ITS YORKSHIRE DAY!
Well just been informed its Yorkshire Day today so what exactly does that mean? Looking on Wiki it seems its ‘
Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as “protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974“, The date alludes to the Battle of Minden, and also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned.
The day was already celebrated by The Light Infantry, successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day. Together with five other infantry regiments of the British Army, a rose is permitted to be worn in the headdress. In the case of the Light Infantry, the rose is white.
None of which I, as a ‘Yorkshire lass’ born and bred were ever aware of, there has been no local celebrations planned that I am aware of here in Leeds. On further research it seems that this also occurs o
A declaration that people living in the mentioned districts are Yorkshire folk!…another tradition I had never heard of, it seems this too was brought about when the goverment were set on changing and renaming the boundaries of Yorkshire Ridings.
It may well be that I just live in my own little bubble, its true I rarely watch TV or the news etc, and don’t really venture far from my own home, is this why I have heard nothing about Yorkshire Day? Or is it just that as is the norm, and these things are not organised, or badly advertised here in Leeds?
I for one will be ‘celebrating’ by making my much loved Yorkshire Puddings !!
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