Yorkshire Day: Refreshing events on August 1 are just the tea

Ready to pour: Steve Kimber from The Blue Building Tourist Information prepares to serve Yorkshire Tea.                                         Picture: Dean Atkins.
Ready to pour: Steve Kimber from The Blue Building Tourist Information prepares to serve Yorkshire Tea. Picture: Dean Atkins.
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THE Olympics may be grabbing all the headlines - but today marks another special celebration in the white rose county - it’s Yorkshire Day.

Today is the 37th year of the annual Yorkshire celebrations, which always fall on August 1.

And it’s becoming a major event in Doncaster.

Civic Mayor, Christine Mills, was heading to Scarborough this morning for the county’s main event, but the borough is still hosting some special attractions.

The tastiest will be at the Blue Building tourist office in the High Street, where staff will be serving Yorkshire Tea and cakes from 11am to 2pm.

The free event is sponsored by Cooplands, Taylors of Harrogate and Morrisons, guaranteeing plenty of edible treats to sample.

Yorkshire Day was first created in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, whose members were keen to preserve Yorkshire’s identity when local government reorganisation divided the county into four separate administrative areas.

Each year on August 1 the Yorkshire Ridings Society performs its traditional Yorkshire Day rite, with readings of the Declarations Of Integrity in modern and old dialect around the city walls of York.

The ritual is in tribute to the 1,137 years since the first reference to the county and its Ridings was made.

August 1 was adopted as Yorkshire Day because the date is that of a famous British battle victory which involved a large contingent of soldiers from Yorkshire.

Regiments who fought at the Battle of Minden in Germany on that date in 1759 wear white roses on their caps or berets to commemorate the fact that their forebears plucked wild roses from the hedgerows at Minden as they advanced towards the enemy during The Seven Years War.

To commemorate Yorkshire Day there will be free tours of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum today.

The museum, based within Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Chequer Road, looks at the history of the KOYLI, whose battle standard honours include Minden.

The tours will take place at 11am and 2.30pm and visitors do not have to book - they can just call into the museum.

Tickhill Residents’ Association always marks Yorkshire Day.

Members will be holding their annual treasure hunt this evening, setting off from the Alderson Drive cricket club at 6.30pm.

People wanting to travel further afield in Yorkshire can visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where a special lunchtime Pullman service will depart from Grosmont at 1.30pm.

At the Yorkshire Air Museum near York, Scarborough’s own Sir George Cayley, inventor of the aeroplane, will feature in a Pioneers Of Aviation exhibition.