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Celebrations Take Place for Yorkshire Day


7:48am 1st August 2013

It's Yorkshire Day and a group which wants more power for God's Own County wants more of us to celebrate.

In early June, the Yorkshire Devolution Movement wrote to all councils which represent the historic county of Yorkshire urging them to fly the traditional white rose flag outside public buildings in their ownership.

In its letter the Yorkshire Devolution Movement said:

"The Yorkshire Devolution Movement believes that Yorkshire has a unique and different cultural identity, in the same way that England or Britain is seen as a collective block of people. We believe that this clear cultural link between us unites our county and that flying our flag is only a small ask. As I am sure you are aware Yorkshire has its own officially recognised flag and I am writing to ask does your council fly a Yorkshire flag? If your council does not fly the White Rose flag, why is that?

"Even if you are unable to fly the Yorkshire flag all year round I would draw your attention to Yorkshire Day held every year on August 1st and ask that on this one particular day you join with many others across the county who will flag the Yorkshire flag."

It has emerged that just seven plan to fly the flag on Yorkshire Day.

The Yorkshire Devolution Movement expressed its disappointment at the apparent lack of pride in the county.

"It is very disappointing that so few councils will be flying the Yorkshire flag on Yorkshire Day and even fewer intend to fly it all year round. This suggests an apparent lack of pride many councils have in the county and all this barely a year on from when Yorkshire sportsmen and women did so magnificently in the London Olympics.

"It is hard to imagine the same disinterest in Scotland and Wales where public buildings fly the St. Andrew's Cross and Welsh Dragon with justifiable pride. We are delighted that a handful of councils in the county will be flying the white rose flag but we can only conclude that most local councils don't care.

But events are being held across North Yorkshire today.

The Lord Mayor of York, Julie Gunnell will be at the regional celebrations being held this year in Skipton.

The event which is organised by the Yorkshire Society and Skipton Town Council will see the Civic Party join other mayors from around the county in a Civic parade, a celebratory church service and special luncheon.

Meanwhile in York, celebrations will also be taking place. They include members of the Yorkshire Ridings Society walking a circuit of the Bar Walls with the Yorkshire Flag, and reading the Yorkshire ‘declaration of integrity’ at a number of points along the route. The Deputy Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Hyman will join the celebration and will read the final declaration in Parliament Street at 1pm.  To mark the occasion the Yorkshire flag will be flying above the Mansion House.

Julie Gunnell said: “I am delighted to be attending the regional celebrations for Yorkshire Day in Skipton. Yorkshire day is a great concept to commemorate the heritage in the county of Yorkshire. The event promises to be a huge celebration of all things Yorkshire and will be particularly poignant as the county is less than one year away from hosting the largest annual sporting event in the world, the Tour de France.”

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