Yorkshire marks special day in typical White Rose style

Gareth Bragger of Northern Rail and Isobel Pritchard from Leeds at the Yorkshire Tea on Yorkshire Day event at Leeds Station. Picture by Graham Lindley.

Gareth Bragger of Northern Rail and Isobel Pritchard from Leeds at the Yorkshire Tea on Yorkshire Day event at Leeds Station. Picture by Graham Lindley.

People across the county have been raising their mugs to toast all things Yorkshire.

The annual Yorkshire Day celebration has seen everything from civic parades and Yorkshire Pudding eating contests to fundraising events and tea parties take place today.

Taylors of Harrogate, which produces one of the county’s most famous exports in Yorkshire Tea, raised a toast to the county with an extraordinary range of edible sculptures made out of tea infused cake.

Commuters passing through Leeds city station were wowed by a 6ft-tall edible pouring teapot cake, while the firm unveiled a Yorkshire Tea party cake installation of famous Yorkshire faces Mel B, Dame Judi Dench, Louis Tomlinson and Jarvis Cocker at London’s Kings Cross Station to mark the celebration.

God’s own county has been riding on the crest of a wave of optimism following the glorious success of the Tour de France Grand Depart’s visit last month, and regional pride is at a peak.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire Day gives the entire county a chance to show their county pride all at the same time, and it’s always a delight to see how creative and passionate people are about doing this.”

He added: “There has never been a better time celebrate everything about this great county.”

The tasty artwork by Connie Viney came as Yorkshire Tea revealed a recent survey of more than 1,100 Brits showed a third of people in Yorkshire believe August 1 should be a national holiday.

Leeds’ Yorkshire pride was marked city-wide. Crossgates Shopping Centre, in Station Road, played host to a range of White Rose-themed events including ferret racing, dialect workshops and key ring crafts.

The D,ukes ukulele band entertained visitors while raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the centre’s Balcony restaurant reduced the price of Yorkshire Puddings for guests.

Marketing manager Sophie Stephenson said: “As part of our children’s summer activity we’ve been celebrating everything Yorkshire.

“The ferrets have proved really popular and there’s been a great atmosphere among our shoppers who are clearly very passionate about the region.”

Staff at Sainsbury’s in Colton also marked the event by donning pink and raising money for The Haven, a breast cancer support charity which provides one-on-one support for those affected by the illness in Yorkshire.

Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “When the eyes of the world turned to Yorkshire, we didn’t disappoint, coming together to give the thousands who lined the streets and the millions who tuned in across the globe an unforgettable spectacle which showcased the pride, passion and energy of the whole region.

“Following the amazing success of the Tour de France, that pride in our county is more justified than ever and it’s fitting that we now take every chance to celebrate what we’ve accomplished.”

The first baby to be born at the Leeds General Infirmary on Yorkshire Day was welcomed into the world at Leeds Children’s Hospital at 4am.

Baby Bella Falkingham, from Bramley, Leeds, weighed a healthy 8lb 2oz.

Elsewhere in the county, a parade that invited mayors and other civic representatives from across the county to take part, marked the 39th annual Yorkshire Day in South Kirby while a three-day celebration that included a Yorkshire Pudding eating contest and ferret racing started in Holmfirth, Kirklees.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in West Bretton, Wakefield, is hosting a summer evening barbecue, while the Jorvik Group greeted Lord Mayors of York past and present into the city amid a flurry of white rose petals.

The York event, which proved another example of the rich heritage and intrinsic pride which runs deep in Yorkshire, also marked the launch of York’s Medieval Festival which will run over the entire weekend.

“It seems only appropriate that we celebrate both the white rose – a symbol of York and Yorkshire, but also of light and joy,” said festival director Danielle Daglan, of the Jorvik attractions group.

“We are hoping that this can start a new tradition.”




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