Yorkshire Day 2019 – As it happened

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10:12 am Friday (2 August)

Lovely pix from the day


These cracking pix from Andy Little really sum up the fun of Yorkshire Day yesterday. Same time next year?

9:55 pm Thursday (1 August)

Young Market Traders set out their stalls on Parliament Street

Photograph: YorkMix
Forty 16 to 30-year-olds from the Yorkshire and Humber region set up stall in Parliament Street today.

They were competing in the regional final of the Young Traders Market programme showcasing the brightest and best that young entrepreneurs have to offer.

The Yorkshire Day event, hosted by Make It York, is part of the Young Traders Market programme organised by the NMTF, the organisation representing market and street traders.

Chris Price, Head of City Centre and Markets at Make It York, said:

  • It’s fantastic to be the host city for this regional final.
    Many of today’s most successful businesses started life in a daily local market and we hope this event will help encourage and develop our young entrepreneurs of the future.

    Inspiring young people is essential to the sustainability of markets at the centre of our community, as Shambles Market is in York, and what better day to do so than on Yorkshire Day.

According to Twitter, the Cone Queen was named as the winner, one of those who goes on to compete in the national finals.

7:50 pm Thursday (1 August)

Yorkshire Pud finalists cook up a storm

Photographs: YorkMix

Here are a few pix of the six finalists in the York Roast Co competition to find the best new Yorkshire Pudding filling.

They were all taking part in a cook off at the Cookery School at the Grand Hotel in York today.

Hosted by York Roast Co boss Wayne Chadwick, the competition was judged by the Cookery School’s head chef tutor Andrew Dixon as well as the current World Yorkshire Pudding Champion, Christopher Blackburn.

These were the finalists and their dishes:

  • Lynette Jenkins (Stockport): Cauliflower Cheese bake with a Yorkshire Pudding crust
  • Tom Casson (York): The War of The Roses – A Yorkshire pudding filled with a Lancashire hotpot
  • Juliet McCardle (Heaton Chapel): Saffron Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Koftas, Harissa Carrots and Yogurt with Pomegranate Molasses
  • Bethan Taylor-Garret (Manchester): Yorkshire Pudding Waffles with Roast Beef
  • Nella Foulds (Leicester): Yorkshire Pudding with Rhubarb Crumble Custard
  • Garry Sykes (Doncaster): Chocolate Topped Popping Raspberry Creme Yorkshire Pudding

2:58 pm Thursday (1 August)

The Merchant Taylors Hall’s Yorkshre (Open) Day

Perfectly timed for Yorkshire Day, the Merchant Taylors Hall on Aldwark is holding an open day.

You can explore the ancient hall, enjoy the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers’ exhibition and relax with some refreshments.

2:41 pm Thursday (1 August)

Londoners get free roses for Yorkshire Day

Hundreds of white roses have been given out in London to celebrate Yorkshire Day and encourage people to pay a visit to ‘God’s Own County’.

A total of 365 of the flowers – an iconic symbol of Yorkshire – were handed to people travelling through London Kings Cross station by the Welcome to Yorkshire team to mark the county’s special day – and to highlight the fact that every day of the year is the perfect time to pay a visit to Yorkshire.

The LNER team were also in attendance to celebrate the launch of the new Azuma route, which will stop at York between Edinburgh and London.

2:28 pm Thursday (1 August)

York makes the top ten tea drinking cities

Tea news now, and new research into drinking habits has revealed that people in Yorkshire drink an average of four cups of tea every day, working out at a whopping 22.5m brews across the county.

The study by carpet retailer ScS, and timed for Yorkshire Day, looked at how many brews are being drunk across the UK as well as the most popular time to pop on the kettle.

Yorkshire’s most popular tea-time was found to be 8am, with over a third (35%) brewing at this time. York was among the top tea drinking cities (5th and 10th in a top ten list).

Top tea drinking cities and how many cups they drink daily

  1. Belfast – 7 cups
  2. Norwich – 6 cups
  3. Liverpool – 5.4 cups
  4. Oxford – 5.3 cups
  5. Leeds – 5.2 cups
  6. London – 5 cups
  7. Birmingham – 5 cups
  8. Newcastle – 4.8 cups
  9. Coventry – 4.6 cups
  10. York – 4.5 cups
2:08 pm Thursday (1 August)

People are loving the big screen

The big screen in York is proving popular! It’s showing an amazing film of old York footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive – see the trailer below, with a lunchtime screening of Chicken Run in between.

1:37 pm Thursday (1 August)

York town crier gets a shiny new bell
An all-new oyez – Ben with his new bell. Photograph: Rachel Rogers

York’s new town crier Ben Fry, off of Minster FM, has a beautiful new bell, courtesy of Taylor’s Bell Foundry.

It was presented to him this lunchtime as part of the Yorkshire Day celebrations.

