On Monday 1 August Halifax will be the host town for celebrations for Yorkshire Day, a chance to celebrate all that’s great about the UK’s biggest county.
Held on 1st August each year, the event celebrates all things Yorkshire. ‘Yorkshire Day’ was first celebrated in 1975 in Beverley and was originally a protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974. Today, Yorkshire Day is a regional celebration, giving people a chance to shout about why they have such pride in ‘God’s Own County’.
Mayors from throughout Yorkshire are coming to Halifax to celebrate the day and learn more about our great town. Approximately 200 will parade through the centre of Halifax, walking from the Town Hall at 10am to Halifax Minster, all dressed in robes and mayoral chains, led by a marching band. It is the middle of the summer holidays so we expect lots of people coming into the town to see the parade.
A number of Halifax businesses will be having special offers on Yorkshire merchandise, dressing their shop windows with a Yorkshire theme; others have got a traditional Yorkshire menu on offer.
Bankfield Museum celebrates ‘The Costumes of Yorkshire’ the weekend before the event and Halifax Visitor Centre will be having a ‘Yorkshire Tea Party’ starting at 10.30am.
Children can have a white rose painted on their face on Yorkshire Day. The face painting session runs from 1-3pm at the Children’s Library in Halifax Central Library. ‘Weird Yorkshire’ will be celebrated with a display at the Central Library and ‘Yorkshire and Proud of It’ collections will also be on show.
Find out what else is going on for Yorkshire Day at www.visitcalderdale.com, and ‘like’ the Visit Calderdale Facebook page to see different Yorkshire sayings every day in the run up to 1 August.