Yorkshire Day 2020 - Important Date, History, How to celebrate Yorkshire Day & Quotes

Yorkshire Day 2020 - On 1 August 2020, Yorkshire Day is celebrated to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. Read this article for more information about the History of Yorkshire Day, Yorkshire, how to celebrate Yorkshire Day 2020.

Sheena | Updated Jun 26, 2020 18:00 PM

Yorkshire Day 2020 - Important Date, History, How to celebrate Yorkshire Day & Quotes

Yorkshire Day 2020

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August every year. Yorkshire Day 2020 is celebrated with a central belief and custom to maintain a locale’s traditions and culture. The celebration initially started with just reading. It now encompasses anything to do with Yorkshire, from cooking and confectionery delights to history and military customs. Yorkshire Day is celebrated like many other celebrations.

What is the History of Yorkshire Day?

Yorkshire Day is observed to remember and celebrate the largest county in the United Kingdom, Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Day originated as a military holiday. The reason for observing the day including few things like the emancipation of slaves in 1834, a few military customs, and some protests about losing Yorkshire’s cultural identity. Originally, the military custom involved light infantry as Minden Day. Later five other regiments joined in this tradition and celebrated Yorkshire Day.

The protests were regarding the identity of Yorkshire against the Local Government re-organization of 1974. Yet with such a long and diverse history of changes, Yorkshire has kept itself from changing, keeping its old-world appeal and aesthetic as the Day has become more and more known worldwide. 

Yorkshire Day was celebrated in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society. It was initially celebrated in Beverley, England. The day was chosen as 1 August as it was the day when Yorkshire Soldiers who had fought in the Battle of Minden in Germany picked white roses as tributes to their dead comrades. The military then permitted the regiments to wear a rose in their headdress. Also, the emancipation anniversary is celebrated in the honor of William Wilberforce, who had successfully campaigned for the emancipation. 

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest historic county that is located in northern England. Yorkshire is known for its Roman and Viking heritage, Norman castles, medieval abbeys, Industrial Revolution-era cities. The town of York was founded by the Romans. Yorkshire comprises four broad belts namely: 

  • High Pennine moorlands in the west which is divided by the Yorkshire Dales

  • Central lowlands include Vale of York, draining into the River Humber estuary in the southeast

  • North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds in the east

  • Holderness plain along the North Sea

Yorkshire is bordered by:

  • Durham to the north

  • Westmorland to the northwest

  • Lancashire to the west

  • Cheshire and Derbyshire to the southwest

  • Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to the southeast

How to celebrate Yorkshire Day?

Yorkshire Day hosts a fun-filled celebration. Yorkshire Day can be celebrated properly by following the tradition. To celebrate it traditionally one must read the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity. 

Yorkshire Day celebrations involve eating a hefty amount of traditional Yorkshire food.
On this special day, traditional customs take place.
The official celebrations take place in a marked place with a civic parade in the presence mayors from across the county.
The day will be rounded off by a grand firework display.
Plenty of other events involved with and show off local pride will happen across the country
The localities reflect on the history of their local area

What is read on Yorkshire Day?

Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity is to declare the boundaries of which the County Yorkshire, exist and prosper. The entire declaration is aimed towards solidifying the ties to one’s compatriots, to uphold tradition and not let any person or body change that. On the Yorkshire day, reading is to held facing into each of the three ridings and into the city. In recent years reading has been held in the city centre, too. The reading is as follows:

"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 1134 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 that deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day 2020. God Save the Queen!”

Yorkshire Day - Quotes

Yorkshire weather can turn quickly. At one Auld Lang Syne race, it dropped to -16C. The frost turned everybody’s hair grey. I couldn’t take my shoes off, as my laces had frozen solid.’ – Jonathan Brownlee 

‘I am Batley and Spen born and bred, and I could not be prouder of that. I am proud that I was made in Yorkshire, and I am proud of the things we make in Yorkshire. Britain should be proud of that, too.’ – Jo Cox 

‘I have had an amazingly fortunate life. I’m a child from Yorkshire, which is sort of like Cleveland without the pretty bits.’ – Jeremy Clarkson

‘I come from Yorkshire in England where we like to eat chip sandwiches – white bread, butter, tomato ketchup and big fat french fries cooked in beef dripping.’ – Helen Fielding

‘I love the honesty of people from Yorkshire. When you’re trying to test material, you want people to let you know if it’s funny or not, and here they’ll definitely let you know!’ – John Bishop

Yorkshire Day - Wishes

We north-country people are vibrant and colorful so that’s how we all should all celebrate the wonderful occasion of Yorkshire Day as well. Happy Yorkshire Day to you!!

If you are born in the historic county of Yorkshire then you know the proud feeling of staying in Yorkshire. Wish you a wonderful Yorkshire day.

As much as we are proud of Yorkshire, let’s hope in the future that Britain would be proud of us too. Until then, wish you a splendid Yorkshire Day!

As a citizen of our beautiful county, our first job is to read the declaration of integrity and our second job should be consuming the Malton. Have a lovely Yorkshire Day.

There’s one thing we all should do in the eve of Yorkshire Day to keep the calmness to our heads and have a Reet Good Yorkshire Day. I hope you do that!

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Yorkshire Day - FAQ

1. Who initiated the observation of Yorkshire Day?

Yorkshire Day was celebrated in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society. It was initially celebrated in Beverley, England. The day was chosen as 1 August as it was the day when Yorkshire Soldiers who had fought in the Battle of Minden in Germany picked white roses as tributes to their dead comrades.

2. Where is Yorkshire UK?

Yorkshire is a historic county of England. It is located in the north-central part of the country between the Pennines and the North Sea.

3. What is Yorkshire famous for?

Yorkshire, UK is known as God's own country by the famously friendly and down-to-earth locals. The stunning natural beauty of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales is matched by the charming historical cities and gorgeous villages.

4. Why is Yorkshire called God's country?

When used in reference to England, Yorkshire, "God's own country" refers to the legend that as a boy Jesus visited England with his great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea.