1 August 2021

YORKSHIRE

It's "Yorkshire Day" today! May I take this opportunity to wish you and all other visitors to this humble Yorkshire blog a very HAPPY YORKSHIRE DAY!

Yorkshire is England's biggest ceremonial county. Our population is bigger than Scotland's thought we don't receive the advantageous  funding that Scots have  enjoyed for generations. We hope to get a big slice of that when  or if Scotland goes independent.

Official forms often ask correspondents to state their "nationality". Here in Yorkshire, I am not the only one who prefers to write "Yorkshire" rather than "British" or "English".  We are rightly proud of our wonderful and varied county with its rich history and its spirit of common sense, fairness and creativity.

We feel ourselves to be a long way from London which seems like an alien place populated by Old Etonians, bankers and newspaper editors who know little about Yorkshire and the rest of The North.

Yorkshire Day is a time for celebration. For Yorkshire puddings, Wensleydale cheese, Yorkshire curd tarts. A time for remembering Fred Trueman, Amy Johnson, The Bronte Sisters, Captain James Cook, J.B.Priestley, Andrew Marvell, Ted Hughes,  William Wilberforce and Guy Fawkes.

Yes my friends,  let us dance to  "On Ilkley Moor Baht 'At" and  then let us sing the old football refrain that has often been chanted  by vocal Hull City supporters through the decades: "Yorkshire! Yorkshire! Yorkshire!" The lyrics are easy to grasp.

43 comments:

  1. You have a lot to be very proud of. Enjoy your celebration day.

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    1. It's coming up for 1pm and I am already "merry" Tigger. Thanks for your good wishes.

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  2. I wish the map could be a little larger, but I guess I can find it online.
    I am surprised you population is higher than that of Scotland, and I will take your word for it.
    York has the premium train museum in Britain and a station where you can travel in so many directions.
    I've heard of the Yorkshire Moors but I am not sure the moors is an attraction. They sound a bit creepy and a good place to disappear.
    The accent is understandable and not hard on the ears.
    Yep, probably not a bad place at all.

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    1. The North Yorkshire Moors form a national park. Perhaps not as much visited as The Yorkshire Dales National Park but still very lovely. Scotland's population is approximately 5.3 million but within the historic boundaries of Yorkshire there are an estimated 5.5 million people.

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  3. Sounds like a foreign country to me.
    Do we need passports to visit?

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    1. I will be happy to sponsor you and Lord Peregrine if you decide to buy the Cherry Burton house.

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  4. Happy Yorkshire Day! Enjoy the festivities!

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    1. Ey up Jennifer! Ow's tha goin on lass?

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    2. Very well, thank you sir!

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  5. Happy Yorkshire Day, YP. I too love Yorkshire as much as I have seen so far. Just for your information, as a Londoner born and bred I am neither an Etonian, a banker or a newspaper journalist, but I forgive you that error. Living in London is not all it's cracked up to be particularly the extortionate house prices and travel costs. :(

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    1. I heard that the streets of London are paved with gold. Do you know The Queen?

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  6. Congratulations YP. I love the Bronte's, Scarborough and Eric Cantona. The greatest ever export from Yorkshire.

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    1. Aye I once saw yon Eric wi' 'is whippet up ont Ilkley Moor tha knows. Ee wor atein tripe.

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  7. Happy Yorkshire Day from a Yorkshire lass!

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    1. Ee by gum! Happy Yorkshire Day to a Yorkshire lass from a Yorkshire lad!

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  8. Happy Yorkshire Day to you, sir. You are a fine representative and advocate for your place in the world.

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  9. Happy Yorkshire Day!
    As I am not at home this weekend, my sister and I will celebrate our own Yorkshire Day some time next week. I will make Yorkshire pudding for us and there will be drinks. Hopefully, next year we can have our much missed annual Yorkshire holiday again.

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    1. Ripon is still waiting for you. You will be older and wiser when you return.

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  10. There exists in England a curious cult of Northernness, a sort of Northern snobbishness. A Yorkshireman in the South will always take care to let you know that he regards you as an inferior...
    When I first went to Yorkshire, some years ago, I imagined that I was going to a country of boors. I was used to the London Yorkshireman with his interminable harangues and his pride in the supposed raciness of his dialect ... and I expected to meet with a great deal of rudeness. But I met with nothing of the kind ...
    George Orwell: The Road to Wigan Pier

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    1. I have read "The Road to Wigan Pier" and several other books by George Orwell or Eric Blair as he should be known. He was only 47 when he died. Unlike other writers from his snobbish southern class, at least he admitted that The North existed and showed some interest in it.

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  11. Happy Birthday to Yorkshire and Colorado. The nature gods were extra generous when making those two places.

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    1. You have got The Rockies. We have got The Yorkshire Wolds.

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  12. Happy Yorkshire Day to you! I have to confess I did not know there was such a day. However, I do feel a special bond with Yorkshire ever since spending a summer month there in my teens (with a family in a village near Doncaster). ;)

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    1. What was that village called DT?

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    2. Wadworth. Being a Yorkshireman, you probably know how to pronounce it. If I had not been there, I would not know! (Although nowadays, one can actually find almost anything online... Just checked for fun and found this: https://forvo.com/word/wadworth/)

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    3. Oh yes. I have walked around Wadworth. Even though it is close to two mortorways it is a nice village with a lovely old church.

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  13. Happy Yorkshire Day! I'm all for remembering the Brontes. Ted Hughes, not so much.

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  14. Scatter my ashes on the Humber Estuary, lad.
    I ask for two hymns.
    Abide With Me and Jerusalem, sung by our beloved Lesley Garrett.
    With those broad Yorkshire vowels of yours, recite Psalm 103 from the King James.
    *As for man, his days are as grass: like a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.*

    In the words of Thomas More:
    Until we all meet most merrily in Heaven.
    Haggerty

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    1. We duz speak proper int Yorkshire Rabbie!

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  15. Happy Yorkshire! I wish I had visited there on my trips to England.

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    1. I bet you spent a fortune in London!

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    2. Yes, mostly in London but also in every tourist trap the tour took us to.

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  16. The population comparison is surprising. Thank you for educating us, and enjoy your day!

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    1. Scotland gets far too much airtime in comparison with Yorkshire.

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  17. Happy Yorkshire Day YP - to you and yours.
    Will you be celebrating with real beer, or of a can of vegan?

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    1. With a massive Yorkshire pudding that rose like a magic carpet from the roasting tin.

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  18. Happy Yorkshire Day! That video clip is brilliant. There's so much to celebrate about your beautiful county and its people. I managed only 3 days wandering the historic streets of lovely York, the Minster and Cathedral, Bar Convent, bookshops,and Betty's but enjoyed every minute and hope to return one day. In the meantime I get a weekly dose of All Creatures Great and Small to remind me of Yorkshire characters and a cup of Yorkshire tea.
    Cheers Adele

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    1. How lovely that you got to spend some time in our ancient capital city - not New York but Old York. Squeeze Charlotte's cheeks for me!

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  19. Happy Yorkshire Day! I spent a weekend at the University of York many, many years ago.

    Do you claim James Herriot? I know he wasn't born in Yorkshire, but I seem to remember most of his stories took place there. I loved those books.

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    1. I came to say this too. Since the author is a statue in Thirsk these days, I think James Herriot is very much Yorkshire now.

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    2. We adopted him - an honorary Yorkshireman.

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