Glynis and Charlotte are pictured with Howard Sykes at the Lancashire boundary sign
Lib Dem Howard said YES and today we travelled to Grains Bar at Saddleworth to witness the unveiling of the first of what we hope are many West Riding and Lancashire signs at the historic boundary.
The signs, paid for by Saddleworth White Rose Society, Yorkshire Ridings Society, Association of British Counties and the Friends of Real Lancashire, were erected on the wall of the former Toll Bar house (Lancashire) and on the original West Riding plinth.
On behalf of the hosts, Saddleworth White Rose Society, The Town Crier welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Councillor and Mrs Jim McArdle, James the Youth Mayor of Oldham, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Councillor Howard Sykes, the Lady Chairman of Shaw & Crompton Parish Council Councillor Mari Wiswell, the Leader of Saddleworth Parish Council Councillor Brian Lord, Phil Woolas MP, representatives of Friends of Real Lancashire, Yorkshire Ridings Society, Association of British Counties and several elected Councillors.
The Lancashire sign was unveiled by the Lady Chairman of Shaw & Crompton Parish Council Councillor Mari Wiswell and the West Riding sign by Councillor Brian Lord Leader of Saddleworth Parish Council.
After the event we were treated to a hot pot lunch at the Rams Head Inn at Denshaw.
The original signs were removed following local government re-organisation in 1974 but organisations like SWRS, YRS, FORL and ABC have long campaigned to have them replaced. The 1972 Act of Parliament that resulted in Saddleworth becoming part of the Borough of Oldham in Lancashire, abolished the West Riding County Council but it did not abolish the West Riding of Yorkshire, nor did it abolish real Lancashire. As Government statements made clear at the time, the changes were for administrative purposes only - "for all other purposes Yorkshire is still Yorkshire."