One of the earliest ideas of the Yorkshire Ridings Society was the introduction of
Yorkshire Day as a time for people to celebrate everything Yorkshire. Each year
many events take place all over the county ranging from groups of friends
meeting for a coffee morning or an evening drink to large events organised by
towns or cities.
The oldest celebration takes place in York where members of the society are joined by visitors to the city and carry Yorkshire Flags round the city’s walls.
At each of the bars ‘The Declaration of Yorkshire Integrity’ is read. By tradition, the boundaries of the ridings run to the walls of York, so by walking out of three of the bars it is possible to read the declaration in each riding. At Monk Bar the reading is inside for the city.
For the past few years the declaration has also been read in Parliament Street too.
You're welcome to join us, we’d be pleased to see you.
Timings for York this year are: Walmgate Bar, for the East Riding, 10:30, Micklegate
Bar, for the West Riding, 11:38*, Bootham Bar, for the North Riding, 12:15, Monk Bar, for the city. Parliament Street, 13:00.
The flags then complete the circuit back to Walmgate Bar.
At all bars except Monk Bar the readings are in Latin, Norse, Old English and Modern English. At Monk bar it is in Modern English only as the full set of readings takes place shortly afterward in the city centre, where the modern English version will be read by The Deputy Lord Mayor of York.