I honestly can’t believe I haven’t written something about this before!
As a marketing and PR tool, having your own ‘day’ is second to none. There are, at least, good historical reasons for 1 August, but what started as a minor curiosity seems to have turned into a money-making exercise, as such things tend to do.
There is a declaration to be read, the timing of which increases by one minute each year to reflect the number of years since Yorkshire’s borders were first delineated in 875. This is going to cause a problem in a few years, when we skip 40 years and read the Declaration at 12.00, not 11.60, but there you go. If the various Internet servers agree, this post will have been published bang on 11.43am. I do not hold my breath…
That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1,143 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 Yorkshire men 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 2018. God Save the Queen!”