God's Own County; Celebrate Yorkshire Day with a Pork Pie in Hand
As you’ll know, celebrating Yorkshire is something we like to do year-round. But every August 1st when Yorkshire Day comes around, we love to push the boat out with celebrations for our county (spoiler: it does involve pork pie.) But what is Yorkshire Day? Why do we celebrate and what events can you go to come August 1st?
Every year, Yorkshire Day is celebrated on August 1st, to promote our county. The concept originated in 1974 during a meeting of the Yorkshire Ridings Society and the following year, on August 1st of 1875 the first ever Yorkshire Day took place – and has continued ever since. Whilst the celebration encapsulates everything about Yorkshire, the integrity of the historic county is especially focused on. Each year, at each of the four bars of York (the gates into the old walled city) the declaration is read.
The Yorkshire Declaration;
“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 [Current Year minus 875] years standing; That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire; That all persons born therein or resident therein 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!”
The declaration is read facing into each of the three Ridings and then into the City of York. It’s read in all the languages used in Yorkshire since it’s earliest known language in Anglo Saxon times – these are; Old English, Latin, Old Norse and then our modern English. The 875 years remaining is a reference to the Viking founding in 875AD.
There’s many different events on around Yorkshire to celebrate:
The midsummer themed circus-themed family day out sounds a fun event for the whole family with circus skills workshops, funfair rides and of course – racing. There’s also a Bark de Triomphe – a Burgess Supadog contest where all breeds and sizes of dogs are put head to head. This sounds like a really fun event for the whole family!
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
From 10am-3pm, Yorkshire Day is celebrated by a fun day for the entire family. If you fancy flat cap throwing, Yorkshire Pudding & Spoon races and a Yorkshire Tea relay race, this is the event for you. They recommend you take a picnic with you so, we’d suggest a good ol’ pork pie picnic, with some salad, piccalilli and perhaps a few sausage rolls and some crisps – simple and tasty which everyone will love!
Yorkshire Day on T’ Moor
With an event offering sports events, crafts, stalls, taster stalls and performances from Yorkshire talent, this event really appeals to us! Head to The Moor in Sheffield to enjoy the events on the 1st August. We’ve even read there’s a welly wanging competition which is apparently a Yorkshire tradition where you have to launch a welly boot from the end of your foot, projecting it as far as you can within boundary lines. Have you ever taken part in a welly wanging contest? There’ll also be a test on your knowledge of Yorkshire sayings, so make sure to brush up on these. If you get stuck, we’ll share our favourite Yorkshire saying with you, whilst many are stereotypical and therefore annoying to us Yorkshire Folks, two sayings we’ve all heard from our mum and dad- ‘it’s like Blackpool illuminations in ‘ere’ when you’ve left the big light on, and ‘ow much?!’ when you ask for literally anything. Luckily – with our medium, 6 mini and 6 mini pickle pork pies on offer in Asda this week, so you can avoid the saying.
What will you do to celebrate? We’re torn between attending an event or staying at home and celebrating with family and a nice meal. Whatever we decide, you can bet we’ll somehow incorporate food – whether that’s via a picnic or a buffet at home. Either way, there’ll be a pork pie or two featuring. As a pork pie brand from Yorkshire, we’ve been proud to bake our pies here since 1928 – and have no intention of stopping any time soon!