Members of the Yorkshire Ridings Society (YRS) will meet at Micklegate Bar at 11.15 am to lead the annual walk around the ‘Bar Walls’ of York carrying the Yorkshire flag.
The Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity will be read at the 4 Bars (Gate) starting at Micklegate Bar (West Riding) 11.39 followed by Bootham Bar (North Riding) Monk Bar (City) and Walmgate Bar (East Riding).
The time 11.39 am for the first reading coincides with the number of years since the first written reference to the Ridings of York in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles. Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity will be read in the four languages used in the area since that time. Latin, Old Norse, Old English, and Modern English.
The ceremonial party then moves on to St Helen’s Square for an afternoon of entertainment in cooperation with York City Council. The Deputy Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell, will read the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity in Modern English at 1pm and there will be a reading of Doreen Brigham’s popular poem A Song for Yorkshire by Mrs Judith Preston Anderson, President of YRS and YRS York member Mr Peter Hindle.
At 4 pm the Declaration will be made again by Henry Cryer (picture attached) the well-known Town Crier of Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham, who makes a special guest appearance.
The Yorkshire Flag presented to the City of York by the Yorkshire Ridings Society after it was registered by them in 2008 will be flown from the Mansion House on Yorkshire Day.
Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity 2014
Your attention please:
I, (reader’s name) being a (native of) and resident in the East/North/West Riding of Yorkshire
(City of York if within the walls) declare:
- that Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York with these boundaries of one thousand, one hundred and thirty nine 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 Yorkshire men 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 2014
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
Councillor Chris Abbott