Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire.[1] It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as "a 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.[2][3]

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.

Yorkshire Day
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A TLC Travel bus displaying "Happy Yorkshire Day!" on the destination blind on Yorkshire Day in 2018.
Observed byResidents of the county of Yorkshire
SignificanceAnniversary of the Battle of Minden and the emancipation of slaves
CelebrationsCelebration and promotion of Yorkshire culture
Date1 August
Next time1 August 2019
Related toLincolnshire Day; Minden Day; Oxfordshire Day; St Piran's Day; Sussex Day

Yorkshire Society

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, which has been held in:

Saltburn, Guisborough and Saddleworth have also played host.

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][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!"[22]

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.[23]

Critical reaction

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


See also


  1. ^ Thus, in 2013 it was "1,138 years' standing", in 2014 it will be "1,139 years' standing", and so on.


  1. ^ "Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 - top 10 regions". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Yorkshiremen want power in ridings". The Times. 1 August 1977.
  3. ^ "Why the white rose is riding high". The Times. 31 July 1980.
  4. ^ a b "Grand day for the white rose county". The Times. 1 August 1998.
  5. ^ Hull Daily Mail, 29 July 1999
  6. ^ "Yorkshire pride has its day". BBC News. 1 August 2001. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. ^ "White rose county has its day". BBC News. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 26 September 2006.
  8. ^ "Yorkshire Day celebrations begin". BBC News. 31 July 2005. Retrieved 26 September 2006.
  9. ^ "County celebrates Yorkshire day". BBC News. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2006.
  10. ^ "Yorkshire Day celebrates traditional culture and heritage of our county] Wilberforce 2007". 1 August 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007.
  11. ^ "Yorkshire Day plans for Redcar and Cleveland". Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Yorkshire Day celebrated in Hedon on Sunday 1st August 2010". The Hedon Blog. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Soldiers lead Yorkshire Day parade". Wakefield Express. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  15. ^ "A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough - Yorkshire Day and beyond". Scarborough Borough Council. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Skipton will be flying the flag for Yorkshire Day". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  17. ^ "The history of Yorkshire Day celebrations". Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  18. ^ Peace, Lee (27 July 2015). "A day of family fun promised as Doncaster hosts Yorkshire Day". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  19. ^ "Halifax chosen to host official Yorkshire Day 2016 celebrations". Halifax Courier. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Yorkshire Day: This is Y we love Yorkshire at set of Emmerdale". Yorkshire Evening Post. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  21. ^ Greenway, Tony (7 March 2018). "Ripon to host Yorkshire Day in 2018". Yorkshire Life. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Yorkshire Day: Brian Blessed's Ilkla Moor Baht 'At rap". BBC News. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  23. ^ "Celebrating Yorkshire's big day". The Press, York. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  24. ^ "On terminal one baht 'at, but wi' gradely fish and chips; Yorkshire Day". The Times. 1 August 1991.

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August 1

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A boutonnière (French: [butɔnjɛʁ]) is a floral decoration, typically a single flower or bud, worn on the lapel of a tuxedo or suit jacket.

While worn frequently in the past, boutonnières are now usually reserved for special occasions for which formal wear is standard, such as at proms, homecomings, funerals, and weddings. (Women who wear jackets on these occasions also often may wear "buttonholes", but more typically a woman would wear a corsage.) Nowadays, a lapel pin is worn more often than flowers on business suits.

Traditionally, a boutonnière was worn pushed through the lapel buttonhole (on the left, the same side as a pocket handkerchief) and the stem is held in place with a loop at the back of the lapel. The flower's calyx, if pronounced such as those of a carnation, should be fully inserted into the buttonhole which would secure it tightly and flat against the lapel. Thus the buttonhole should ideally be at least 1⅛" long for there to be enough room to fit a standard sized flower's calyx. Otherwise, the calyx would not fit into the buttonhole and the flower head would hang freely and move about in the wind.

However, on many recently made coats and jackets, the lapel is made without the loop required, which would normally sit on the reverse of the lapel, beneath the buttonhole. Sometimes, the lapel buttonhole is in the "keyhole" shape, as opposed to the traditional straight cut, or is not even pierced through, in which case the boutonnière may be pinned onto the jacket lapel, although this may be considered unsightly and continued pinning could eventually damage the cloth or silk facing.

Colin Holt (activist)

Roland Colin Holt, known as Colin Holt (1945–2006) was a founder member of the Yorkshire Ridings Society, and served as its chairman for many years until his death.

