When is Yorkshire Day 2019 and what are some of the best things to do?
YORKSHIRE is the UK’s largest county and every year the people celebrate all the great things that hail from the dales.
Here’s everything you need to know about Yorkshire Day 2019 and how you can celebrate it.
What is Yorkshire Day?
Yorkshire Day is a celebration that takes place once a year to honour everything about the history of the county to its most memorable residents.
One of the main celebrations of the day is the reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity and it is always read in the city of York in Old English, Latin, Old Norse and modern English.
Special celebrations also take place in Yorkshire’s most famous cities, which include Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Hull.
Each year all of the lord mayors, mayors and other civic heads from across the county gather in one Yorkshire town or city to hold a gathering and parade.
When is Yorkshire Day 2019 celebrated?
Yorkshire Day is always celebrated on August 1 and this year is no exception.
The date refers to the Battle of Minden on August 1, 1759, when British forces defeated the French thanks to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Before the battle, British troops placed white roses in their headdresses and coats – a tradition that has been carried on today.
It was then decided that August 1 was the best day to mark Yorkshire Day.
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How can you celebrate Yorkshire Day 2019?
Yorkshire Day 2019 is being hosted by Whitby.
Whitby has been chosen this year as it coincides with Captain Cook, one of the county’s most famous sons, first arrival in New Zealand 250 years ago.
Currently a number of activities are being planned but the main event will be the Civic Celebration when Lord Mayors, mayors, civic leaders and VIPs from across the county gather to celebrate the special day.
If you can’t make it to Yorkshire, you could still join in on the fun by making Yorkshire puddings for dinner.
Research from Plusnet has revealed that people who regularly ate Yorkshire puddings are happier than their peers.
The study also found that the Yorkshire pudding is such a staple in the region that people from Yorkshire are twice (29 per cent) as likely to eat them at least once a week compared to the national average.
Or if you don’t fancy a Yorkshire pudding, why not watch classic Yorkshire TV such as Emmerdale or Last of the Summer Wine?