1 EAGLETON NOTES: Happy Yorkshire Day

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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Happy Yorkshire Day

Much as it might pain a lesser Lancastrian I hereby wish all of those born under the White Rose a very happy Yorkshire Day. 

For those wondering what Yorkshire Day is:

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as "a protest movement against the local government re-organisation of 1974". The date alludes to the Battle of Minden, and also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned.

The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day. Together with five other infantry regiments of the British Army, a rose is permitted to be worn in the headdress. In the case of the Light Infantry, the rose is white.

20 comments:

  1. Thank you Graham. I was born in Yorkshire but now am confused....Again.
    I have been told over and over again I must not be Nationalist never mind countyist. I must be a ballist or accept that I'm an illiterate hitler. I guess globalism is just a load of balls.

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    1. Adrian, I think that humans have demonstrated tribalism is the norm. Ironically I rather think you are less tribal than most despite many of your utterances.

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  2. I admire the title of this blogpost but have had too many celebratory pints of "Black Sheep" to say anything but "Hic!"
    P.S> Lancashire Day is on November 27th.

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    1. Gosh, YP, I didn't even know that there was a Lancashire Day.

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  3. Well, happy Yorkshire Day. My wife's from Yorkshire. I wonder if she knows about this day. Probably not.

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    1. Thanks, Red. I suspect that few people know about Yorkshire Day.

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  4. The rose of all the world is not for me.
    I want for my part
    Only the little white rose of Scotland
    That smells sharp and sweet—and breaks the heart.

    - Hugh MacDiarmid

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    1. Heavens. How did that happen. I've not been in Blogland since 1 August. How tempus fugit. Marcheline, I'm afraid that Scotland will have to share the white rose with Yorkshire. Lancashire, on the other hand will stay with its full-blooded red rose.

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  5. August 1st, to me, is Lammas; the day when we eat the first loaves of bread from the new harvest. No room for Yorkshire Day.

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    1. Cro, Lammas, sounds a good one to celebrate - no pride involved (the first sin) just gratefulness.

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  6. I know about Yorkshire Day! (Of course I would, wouldn't I!)
    Unfortunately, with the recent flooding and hail storms etc. in the Dales, it won't have been a very happy Yorkshire Day for some.
    My sister and I would have liked to have a meal together, with me making Yorkshire Pudding and she bringing Yorkshire tea to drink later, but neither of us had time last night, so we'll have to do that some other day.

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    1. Of course, Meike, you would know about Yorkshire Day. Dare I say that I don't drink Yorkshire Tea (called "builders' tea" in Scotland) only Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong as a rule. Even as a Lancastrian I love Yorkshire Pudding though.

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  7. Thanks for that information, my ancestors were in cornwall and devon, none in yorkshire sadly.

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    1. Amy, I wouldn't be sad about not having Yorkshire blood: Cornwall and Devon are equally proud of their heritage.

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  8. Thanks for the information, Graham.

    I thought it was a special day for Yorkie! I'm sure he does! :)

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  9. As a child I remember being baffled by the rivalry between York and Lancaster. Perhaps that is partly because several of my male forebears had been in the York & Lancaster regiment. They were all dead by then, so I never heard if there was rivalry within the regiment !

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    1. Jenny, such rivalries totally bemuse me although I go along with it for the purpose of amusement. I dislike any form of claim to superiority on the grounds of an accident of birth.

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  10. I never heard of it - but then I haven't been to Yorkshire since 1974!

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    1. Monica, I'd have accepted it if you'd never heard of Yorkshire - I think it only exists in the minds of a strange English Tribe.

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