Sunday, 1 August 2010

Happy Yorkshire Day

A full day of fun events has been organised in Redcar town centre to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Sunday 1st August.

The mighty Viking, Sicga Draugluin, (played by Corus steelworker John Curr) will be present to deliver the annual Reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity in Old Norse at 11.35am near Redcar Town Clock. Redcar MP Ian Swales will read the modern English version.

All proceeds from the sale of white roses will go the Redcar Lifeboat.

From 11am to 3pm in the High Street there will be craft stalls, trampolines, kiddies rides, tombola and a circus performer. There is a children’s treasure trail to look for 12 pictures of white roses in Redcar shops. On the beach, between 12 noon and 2pm there will be kiddies rides and sports,

The events have been organised by Councillor Irene Curr and the Yorkshire Ridings Society, with the support of Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Town centre management and events team.


Anonymous said...

We are YORKSHIRE, for ever, wake up everyone in Redcar, acknowledge our county with pride. YORKSHIRE!

Joe Anderson said...

I wonder how many people under the age of 60 actually consider themselves Yorkshiremen.

I think Teesside or the Tees Valley is a much more appropriate descriptor: Middlesbrough and Stockton share our economic and social concerns, whilst I very much doubt Ripon or Whitby do!

Chris and Glynis Abbott said...

Joe neither of those dreadful made up names are counties.

Our campaign has nothing to do with local government, economic or social concerns. It is about real counties, geography and heritage.

Local government changes at the whim of bureaucrats. Economic and social needs change to. Real counties are permanent and have nothing to do with local government.

Teesside is a dreadful name that does nothing to boost the image of this area and is only relevant when referring to the industry alongside the river.

It is only promoted by the Evening Gazette for their own vested interests. To con people into buying the paper. Using Teesside instead of the real name of the town to catch readers.

People are not interested in news about other towns which is the only reason why the media is obsessed with Teesside.

Tees Valley simply does not make sense.

Joe Anderson said...

I would disagree with you Chris (although not about the Gazette pushing it to sell papers; they're hesitant to include Hartlepool and Darlington in their definition of Teesside as they lack a market there).

If we're thinking what to call the area, we should use a term to which people feel a sense of belonging. You clearly feel a sense of belonging to Yorkshire, but the majority of Teessiders do not.

Where do you draw the line if you're talking about a county symbolising an area's heritage? Perhaps we should celebrate Danelaw Day!

Identity is fluid and changes as economies and demographics do.