Local people set to celebrate Yorkshire Day

York Press: Kersten England: “I feel so at home here” Kersten England: “I feel so at home here”

TOMORROW is a very special day for residents of York and North and East Yorkshire.

It is that time of year again to celebrate and relish all that is local. It is Yorkshire Day.

Yorkshire Day, first celebrated in 1975 by the Yorkshire Riding Society has become a festival of traditions associated with the county.

Every year, people come together to enjoy and embrace everything Yorkshire – and this year is no exception.

In fact, there is a massive variety of activities planned for tomorrow.

The Yorkshire Riding Society, as always, has a huge role to play. The organisation, which works to protect the integrity of Yorkshire, will be doing the customary.

“Declaration of Integrity” reading around the bar walls in York. The Declaration refers to the importance of everyone born in the different ridings of Yorkshire being all truly Yorkshire men and women and declares the people’s pride and passion for their origin.

Numerous restaurants around the city centre have been asked to dish out Yorkshire puddings and shops have been encouraged to create something unique for their window displays linked to the occasion.

At the Mansion House, the Yorkshire flag will be flying, while a special Sunday market will feature predominantly local produce.

The Stape Silver band, from Pickering, will entertain and perform in Parliament Street at 2pm.

A feature of Yorkshire is its wildlife, and the RSPB is joining in on the celebrations by offering free admission to anyone wearing a Yorkshire rose who visits one of its nature reserves at Bempton Cliffs, Blacktoft Sands, Fairburn Ings and Old Moor.

In the city centre tomorrow, a Yorkshire Day craft stall will give people the chance to make their very own white rose badge to wear in support of the occasion.

A survey was conducted by Visit York to celebrate the opening of its £900,000 Visitor Information Centre.

It revealed what people think about York across the UK and overseas. The classic Yorkshire pudding was named as the best thing to come out of York, followed by Yorkshire Tea and Wensleydale Cheese. Dame Judi Dench came out top as most popular person to come out of York. She was closely joined by the Bronte sisters, Captain James Cook and Michael Palin.

So why is it so special? Kersten England, chief executive of York City Council, said: “I've lived and worked in Yorkshire since 1990 and so would like to consider myself an honorary tyke. This great county is hugely diverse and has much to offer, from big city vibrancy to magnificent countryside, which I enjoy regularly, be it fell running in the Dales or cycling the Wolds. Most recently, of course, I’ve come to York and have been struck by the friendliness of this remarkable city and the great affection held for it by those who live, work and visit here.”

Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “Yorkshire is quite simply the most beautiful county in England. The Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and the Wolds are some of my favourite places to go walking and for the sea air you can’t beat exploring our region’s coastal footpaths.”

She went on: “Of course I love York; for its history, beautiful architecture and boutique shops and there’s always something going on be it the food and drink festival or superb theatre productions.”

York MP Hugh Bayley revealed how he will be celebrating Yorkshire Day. “I will be beside the river in the city I love and am so proud to have represented in Parliament for 18 years.

“York has given me and my family so much. I want to give back all I can to this wonderful place.”

The Archbishop of York wants everyone to embrace Yorkshire. “We have wonderful countryside, wonderful tourist attractions, and most of all, wonderful people! We should celebrate what we have in God’s own county.”

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9:26am Sat 31 Jul 10

buspass says...

At one time was not York a county in its own right . I think one of the kings granted it hundreds of years ago . I tried google but didnt find the answer .
At one time was not York a county in its own right . I think one of the kings granted it hundreds of years ago . I tried google but didnt find the answer . buspass
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11:42am Sat 31 Jul 10

evelyn_trent says...

The opening paragraph reads "Tomorrow is a very special day for residents of York and North and East Yorkshire". What about the people of West and South Yorkshire too?
The opening paragraph reads "Tomorrow is a very special day for residents of York and North and East Yorkshire". What about the people of West and South Yorkshire too? evelyn_trent
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11:50am Sat 31 Jul 10

Grumpy Old Man says...

