01 August 2017

Happy Yorkshire Day 2017! When is it and how’s it celebrated? Things to do and special events

YORKSHIRE is the UK’s largest county and every year the people celebrate all the great things that hail from the dales.

Here’s everything you need to know about Yorkshire Day 2017 and how you can celebrate it TODAY

The view of the Ribblehead viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales National Park., just one of the things to celebrate on Yorkshire Day 2017

What is Yorkshire Day?

Yorkshire Day is a celebration that takes place once a year to honour everything about the history of the county to its most memorable residents.

One of the main celebrations of the day is the reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity and it is always read in the city of York in Old English, Latin, Old Norse and modern English.

Special celebrations also take place in Yorkshire’s most famous cities, which include Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Hull.

Each year all of the lord mayors, mayors and other civic heads from across the county gather in one Yorkshire town or city to hold a gathering and parade.

When is Yorkshire Day 2017 celebrated?

Yorkshire Day is always celebrated on August 1 (TODAY) and this year is no exception.

The date refers to the Battle of Minden on August 1, 1759, when British forces defeated the French thanks to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

The traditional fishing town of Staithes in North Yorkshire. Yorkshire Day 2017 celebrations will be centred around Sheffield

Before the battle, British troops placed white roses in their headdresses and coats – a tradition that has been carried on today.

It was then decided that August 1 was the best day to mark Yorkshire Day.

How can you celebrate Yorkshire Day 2017?

The main celebrations for Yorkshire Day 2017 are taking place in Sheffield, the city in the south of the county.

But events are taking place today right across the county, from family fun days to parades and markets.

If you can’t make it to Yorkshire, you could still join in on the fun.

Why not make Yorkshire puddings for dinner or watch classic Yorkshire TV such as Emmerdale or Last of the Summer Wine.

Masterchef's Marcus Wareing reveals a yorkshire pud doesn't go with chicken dinners

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