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Well just been informed its Yorkshire Day today so what exactly does that mean? Looking on Wiki it seems its ‘

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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.[1][2]

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.

Amongst the celebrations there is a Civic gathering of Lord Mayors, Mayors, and other Civic Heads from across the country, convened by the Yorkshire Society,

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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  1. I love Yorkshire puddings, my dad used to take us to a cafe in Leeds where they served up beef stew in a huge pudding, yummy!
    My Dad text me happy Yorkshire day on the 1st so he must know, he probably herd about it down the working men’s club x
    A but late but ‘Happy Yorkshire Day’ back at ya x


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