Until the reorganisation of local government (1969 or 1971?) Yorkshire was divided into three ridings and 'the city and county of York'. Now we are swallowed up in the expanded North Yorkshire but if you look on Castle Mills Bridge (the castle side) you can find a plaque detailing our old status.
Until the reorganisation of local government (1969 or 1971?) Yorkshire was divided into three ridings and 'the city and county of York'. Now we are swallowed up in the expanded North Yorkshire but if you look on Castle Mills Bridge (the castle side) you can find a plaque detailing our old status. Grumpy Old Man
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3:46pm Sat 31 Jul 10

KarenWhite1978 says...

Counties are a historical item. York and Leeds are not in a county in administrative terms, in 2010. Tomorrow I'll be in Humberside.
Counties are a historical item. York and Leeds are not in a county in administrative terms, in 2010. Tomorrow I'll be in Humberside. KarenWhite1978
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6:29pm Sat 31 Jul 10

piaggio says...

Humberside.??? no such place
Humberside.??? no such place piaggio
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8:09pm Sat 31 Jul 10

the butler says...

Humberside!
Balderdash, tommyrot, never heard of such a place.
for me Yorkshire still has three riding's plus the county seat.
Hull still is in East York's, to the best of my knowledge
Humberside! Balderdash, tommyrot, never heard of such a place. for me Yorkshire still has three riding's plus the county seat. Hull still is in East York's, to the best of my knowledge the butler
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9:33pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Alucard says...

So where is this Yorkshire tea grown then? Better say Yorkshire water makes tea taste......
So where is this Yorkshire tea grown then? Better say Yorkshire water makes tea taste...... Alucard
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9:33pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Alucard says...

So where is this Yorkshire tea grown then? Better say Yorkshire water makes tea taste......
So where is this Yorkshire tea grown then? Better say Yorkshire water makes tea taste...... Alucard
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5:20am Sun 1 Aug 10

Yorkie in NZ says...

Thanks for the reminder about Yorkshire day, it will make our roast chicken and yorkshires extra special tonight, might even put some little York flags on them. Hope you all have a great day.
Thanks for the reminder about Yorkshire day, it will make our roast chicken and yorkshires extra special tonight, might even put some little York flags on them. Hope you all have a great day. Yorkie in NZ
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9:58am Sun 1 Aug 10

jacquistephenson says...

the butler wrote:
Humberside! Balderdash, tommyrot, never heard of such a place. for me Yorkshire still has three riding's plus the county seat. Hull still is in East York's, to the best of my knowledge
i always thought that humberside was a 1970s ceation .
i too thought york was a county in its own right.
yorkshire has three ridings .north,east and west.
[quote][p][bold]the butler[/bold] wrote: Humberside! Balderdash, tommyrot, never heard of such a place. for me Yorkshire still has three riding's plus the county seat. Hull still is in East York's, to the best of my knowledge[/p][/quote]i always thought that humberside was a 1970s ceation . i too thought york was a county in its own right. yorkshire has three ridings .north,east and west. jacquistephenson
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1:19pm Sun 1 Aug 10

Grumpy Old Man says...

You can only have three ridings. 'Ridings' means a third.
You can only have three ridings. 'Ridings' means a third. Grumpy Old Man
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11:52pm Sun 1 Aug 10

piaggio says...

york is not in a riding.old norse name .york is in a county itself.me thinks
york is not in a riding.old norse name .york is in a county itself.me thinks piaggio
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6:14am Mon 2 Aug 10

jacquistephenson says...

KarenWhite1978 wrote:
Counties are a historical item. York and Leeds are not in a county in administrative terms, in 2010. Tomorrow I'll be in Humberside.
humberside was created in 1974.
[quote][p][bold]KarenWhite1978[/bold] wrote: Counties are a historical item. York and Leeds are not in a county in administrative terms, in 2010. Tomorrow I'll be in Humberside.[/p][/quote]humberside was created in 1974. jacquistephenson
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