Whilst residents of “Gods Own Country” may suggest that every day should be Yorkshire Day, that title belongs to 1st August (though with the amount of interest generated in the Tour de France’s time in the county this year you could easily think that June/July could be re-named Yorkshire Month).
The Day’s origins date back to 1975 and the Yorkshire Ridings Society, which had been formed in the previous year in response to the Local Government Act and its perceived threat to Yorkshire’s identity. The date references the Battle of Minden in 1759 (in fact the day was already celebrated by the successors of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as “Minden Day”) and 1834’s emancipation of slaves in the British Empire for which William Wilberforce, an MP from Hull, had campaigned.
Celebrations have expanded over the years, with many activities arranged locally. A civic gathering organised by the Yorkshire Society brings together the Lord Mayors, Mayors and other civic leaders from across the country whilst in York a declaration is read from each of the city’s four Bars (entranceways through the City Walls) to re-assert the bond between the ridings of Yorkshire as they come together as one.
Celebrate Yorkshire Day with Cedar Court Hotels across the county
Cedar Court Hotels is proud of it Yorkshire heritage and its connections through the region so it is no surprised that they are in the heart of the celebrations – and encourage guests and visitors (whether they are lucky enough to be from Yorkshire or not) to join in.
Have a great Yorkshire day – wherever you are and wherever you're from!