Yorkshire Day 2006

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The County of York
Yorkshire FlagFormally known as the County of York, Yorkshire is a Historic County of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. The Yorkshire flag is of the Royal House of York, with a white rose on a blue background, and is recognised by the Flag Institute. Penistone is very much on the edge of the county, with the border to Derbyshire only a few miles away to the south.

In the early times, the region was occupied by Celts in two separate tribes, the Brigantes (North) and the Parisii (East). The Roman invasion established the fortified city of Eboracum (York) as the capital of 'Britannia Inferior'. It was joint-capital of all Roman Britain. The Romans left in the early 5th century.

With various other invasions over the centuries, perhaps the greatest influence on the local language was from the Danish language and this is evident in many Yorkshire place-names. Some Yorkshire dialect words are similar to Danish, such as 'lig' (to lie down). One notable point in history is in in September 1069 AD, when the people of the North rebelled against the Normans, enlisting Sweyn II of Denmark. They tried to take back York, but the Normans burnt it before they could. What followed was the 'Harrying of the North' ordered by William the Conqueror. This was a huge campaign to kill, starve and burn and it greatly reduced the population of Yorkshire.

The county had been divided into three Ridings ('thriddings') and this lasted for centuries until the 1974 implementation of the Local Government Act, which did away with the Ridings for administrative purposes and invented three more to keep the natives happy. Among older inhabitants, the 'new' regions are only deemed of relevance for administrative purposes while the original Ridings continue as cultural boundaries.

Although long abandoned as a unit for administrative purposes, the county of Yorkshire is widely recognised as a cultural region. It is significant in sports and used by many organisations as a regional unit. Even with the Ridings still in place, however tenuously, the people of Yorkshire continue to identify with the County of York as a single unit. The county is unusual in the way that many of its inhabitants (slang name 'Tykes') identify themselves with the county and owe an allegiance to it. Some evidence for this can be found at local celebrations and especially the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, where the Yorkshire flag was visible at every turn, in every Yorkshire town and village on the route.

In 2013, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, formally recognised and acknowledged the continued existence of England's 39 historic counties, of which Yorkshire is one. In April 2014 (under the coalition government) Planning Rules were changed to allow councils to put up boundary signs marking traditional English counties. In August 2014, the first road sign was erected to mark the boundary of the historic county of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Day
In celebration of our great Yorkshire spirit, the Yorkshire Society holds a special event on Yorkshire Day (1st August) each year, with a gathering of lord mayors, mayors, civic leaders and Yorkshire Society members from across God's Own County, with typically a banquet and church service in honour of our distinctive county. Various peripheral events are organised and Yorkshire people can feel the pride of belonging to the country's largets and greatest county, which has a boundary of over 600 miles.

Yorkshire Day started in 1975 as a reaction to local government reforms which were perceived as a threat to Yorkshire's identity and as a calendar event to keep the Yorkshire spirit alive. It has held true ever since and has been held in Saltburn, Saddleworth and these other fine places:

A Proud Day in Penistone
In 2006, Penistone was proud to host the event. Members of the Yorkshire Society and distinguished Civic Leaders were formally invited to participate in the event by Penistone Mayor, Cllr Nora Collett. The local council and Yorkshire Day committee took the event very seriously and made a big effort to make the day a success. They deserve full credit for what turned out to be a wonderful event, in spite of very variable weather on the day.

Only the top two pictures are clickable to larger ones. The remaining pictures are still frames taken from video.

The Special ServiceJunior Morris Dancing
Bishop & VicarThe Band

Penistone photographer and musician David Thorp took 10" x 8" commemorative photos of the dignitaries for people to order. A hour-long service was held in Penistone Church, finishing with 'Ilkley Moor' and the long parade went around the block led by the military band. They were taken up to Penistone Grammar School for a special dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with solicitor Mr Stephen Smith as guest speaker.

Events of the Day
These were the main events of the day:

Paramount Cinema (Penistone Town Hall)
Free films

Yorkshire Day Celebration Concert

Tykes Together
But not everyone sees the good side of the sometimes less-than-'umble, common Tyke. Our regional characteristic is stereotypically one of bluntness and parsimony, as befits the traditional rural nature of the county.

The Yorkshireman's Motto: "Hear all, See all, Say nowt. Eyt all, Sup all, Pay nowt. And if tha ever does owt for nowt, allus do it for thissen."

Yorkshire FlagReferring to a Yorkshire Coat of Arms (see Flikr) in some old variant of the dialect:

"A Flea, a Fly, a Magpie, an Bacon Flitch Is t' Yorkshireman's Coit of Arms,
And t'reason they've chossen these things so rich,
Is becos they have all speshal charms.

A Flea will bite whoivver it can, An' soa, my lads, will a Yorkshireman.
A Fly will sup wi' Dick, Tom, or Dan, An' soa, by gow, 'ull a Yorkshireman.
A Magpie can talk for a terrible span, An' soa an' all can a Yorkshireman.
A Flitch is noa gooid till it's hung, you'll agree, No more is a Yorkshireman, don't you see".

Explained thus:
A fly will tipple with any body, so will a Yorkshireman; a flea will bite every body; so will a Yorkshireman; a magpie will chatter with any body, so will a Yorkshireman; and a flitch of bacon is never good for anything until it has been hung, no more is a Yorkshireman.

The Links
Some glorious Yorkshire Websites and (below) what I pinched from them:

Things for the Tyke to Remember:

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