If the giddy hype in the run-up to sixth Yorkshire Day has somehow managed to pass you by (again), it’s understandable that you may be at a loss in deciding how best to celebrate the twenty-four hours dedicated to commemorating God’s Own County.
It is sadly one of our most underrated holidays, more likely spent watching repeats of ‘Come Dine With Me’ than marching across West Riding, a White rose strapped to your lapel,and “On Ilkley Moor bar t’at” whistling forth from your ruddy lips. However, with it often suggested that citizens of Yorkshire are more proud of their county than their country, 1 August is the perfect opportunity to take the Yorkshireman’s motto to heart and “eat all, drink all, pay nothing”.
To celebrate the day members of the Yorkshire Riding Society will be walking the historic walls of York whilst reading the Declaration of Yorkshire Integrity at various sites around the city, a tradition that has stood for over thirty years. Then, once the day’s constitutional has worked up your appetite, join the annual Yorkshire Day and Leeds club Dinner on 2 August. Here you really can eat all and drink all, but unfortunately you must pay something with tickets being priced at £30.00 per person (tables of 10 at £260). This includes a drinks reception followed by a Yorkshire inspired 3 course dinner and coffee all taking place at 3 Albion Place, Leeds.
Still, if you really can’t tear yourself away from the trials and tribulations of Channel 4 dinner parties, rest easy in the knowledge that if you miss 1 August you need not fret. Here in the land of the White Rose, whose citizens are famed for their pride, a single day to celebrate the spirit of Yorkshire isn’t enough. In reality, as you sit in the pub sipping your pint of frothy ale you know the truth: every day is Yorkshire Day.