There was an excellent attendance at Redcar Town Clock this morning for the annual reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity.
Former Bishop Auckland Town Crier and former Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Middlesbrough, Chris Foote-Wood led the proceedings encouraging people to attend the ceremony and promoting the sale of white roses to raise funds for Redcar Lifeboat.
After a short speech of welcome by Ian Swales MP, who said he was proud to call himself a Yorkshire MP, Chris Foote-Wood read the Declaration on the stroke of 11.37 am, which is exactly 1137 years since the first recorded reference to the Ridings of Yorkshire in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles of the year 876. A huge cheer followed the words Yorkshire forever.
The rose girls raising funds for Redcar Lifeboat
Chris Foote-Wood draws the crowds
Chris Foote-Wood reads the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity
watched by Redcar MP Ian Swales.