Tuesday, 31 July 2007

It's Yorkshire Day tomorrow

The first written reference to the Ridings of Yorkshire appears in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles 876AD and this Yorkshire Day, 1st August 2007, we celebrate their 1132nd birthday by reading the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity (a statement of allegiance to the Ridings of Yorkshire), in York and Redcar at 11.32am.

Yorkshire Day, Wednesday 1st August 2007:
In York - Readings of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity, will be in the four languages used since 876AD (Latin, Old English, Old Norse and Modern English) around the walls of York, including Micklegate Bar at 11.32am. York City Council have also organised events events organised in St Samson Square, where another reading will take place at 1.00pm.

In Redcar - The YRS North Riding Group have arranged a reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity at Redcar Town Clock at 11.32am. The declaration will be read by local radio celebrity Stewart MacFarlane MBE and a poem will be read by British Legion stalwart Eric Howden. Artificial white roses are being sold and all proceeds go to the Redcar Lifeboat.
More than £5000 has been raised over the past ten years by the North Riding Group for local charities. "It is good to see local residents queuing up year after year to pay £1 for a rose to wear on Yorkshire Day,"said Redcar Councillor Chris Abbott, Chairman of the Ridings Society.

Contacts for comment or more information:

YORK - Roger Sewell, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee - 07734 079646
YORK - Peter Hindle, York member of the Executive Committee - 01904 794559
REDCAR - Chris Abbott, Chairman of the Executive Committee - 01642 487557 or 07974 127179

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