – 15 September and was sponsored by Ladbrokes. The extended ten day festival, now in its fourth year, was bigger and better than ever with more than 300 separate events.
Highlights of this year’s St Leger Festival Week 2013 included
• Mallard on display at Freightliner Ltd's Railport depot
• Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is holding two special exhibitions
• Doncaster Live music festival, headlined by the Buzzcocks
• Daily Virgin hot air balloon flights from Cusworth Hall
• Afternoon Teas at the Mansion House
• The Roman Army outside the Minster
• An evening of Mozart and Beethoven in the Mansion House
• Ale tasting at the Minster
• Four days of world class horse racing at Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse had just over 60,000 attendees over the week – up from 58,000 in 2012. Mallard came home to Doncaster attracting just over 2,500 visitors from across Britain over the weekend. All of the main hotels in Doncaster were fully booked over Leger weekend. The opening weekend of Cast attracted over 6,000 people and more than 260 visitors attended an open day at the Mansion House on Friday 13 September.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: ‘Once again Doncaster has delivered another world-class St Leger Festival Week. From live music to food and drink, heritage and of course racing; there really has been something for everyone. Jobs and growth are top priorities for me and tourism is a key industry for our borough. I am delighted to see Doncaster’s profile as a visitor destination growing around the region.’
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