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Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day is a yearly celebration on 1 August to promote the historic county of Yorkshire, England. It was celebrated by the Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1975, initially in Beverley, as "a protest movement against the local government re-organisation of 1974".

Yorkshire Day
A TLC Travel bus displaying "Happy Yorkshire Day!" on the destination blind, Yorkshire Day in 2018.
Observed byResidents of Yorkshire
SignificanceBattle of Minden and the emancipation of slaves anniversary
CelebrationsCelebration and promotion of Yorkshire culture
Date1 August
Next time1 August 2022 (2022-08-01)
Frequencyannual
Related toLincolnshire Day; Minden Day; Oxfordshire Day; St Piran's Day; Sussex Day

On 1 August the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 was passed, during the British Empire in 1834. William Wilberforce, a Yorkshire MP, had campaigned for the emancipation.

The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day, after the battle of Minden. 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.

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Amongst the celebrations there is a civic gathering of lord mayors, mayors, and other civic heads from across the county, convened by the Yorkshire Society, on 1 August each year which has been held in:

Saltburn, Guisborough and Saddleworth have also played host. Celebrations were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Similar events have been promoted by the Friends of Real Lancashire (27 November, since 1996) and the Huntingdonshire Society (25 April, since 2002) to promote their counties.

On Yorkshire Day, members of the society read a "Declaration of Integrity":

"I, [Name], being a resident of the [West/North/East] Riding of Yorkshire [or City of York] declare:

That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of [Current Year minus 875, so for 2021, 1146] years' standing; That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire; That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women; That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.

These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [Year]. God Save the Queen!"

In York the Declaration is made four times by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, once for each Riding and once for the City of York. The traditional boundaries of the Three Ridings run up to the ancient city walls, so by processing out of three of the bars (gatehouses) the Society can make the Declaration in each Riding, followed by reading the Declaration within a fourth bar inside the City.

The day has attracted some criticism:

Despite the serious underlying purpose and money-raising activities for charity, some Yorkshire people worry that it has become a media and marketing jamboree, perpetuating stereotypes of whippets, black puddings and flat caps. "We have to be careful not to overdo it, but regional distinctiveness adds colour. I'm against a grey uniformity spreading over everything, which is the way the world is going," says Arnold Kellett from the Yorkshire Dialect Society.

In its early years, the day was not widely acknowledged. A 1991 Times editorial read:

Today is Yorkshire Day. Not many people know that, as a very non-Yorkshire person likes to say, and probably not many Yorkshiremen either know or care. It is almost as artificial as Father's Day, which, as all thrifty northerners know, was created to sell more greetings cards

The Times
  1. Thus, in 2013 it was "1,138 years' standing", in 2014 it was "1,139 years' standing", in 2015 it was "1,140 years' standing", and so on.
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  3. "Why the white rose is riding high". The Times. 31 July 1980.
  4. "Grand day for the white rose county". The Times. 1 August 1998.
  5. Hull Daily Mail, 29 July 1999
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  14. "Soldiers lead Yorkshire Day parade". Wakefield Express. 31 July 2011. Retrieved1 August 2016.
  15. "A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough - Yorkshire Day and beyond". Scarborough Borough Council. Retrieved12 August 2012.
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  18. Peace, Lee (27 July 2015). "A day of family fun promised as Doncaster hosts Yorkshire Day". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved7 August 2015.
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  24. "Yorkshire Day: Brian Blessed's Ilkla Moor Baht 'At rap". BBC News. 1 August 2013. Retrieved20 April 2014.
  25. "Celebrating Yorkshire's big day". The Press, York. 1 August 2013. Retrieved20 April 2014.
  26. "On terminal one baht 'at, but wi' gradely fish and chips; Yorkshire Day". The Times. 1 August 1991.

