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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Yorkshire Day

White Rose of York. Image by Sodacan (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. 18 January 2011. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

August 1 is Yorkshire Day. The celebration was created in 1975 to promote Yorkshire County, England. It was first celebrated by the Yorkshire Ridings Society. August 1 was chosen as the date because the Battle of Minden was fought on 1 August 1759, and soldiers from Yorkshire regiments picked roses from the Minden fields to pay tribute to the fallen men.

On Yorkshire Day, the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity is read at the four bars (gates) of York: Micklegate Bar, Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, and Walmgate Bar.

Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity
"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 [Current Year minus 875] 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 which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [Year]. God Save the Queen!"

Events are organized in nearly every Yorkshire town; they include gatherings of civic heads such as mayors and Lord Mayors, musical performances, theatrical productions, and festivals. People may get together with family and friends, or visit local attractions. Many people wear a Yorkshire rose.

The Mapplebeck family was from Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Day (Wikipedia)
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Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire Ridings Society)
Yorkshire Day - 1st August
Yorkshire Day Fact File

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