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Facts you might not know about Yorkshire Day

Events are taking place across the county to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Here are a few facts about the origins of the event:

  • It is celebrated on August 1 to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire
  • It was initially celebrated in 1975 in Beverley as a protest against the local government re-organisation of 1974.
  • The Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity, is read out as a central part of the celebrations, which affims Yorkshire's anicent foundation in 875 AD
  • As part of the celebrations there is a Civic gathering of Lord Mayors, Mayors and other Civic Heads from across the county, covened by the Yorkshire Society.

Hospital parking charges being introduced for disabled badge holders

Disabled blue badge holders will have to pay to park at three of the region's hospitals under controversial new charges being brought in by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

Parking fees for disabled blue badge holders being introduced at some hospitals

From September they will be charged £2 for parking for upto one hour at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury Hospitals and £2.80 for over an hour.

But drivers without blue badges will face parking increases from today with charges rising from £1.30 to £2 for upto an hour and from £4.10 to £5 for between two and four hours.

Yorkshire Day celebrations planned in Bradford

Yorkshire Day celebrations are planned to take place in Bradford later today.

They will start at 12 noon with the City Hall bells striking the hour and playing the Yorkshire anthem, 'Ilkla Moor Baht'at.

As part of the ceremony, Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Joanne Dodds will perform the official reading of the Yorkshire Day Declaration on the steps of Bradford's City Hall and the Yorkshire flag will fly in Centenary Square.

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