Ben became the new town crier thanks to funding from the York BID – the organisation behind most of today’s activities – and York Civic Trust.

He had been using the bell used by the last bellman of York, kindly lent by Darrell Buttery.

Today though he has a bell of his very own, beautifully engraved with the York city crest.

And after his first ring with the new bell he made an announcement about the afternoon’s Yorkshire Day activities.

Photographs: YorkMix

Photograph: Rachel Rogers

The new bell
12:14 pm Thursday (1 August)

Yorkshire Ridings declaration – video

Here’s the famous Yorkshire Ridings declaration, pronounced in three languages at York’s four main bars, starting at Micklegate, every Yorkshire Day.

11:27 am Thursday (1 August)

Great prizes for the best York selfies today

If you take a great selfie with the giant deckchair or floral flag today, and post it to social media with the tag #York_ShireDay, you could win a great prize.

The winner gets a stay at the Grand Hotel for two, and the runner up tickets to a show at the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre plus refreshments.

11:17 am Thursday (1 August)

York’s town crier is spreading the news

Here’s Minster FM’s Ben Fry spreading the great news. And he’ll be getting a shiny new bell later

10:21 am Thursday (1 August)

Colour and fun in St Sampson’s Square


There’s everything you need for Yorkshire Day in St Sampson’s Square.

Lots of colourful deckchairs under the Yorkshire Day bunting, the York Roast Co cooking up a storm, and the big screen ready to show some fantastic old footage of York from the Yorkshire Film Archive.

It’s on all day, come on down!

9:05 am Thursday (1 August)

Changing Yorkshire attitudes

A new survey for Yorkshire Day by the Yorkshire-based broadband firm Plusnet shows a chasm between millennials and baby boomers’ ideas of what they consider to be Yorkshire “icons”.

Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys look set to be a lasting icon of the region, with 21% of 18 to 24-year-olds saying they made Yorkshire what it is in 2019.

But the Bronte sisters are falling out of favour, with only 6% of millennials naming them Yorkshire icons compared with 40% of those aged 55 and over.

Gravy was another rising Yorkshire star, with 29% of 18 to 24-year-olds saying they felt the brown stuff deserved the crown compared with just 9% of respondents over 55.

But there was clear agreement over the Yorkshire pudding, with 54% of millennials and 69% of baby boomers putting the gastronomic classic at the top of the list.

The survey found that 85% of Yorkshire folk admitted to eating a Yorkshire pudding in the last three months and more than half (52%) of locals stated they could not live without the delicacy.

9:00 am Thursday (1 August)

Early Yorkshire Day messages

Some of the early bird Tweets…

8:54 am Thursday (1 August)

What is Yorkshire Day?

Here are a few facts about the origins of this special day…

Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, formed a year earlier to protest against the local government reorganisation of the county’s traditional borders.

It is always held on August 1, a date that alludes to the Battle of Minden in Germany in 1759, which saw the Army allow soldiers to wear roses in their caps.

Among the usual festivities is the reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity in York, in all the languages used in Yorkshire since its earliest known reference in Anglo-Saxon times, including Old English, Latin, Old Norse and modern English.

This kicks off at 11.44am at Micklegate Bar.

The declaration will refer to “within these boundaries of 1,144 years standing”, which is a reference to its Viking foundation in 875 AD.

8:33 am Thursday (1 August)

Here’s what’s on in York for Yorkshire Day 2019
Ready to roast… York today

Yorkshire Day 2019 is finally here!

After years of doing little on the big day, York is stepping up in its role as capital of the county, hosting a range of Yorkshire Day activities.

Here’s the line up…

Time Location Details
10am-1pm
2:30-7pm
St Sampson’s Square Big screen showing archive footage of York Through the ages
1pm-2:30pm St Sampson’s Square Big screen showing Chicken Run
10am-7pm St Sampson’s Square The York Roast Co food truck serving all day
10am-7pm St Sampson’s Square The “Si Thi” Selfie competition: Best Yorkshire selfie wins a 1 night stay for 2 at the Grand Hotel
10am -7pm St Sampson’s Square 5ft x 3ft Yorkshire flag made of real Yorkshire roses
3pm-6pm The Grand Cookery School The Great Yorkshire Pudding Challenge Final. Finalists compete to create the best Yorkshire pudding based dish for the judges.
10am-4pm Parliament Street 2019 regional final of the Young Traders Markets
1pm-5pm Parliament Street Minster FM Summer of Selfies
10am-5pm Parliament Street Live music from local Yorkshire artists
11:44am—1pm York’s Bars (gateways) The Yorkshire Ridings Society recite the declaration of integrity at all four of York’s bars starting at Micklegate
12:30pm Mansion House, St Helen’s Square York’s own Town Crier is presented with his brand-new bell