Monday, 24 July 2006

Yorkshire Day 1st August 2006

Members of the Yorkshire Ridings Society have planned a full day of activities to celebrate the 1131st birthday of the Ridings of Yorkshire.

This year has been a sad one for the Society following the death of our Chairman, R. Colin Holt, who passed away in April. Colin did so much for the society and the Yorkshire cause, right from the start and he is sadly missed. The Executive Committee is determined to carry on the good work that Colin did and we will keep in regular touch with our members.

Much has been achieved so far and we are as keen as ever to continue to campaign for recognition of the continuing existence of the Ridings, to have them shown on maps, used as part of the postal address and displayed on boundary signs.

In the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland the proceedings will be led by Radio Cleveland personality Stewart MacFarlane MBE, who will read the modern English version. British Legion stalwart, Eric Howden will read the Latin version and Loftus Councillor, Dave Fitzpatrick will read the Old Norse version. We are seeking a volunteer to read the complicated Old English version. A copy of the scripts are attached.

A new event this year is the Flat Cap Fling. This takes place at Redcar Town Clock between 11am and 12 noon, as part of Redcar & Cleveland's Yorkshire Festival of fun for all the family, on Saturday 28th July. Entry is FREE and the winner will receive the DJ Tucker Ltd Cup.

The Annual North Riding Duck Race also takes place on Saturday 28th July - 2.30pm at Saltburn Beck. £1 per entry. The winner will receive the Colin Holt Cup. Proceeds from this will go to the Ridings Society's fund to pay for "Part of the Historic North Riding of Yorkshire" boundary signs on the eight roads leading into the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland.

Please show your pride in Yorkshire by wearing a white rose on Yorkshire Day. All proceeds from the sales of white roses by the Society's North Riding Group will go to Redcar Lifeboat. More than £5000 has been raised for local charities from the sales of white roses since 1997.

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