Where does the time go? It's a month since we celebrated Yorkshire Day. It'll be time to start planning the next one soon. In fact, some people have already discussed some ideas.
If you've already forgotten Yorkshire Day, here's a roundup of some of the events which Michael Smith found in the press. Thanks, Michael.
Yorkshire Day 2012: A Round-Up
This year’s Yorkshire Day celebrations coincided nicely with the performance of the Yorkshire athletes at the Olympic games, who, it’s fair to say, did rather well.
(Yorkshire finished 12th in the overall medal table, if it were to be regarded its own country!)
Here’s a round-up of the celebrations that took place across the county (and all over the world) to mark this Yorkshire Day 2012.
Yorkshire Day’s longest standing tradition; The Reading of the Declaration of Integrity, took place as usual at the Bars in the Walls of York.
The reading commenced at the time that coincides with the number of years since the first recorded reference to the three Ridings of Yorkshire in the year 876.
Yorkshire Day at Wentbridge House
For the second year running, the Wentbridge House Hotel in Pontefract held a festival celebrating everything about Yorkshire in aid of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
An estimated 1,500 – 2,000 people turned out to join the celebrations, with many taking part in events such as flat cap flinging, archery and clay pigeon shooting.
The event raised over £4,000 for charity, with further donations continuing to be made.
Catherine Harrild, Wentbridge House Hotel Manager and organiser of the Yorkshire Day celebrations, said:
“We worked very hard to put on a good ‘Yorkshire Day’ show and were delighted with the number of visitors that came along to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
“Our aim was to offer as many ‘Yorkshire’ goings on as possible - all in one place and all on the same day - as we’re extremely passionate about all thing Yorkshire.”
For more information and photos from the day, visit the Wentbridge House website.
A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough
More than 150 mayors, civic leaders and members of The Yorkshire Society from across Yorkshire paraded along Scarborough’s seafront as part of Yorkshire Day celebrations in the town, as part of “A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough”.
Highlights of the festival included an exhibition by world-famous Yorkshire artist David Hockney and the Wykeham Gathering mini music festival, which took place just outside of Scarborough.
Yorkshire Day Down UnderA small rural town in New Zealand became the first community in the world to celebrate Yorkshire Day this year.
The celebration was organised in Waiuku by Ron Bird, who is originally from Pocklington near York. His family immigrated to New Zealand with his wife and children over 43 years ago.
Mr Bird told the Press Association:
“It's a great way to remember what we left behind, although there are plenty of us here. Being surrounded by so many Yorkshire people, we've both still kept our accents.
"This will be the third year we have held such a celebration in Waiuku.
"The first year we got 68 ex-pat Tykes, then 89 last year, and we are hoping for 100 this year."
The farm shop, which is based in Holmfirth, created the giant pie to mark Yorkshire Day and to raise money for the York Minster Fund.
The Saddleworth White Rose Society were so excited about Yorkshire Day that they couldn't wait to celebrate so did so on the Sunday before (actually they celebrate on the nearest Sunday). They presented local readings and songs and read the Declaration of Yorkshire Integrity. A Yorkshire Flag lead a procession, complete with Brass Band to the local park/ playing field where a country fayre was held. The event was well attended despite showery weather.
The North Riding Group of YRS also started early, selling Yorkshire Roses on the Satuday before 'the day'. They read the Declaration in Redcar on August 1st and then held a Yorkshire Day celebration in Thornaby on Tees the following Saturday.
We've also heard that Yorkshire flags were displayed in Market Weighton for a week before and a week after Yorkshire Day.
Other people, of course, fly their flags every day. 'Every day is a Yorkshire Day when you live here,' they explain.
We'd like to know about any other events which took place this year. And then, there's next year, actually slightly less than eleven months away.