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Happy Yorkshire Day!

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I, Neil Turner, being a resident of the West Riding of Yorkshire declare:

That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1139 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 2014. God Save the Queen!

Today is the 1st August, which means that it’s Yorkshire Day, an annual event to promote and celebrate the historic English county of Yorkshire. The above is the ‘Declaration of Integrity’ which is read out by members of the Yorkshire Ridings Society and affirms the foundation of Yorkshire in 875 AD.

I’ve lived in Yorkshire all of my life – York, Bradford and now Sowerby Bridge – and am very proud to call Yorkshire my home. And I’m joined by another five million people who call Yorkshire home, making it more populous than Wales and the Republic of Ireland, and just a few thousand people less than Scotland. Seven of Britain’s cities – York, Ripon, Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Sheffield are here, along with ten universities, and Britain’s national collections of railways, media and armouries.

Our recent hosting of the Grand D├ępart of the Tour de France showed what Yorkshire can do, with huge crowds all the way along the course over both days, whilst at the same time showing off the county’s fantastic scenery.

So, whether you’re from Yorkshire or not, take a moment to celebrate Yorkshire today. Perhaps with a cup of Yorkshire Tea, or a pint of ale from one of Yorkshire’s many independent breweries. Cheers!

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