Colin Holt lived in Fenwick near Doncaster. Until his retirement he was a lecturer at Doncaster College. Though best known for vocally championing the cause of Yorkshire, Colin Holt was also a dedicated member of Moss and District Parish Council, and was also a vintage vehicle enthusiast.He also served on the committee of the Association of British Counties, to which the YRS is affiliated.

Culture of Yorkshire

The culture of Yorkshire has developed over the county's history, influenced by the cultures of those who came to control the region, including the Celts (Brigantes and Parisii), Romans, Angles, Vikings and Normans. Yorkshire people are said to have a strong sense of regional identity and have been viewed to identify more strongly with their county than their country. The Yorkshire dialect and accent is distinctive, although use of dialect words is receding.

Halifax, West Yorkshire

Halifax ( HAL-ih-faks) is a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town has been a centre of woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Piece Hall. Halifax is known for Mackintosh's chocolate and toffee products including Rolo and Quality Street. The Halifax Bank was also founded and is still headquartered in Halifax. Dean Clough, one of the largest textile factories in the world at more than 1⁄2 mile (800 m) long, was in the north of the town. The premises have since been converted for office and retail use including a gym, theatre, Travelodge and radio station.

Hartcliff Folly

The Hartcliff Folly (or Tower) is a stone structure 1.2 miles (2 km) south-west of Penistone in South Yorkshire, England. The folly was built in 1856 by a linen merchant called Henry Richardson and stands at 1,175 feet (358 m) above sea level. Richardson also built Hartcliffe Lodge before becoming the first Mayor of the borough of Barnsley. The tower may be a Folly (a structure built for no reason other than to demonstrate the social and economic status of its owner), but it has an internal spiral staircase and some believe that it was used as a viewing platform for game shooting. Another idea is that it was used as a look out for Mr. Richardson returning from Manchester on business.The furthest landmark visible from the tower is Hawkstone Park in Shropshire (60 miles away).The Folly had fallen into disrepair but was restored in 2002 by Mr. Jeff Pears, upon whose land it is sited. He rebuilt it at his own expense as a gift to the community of Penistone. It has since occasionally been open to the public, such as on 1 August 2006 when Penistone hosted the ‘Yorkshire Day’ celebrations.

Minden Day

Minden Day is a regimental anniversary celebrated on 1 August by certain units of the British Army. It commemorates the participation of the forerunners of the regiments in the Battle of Minden during the Seven Years' War on that date in 1759.

The celebration of the day involves the wearing of "Minden Roses" on the regimental head dress, and, in the case of the infantry regiments, the decoration of the regimental colours with garlands of roses. This recalls that the regiments wore wild roses at the battle that they had plucked from the hedgerows as they advanced to engage the enemy.

Minden Day is celebrated by:

12 (Minden) Battery, 12 Regiment (Royal Artillery)

32 (Minden) Battery, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery

The Royal Scots Borderers, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, as successors to the 25th Regiment of Foot (King's Own Scottish Borderers)

1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, successor to the 12th Regiment of Foot

HQ Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment (Army Reserve)

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, successor the 20th Regiment of Foot

The Royal Welsh, successors to the 23rd Regiment of Foot

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, successors to the 37th Regiment of Foot

3rd and 5th Battalions The Rifles Regiment as successors of The Light Infantry, successors to the 51st Regiment of Foot

The North Saskatchewan Regiment [Reserve Canadian Army] successors to the Saskatoon Light Infantry in honour of a regimental twinning with a British Army Regiment. The N.Sask.R. wears the white rose.The colours of roses varies: red is used by most of the units, but white is favoured by the Light Infantry and red and yellow by the Royal Anglians. In some cases this reflects parts of the regimental recruiting areas: the Light Infantry is associated with part of Yorkshire (represented by a white rose), the Fusiliers with part of historic Lancashire and the Princess of Wales's area includes Hampshire (both counties having red roses as insignia).

In 1975, August 1 was adopted as Yorkshire Day, partly to reflect the presence of Yorkshire soldiers at the battle.

Minden Day is commemorated in the English folk song Lowlands of Holland, which dates to the time of the Seven Years' War. Like most English folk songs, the song has numerous variants. One version, which is prevalent in Suffolk, home of 12th Regiment of Foot (1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment), contains the verse:

"My love across the ocean

Wears a scarlet coat so fair,

With a musket at his shoulder

And roses in his hair".

