Yorkshire Day, 1st August each year, is a day to celebrate everything Yorkshire, but especially the integrity of the county. It has grown in popularity over the years, and many celebrations take place throughout Yorkshire, and wider afield.
It was celebrated in 1975 by The Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as a 'protest movement against the Local Government reorganisation of 1974.'
The central and longstanding tradition of Yorkshire Day is the reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity, which is a statement of allegiance to Yorkshire and its boundaries and affirms Yorkshire's ancient foundation in 875AD (as the Kingdom of Jorvik) by the Viking Chief Halfdan Ragnarsson.
The 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 1139 years standing (current year minus 875;)
That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;
That all persons born therein or resident therin 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!"
Each year, on 1st August, members of The Yorkshire Ridings Society read the Declaration of the Integrity of Yorkshire at four of the Bars (gatehouses) of York.
A reading is held facing into each of the three Ridings and into the City. In recent years a reading has been held in the City centre too.
The traditional boundaries of the three Ridings run up to the ancient City walls, so by making the Declaration out of three of the Bars, the Society can make the Declaration in each Riding, followed by reading the Decalartion from a fourth Bar into the City.
Enjoy Yorkshire Day and our beautiful and historic county!
Thanks for reading :)
The Yorkshire Ridings Society
Original article on bod's blog.