A FLURRY of white rose petals falling over a medieval Lord Mayor can mean only one thing - Yorkshire Day is upon us.
More than 500 years after his death, one of York’s most beloved sons has been resurrected for August 1 - a celebration of God’s own county.
Coun Ian Gillies, Lord Mayor of York, came face-to-face with his medieval counterpart at Monk Bar for a new ceremony, featuring the white rose, dedicated to the spirit of the occasion.
The event also marked the launch of York’s Medieval Festival this weekend, just one of the examples of the rich heritage which runs deep in the blood of every Yorkshire man and woman.
“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.”
Meanwhile across the county, residents are preparing to fly the flag in their own unique way.
From tea parties, to quizzes, to Yorkshire Pudding tossing - anything goes for the army of proud Tykes, still on a high from the success of the Grand Depart.
Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds 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.”
Today will see the largest gathering of civic dignitaries in the UK, including the mayors of Yorkshire’s major cities and towns, taking to the streets of the West Yorkshire town of South Kirkby.
The area is the smallest to be selected as an official host of the celebrations since the Yorkshire Society began overseeing the event in 1975.
It will represent something of a homecoming for one member, Laurie Harrison, a former Wakefield mayor and leader of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council.
Mr Harrison was one of the first to come up with the idea of choosing a different host every year and had always promised to bring the procession to his home town.
“South Kirkby might only small but we are going to put on a great show,” said Diane Hickes, town council clerk and parade organiser.
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