Posted by Chris:
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is to host the Yorkshire Society's Yorkshire Day Celebrations on 1st August 2008. A motion was passed at today's meeting of the Full Council and only the Labour councillors voted against it.
We will be setting up a steering group to begin preparations as soon as possible.
The Council had received an invitation from the Yorkshire Society to host the celebrations. I should add that this is a completely separate organisation from the Yorkshire Ridings Society, which I currently chair.
The Yorkshire Society was formed in 1980 and has held this event in a different town each year since about 1984.
This, in my opinion, is a wonderful opportunity for our Borough and especially for whoever will be our Mayor in 2008. Around 250 Civic heads/dignitaries and Yorkshire Society members attend a Church Service of Celebration for Yorkshire (the historic County) and a formal Banquet, including a civic procession (in full colourful regalia) to Church and to the Banqueting Hall. The Civic guest list is prepared and passed from one host to the next, and updated as necessary on an annual basis. Of the 250 in attendance around 30 or 40 are Society members.
The hosting Council selects a guest of honour and speaker at the luncheon, and the Mayor usually makes a welcome speech.
The cost of the event is met by the hosting Council, which I understand from previous hosts can be defrayed by means of sponsorship from local/regional businesses. The luncheon is again covered by a ticket price for those in attendance.
The event is being held in Hull this year and last year it was held in Penistone.
Our event does not necessarily have to be held in Redcar. It could be Guisborough or Saltburn or Eston and we could perhaps let each town bid for the event.
Where ever it is held the event and the celebration gives the Council a fantastic opportunity to promote itself, our community and our region across the County and beyond.