On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at

"On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at" (Standard English: On Ilkley Moor without a hat) is a folk song from Yorkshire, England. It is sung in the Yorkshire dialect, and is considered the unofficial anthem of Yorkshire. According to tradition, the words were composed by members of a church choir on an outing to Ilkley Moor near Ilkley, West Yorkshire.


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Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, for centuries Saddleworth was a centre of woollen cloth production in the domestic system. Following the Industrial Revolution, in the 18th and 19th centuries, Saddleworth became a centre for cotton spinning and weaving. By the end of Queen Victoria's reign, mechanised textile production had become a vital part of the local economy. The Royal George Mill, owned by the Whitehead family, manufactured felt used for pianofortes, billiard tables and flags.

Following the Great Depression Saddleworth's textile sector declined. Much of Saddleworth's architecture and infrastructure dates from its textile processing days however, notably the Saddleworth Viaduct and several cottages and terraces, many built by the local mill owners.

For centuries Saddleworth was linked, ecclesiastically, with the parish of Rochdale and was long talked of as the part of Yorkshire where Lancastrians lived. The former Saddleworth Urban District was the only part of the West Riding to have been amalgamated into Greater Manchester in 1974. However, strong cultural links with Yorkshire remain amongst its communities. There are several brass bands in the parish.


Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a seaside town in North Yorkshire, England. The local council, a unitary authority, is Redcar and Cleveland. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

The town is around 12 miles (19 km) south east of Hartlepool, and the ward of Saltburn had a population of 5,912 at the 2001 Census, increasing slightly to 5,958 at the 2011 census.The development of Middlesbrough and Saltburn was driven by the discovery of iron stone in the Cleveland Hills, the monies of the Pease family of Darlington, and the development of two railways to transport the minerals.

St Piran's Day

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White Rose of York

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Wortley, South Yorkshire

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Wortley grew up as a settlement where the Sheffield to Halifax road crossed the Cheshire to Rotherham route. In 1250, a Sunday market was briefly established, but this was quickly suppressed by the monks who owned the right to hold markets in Barnsley. In 1307, the village finally received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly Thursday market and an annual three-day fair at Whitsun. The market and fair both soon ceased, and an eighteenth-century attempt to revive the fair was unsuccessful.The parish church of St. Leonard's dates back to the medieval period, being rebuilt during the 18th century.<

The village is famous for the Wortley Top Forge, which dates back to the time of the Industrial Revolution, but is most famous for the notorious highwayman Swift Nick (John Nevison, 1639 - 1684) who was born and raised there. It was really he (and not Dick Turpin) who made the infamous ride on horseback from London to York in order to establish an alibi for a robbery. Until 1987, Wortley was home to the Earl of Wharncliffe.

Wortley is home to Wortley Mens Club, the winner of the campaign for real ales (CAMRA) club of the year 2014 for the entire Yorkshire region and subsequent super regional winner for the North East, making it one of the best 4 Clubs in the UK. It has now been voted the best club in Britain by CAMRA for 2015 beating 28,000 other entrants. It hosts a variety of events including an annual charity beer festival held on or around 1 August every year to coincide with Yorkshire day.

Located in Wortley is Wortley Hall, a Grade II listed building since 1990. The parish contains the hamlet of Bromley.


Yorkshire (; abbreviated Yorks), formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are vast stretches of unspoiled countryside. This can be found in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and with the open aspect of some of the major cities. Yorkshire has also been nicknamed "God's Own Country".The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose of the English royal House of York, and the most commonly used flag representative of Yorkshire is the White Rose on a blue background, which after nearly fifty years of use, was recognised by the Flag Institute on 29 July 2008. Yorkshire Day, held annually on 1 August, is a celebration of the general culture of Yorkshire, ranging from its history to its own dialect.Yorkshire is covered by different Government Office Regions. Most of the county falls within Yorkshire and the Humber while the extreme northern part of the county, such as Middlesbrough, Redcar, Holwick and Startforth, falls within North East England. Small areas in the west of the county are covered by the North West England region.

Yorkshire Ridings Society

The Yorkshire Ridings Society is a group affiliated to the Association of British Counties calling for the wider recognition of the historic borders of Yorkshire, and its traditional subdivisions, the North, East and West Ridings.

Yorkshire Society

The Yorkshire Society is a non-political organisation founded in December 1980 to encourage people born, working or living in the County of Yorkshire to join to help improve several aspects of the area. The patron of the Yorkshire Society is the Duke of York, and its current Chairman is Sir Rodney Walker.An earlier Society of the same name ran the Yorkshire Society's Schools on Westminster Road in London.

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