Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Dickie Bird joins in our Yorkshire Day celebrations

Famous Yorkshireman and retired Test cricket umpire Dickie Bird has appealed to Redcar and Cleveland residents to help celebrate Yorkshire Day on Friday, August 1.

Dickie, the star attraction at a sportsman's dinner, explained: "I am pleased to be part of the celebrations at Redcar and Cleveland and hope residents will follow my enthusiasm and join in on the day."

Council Leader George Dunning said: "It's an honour for Redcar and Cleveland to have been chosen by the Yorkshire Society to host this annual event for the first time. And it's great that Dickie can be part of the celebrations."

The day begins at 10.30am with the Council's Mayor, Councillor Mike Findley, welcoming 250 civic dignitaries from across Yorkshire to Guisborough and leading a parade along the town's Westgate.

There will be a church service at St Nicholas Parish Church and following the service at 1pm the dignitaries will then sit down for a special lunch at Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough.

The hall at Laurence Jackson School will then be transfromed for the sportsman's dinner, and Dickie will be joined by comedian Billy Bean who has worked alongside soccer stars Paul Merson and Sir Bobby Charlton. Tickets for the dinner are £30 and include a two-course meal.

Dickie explained: "At the dinner I will be recalling many of my favourite memories of Yorkshire and my days as a cricket umpire. Yorkshire Day is a fantastic event to celebrate all that is good across the county."

Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Borough's three Tourist Information Centres at the Esplanade, Redcar 01642 471921, Saltburn Station 01287 622422, Gisborough Priory 01287 633801.

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