Yorkshire Day
Yorkshire Day Language Watch Edit Yorkshire Day is a yearly celebration on 1 August to promote the historic county of Yorkshire England 1 It was celebrated by the Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1975 initially in Beverley as a protest movement against the local government re organisation of 1974 Yorkshire DayA TLC Travel bus displaying Happy Yorkshire Day on the destination blind Yorkshire Day in 2018 Observed byResidents of YorkshireSignificanceBattle of Minden and the emancipation of slaves anniversaryCelebrationsCelebration and promotion of Yorkshire cultureDate1 AugustNext time1 August 2022 2022 08 01 FrequencyannualRelated toLincolnshire Day Minden Day Oxfordshire Day St Piran s Day Sussex Day On 1 August the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 was passed during the British Empire in 1834 William Wilberforce a Yorkshire MP had campaigned for the emancipation 2 3 The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry successors to the King s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as Minden Day after the battle of Minden 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 Contents 1 Yorkshire Society 2 Critical reaction 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External linksYorkshire Society EditAmongst the celebrations there is a civic gathering of lord mayors mayors and other civic heads from across the county convened by the Yorkshire Society on 1 August each year which has been held in 1985 York 1986 Ripon 1987 Wakefield 1988 Wakefield 1989 Whitby 1990 Skipton 1991 Rotherham 1992 Richmond 1993 Leeds 1994 Doncaster 1995 Barnsley 1996 Todmorden 1997 Bradford 1998 Huddersfield 4 1999 Kingston upon Hull 5 2000 York 2001 Wakefield 6 2003 Halifax 7 2004 Leeds 2005 Bradford 8 2006 Penistone 9 2007 Kingston upon Hull 10 2008 Redcar 11 2009 Malton 12 2010 Hedon 13 2011 Wakefield 14 2012 Scarborough 15 2013 Skipton 16 2014 South Kirkby and Moorthorpe 17 2015 Doncaster 18 2016 Halifax 19 2017 Sheffield 20 2018 Ripon 21 2019 Whitby 22 2022 Keighley 23 Saltburn Guisborough and Saddleworth have also played host Celebrations were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID 19 restrictions Similar events have been promoted by the Friends of Real Lancashire 27 November since 1996 and the Huntingdonshire Society 25 April since 2002 to promote their counties On Yorkshire Day members of the society read a Declaration of Integrity I Name being a resident of the West North East Riding of Yorkshire or City of York declare That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York with these Boundaries of Current Year minus 875 so for 2021 1146 note 1 years standing That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status These declarations made this Yorkshire Day Year God Save the Queen 24 In York the Declaration is made four times by the Yorkshire Ridings Society once for each Riding and once for the City of York The traditional boundaries of the Three Ridings run up to the ancient city walls so by processing out of three of the bars gatehouses the Society can make the Declaration in each Riding followed by reading the Declaration within a fourth bar inside the City 25 Critical reaction EditThe day has attracted some criticism Despite the serious underlying purpose and money raising activities for charity some Yorkshire people worry that it has become a media and marketing jamboree perpetuating stereotypes of whippets black puddings and flat caps We have to be careful not to overdo it but regional distinctiveness adds colour I m against a grey uniformity spreading over everything which is the way the world is going says Arnold Kellett from the Yorkshire Dialect Society 4 In its early years the day was not widely acknowledged A 1991 Times editorial read Today is Yorkshire Day Not many people know that as a very non Yorkshire person likes to say and probably not many Yorkshiremen either know or care It is almost as artificial as Father s Day which as all thrifty northerners know was created to sell more greetings cards The Times 26 See also EditSt Piran s Day Sussex DayNotes Edit Thus in 2013 it was 1 138 years standing in 2014 it was 1 139 years standing in 2015 it was 1 140 years standing and so on References Edit Lonely Planet s Best in Travel 2014 top 10 regions Lonely Planet Retrieved 1 August 2014 Yorkshiremen want power in ridings The Times 1 August 1977 Why the white rose is riding high The Times 31 July 1980 a b Grand day for the white rose county The Times 1 August 1998 Hull Daily Mail 29 July 1999 Yorkshire pride has its day BBC News 1 August 2001 Retrieved 1 August 2014 White rose county has its day BBC News 31 July 2003 Retrieved 26 September 2006 Yorkshire Day celebrations begin BBC News 31 July 2005 Retrieved 26 September 2006 County celebrates Yorkshire day BBC News 1 August 2006 Retrieved 23 September 2006 Yorkshire Day celebrates traditional culture and heritage of our county Wilberforce 2007 1 August 2007 Retrieved 1 August 2007 Yorkshire Day plans for Redcar and Cleveland Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council 2 March 2007 Archived from the original on 27 September 2007 Retrieved 31 July 2007 County gears up for Yorkshire Day Darlington and Stockton Times 31 July 2009 Archived from the original on 6 August 2009 Retrieved 31 July 2009 Yorkshire Day celebrated in Hedon on Sunday 1st August 2010 Hu12 Online The Hedon Blog 20 July 2010 Retrieved 8 August 2010 Soldiers lead Yorkshire Day parade Wakefield Express 31 July 2011 Retrieved 1 August 2016 A Festival of Yorkshire Scarborough Yorkshire Day and beyond Scarborough Borough Council Retrieved 12 August 2012 Skipton will be flying the flag for Yorkshire Day Craven Herald amp Pioneer 14 April 2013 Retrieved 22 April 2013 The history of Yorkshire Day celebrations Hemsworth amp South Elmsall Express 26 July 2014 Retrieved 1 August 2014 Peace Lee 27 July 2015 A day of family fun promised as Doncaster hosts Yorkshire Day Doncaster Free Press Retrieved 7 August 2015 Halifax chosen to host official Yorkshire Day 2016 celebrations Halifax Courier 1 August 2013 Retrieved 1 August 2016 Yorkshire Day This is Y we love Yorkshire at set of Emmerdale Yorkshire Evening Post 1 August 2017 Retrieved 1 August 2017 Greenway Tony 7 March 2018 Ripon to host Yorkshire Day in 2018 Yorkshire Life Retrieved 18 July 2018 Official Yorkshire Day Civic Celebration 2019 The Yorkshire Society Retrieved 1 August 2019 Corporate members Keighley Town Council are planning a great Yorkshire Day celebration The Yorkshire Society 19 July 2021 Retrieved 31 July 2021 Yorkshire Day Brian Blessed s Ilkla Moor Baht At rap BBC News 1 August 2013 Retrieved 20 April 2014 Celebrating Yorkshire s big day The Press York 1 August 2013 Retrieved 20 April 2014 On terminal one baht at but wi gradely fish and chips Yorkshire Day The Times 1 August 1991 External links EditYorkshire Day Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yorkshire Day amp oldid 1048798193, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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