Wednesday, 25 October 2006

New Chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society

Chris is the new Chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society.

Members of the Society's Executive Committee, met last night in the Black Swan, York, to select a replacement for one of the Society's founder members, Roland (Colin) Holt of Fenwick, near Doncaster, who died in April.

Chris said: "It is a real honour to follow Colin Holt as Chairman of the Ridings Society. It was a sad blow when we lost Colin In April but the Society carries on with the same enthusiasm that has kept it going for more than 30 years.

"I feel proud that members have placed their trust in me as the person to continue the good work that Colin started. Some of these members have travelled to York, from all parts of the County, six or eight times year, in all weathers, to meetings and have kept the Society alive and thriving since 1974."

Roger Sewell, of Goole, who last year completed a charity walk around the boundary of real Yorkshire, is the new Vice Chairman.

The Yorkshire Ridings Society campaigns for recognition of the continuing existence of the Ridings of Yorkshire, never abolished, in spite of numerous local government changes that created new administrative counties and lately new unitary authorities.

Members campaign for Yorkshire to be used as part of the postal address in all parts of the historic County. For the real County to appear on maps alongside local government administrative areas and have been active in restoring and erecting signs on the real boundaries of Yorkshire.

The Society invented Yorkshire Day in 1975 and the event is now celebrated, on August 1st each year, in many towns and villages across the real County.

A former member of Cleveland County Council, Chris took a controversial stand as a member of the County Council, actively campaigning for its abolition and its replacement by four unitary authorities, with boundaries along the River Tees - the traditional boundary between Yorkshire and Durham.

The County Council and the administrative county of Cleveland was formally abolished on 1st April 1996. Chris saw this as the catalyst for regaining recognition for the area south of the Tees to be part of Yorkshire for all cultural, ceremonial and sporting and postal purposes. This ambition was partly achieved in 2003 when Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council agreed to recognise its status as part of Yorkshire and decided to use Yorkshire as part of its postal address.

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