It's Yorkshire Day today - and there are many celebrations taking place across the county.
For those who don't know, the day was first marked in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as a "protest movement" against the re-organisation of local councils - under the Local Government Act of 1974. It is also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in 1834, for which Yorkshire MP William Wilberforce had campaigned.
There will be a day of events in Skipton:
- 9.30 am: Canal boat flotilla along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal
- 10.00 am: Forming of the Civic Procession
- 10.30 am: Civic Procession to Holy Trinity Church, led by Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band - Catterick Garrison
- 11.00am: Service at Holy Trinity Church
Meanwhile in York, celebrations will also be taking place. They include members of the Yorkshire Ridings Society walking a circuit of the Bar Walls with the Yorkshire Flag, and reading the Yorkshire 'declaration of integrity' at a number of points along the route. The Deputy Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Hyman will join the celebration and will read the final declaration in Parliament Street at 1pm. To mark the occasion the Yorkshire flag will be flying above the Mansion House.
– Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Julie Gunnell:
"I am delighted to be attending the regional celebrations for Yorkshire Day. Yorkshire day is a great concept to commemorate the heritage in the county of Yorkshire. The event promises to be a huge celebration of all things Yorkshire and will be particularly poignant as the county is less than one year away from hosting the largest annual sporting event in the world, the Tour de France."
Meanwhile commuters at Leeds train station will be treated to rock and roll with a difference this Thursday as the Otley Ukulele Orchestra perform outside the Visitor Centre. The Orchestra will serve up a mixed menu of anything from The Clash to Cream, from Hendrix to the Human League and more. They will be performing from 5.15pm.
And Meadowhall have shipped in memorabilia and artefacts from all ends of Sheffield to pull together a one-day-only exhibition.
Items include the Harry Brealey collection - The founder of stainless steel - featuring a number of his first creations; the Sheffield coat of Arms, the FIFA centennial order of merit, of which there are only 2 in the world. This is the highest honour awarded by FIFA to clubs that have made a significant contribution to football, and it belongs to Sheffield FC.
– Alex Caley, Meadowhall Event Manager
"Sheffield is famous the world over, and what better day to showcase and celebrate some of our great exports than on Yorkshire Day! From being the greenest area to live in the UK to the city which boasts the largest number of personal registration plates Sheffield is famous for many reasons.
"Steel is synonymous with our city but we have a very strong sport and music legacy too, and are home to some of our best loved bands, including The Human League, Def Leppard, the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp which we'll be looking to honour in our pop-up exhibition too."