WATCH: Harrogate celebrates Yorkshire Day


Last updated Aug 4, 2020

People in Harrogate are celebrating Yorkshire Day today and the Stray Ferret has been out to find out what the county means to them.

Yorkshire Day is an annual event which promotes and celebrates the county of Yorkshire

The day was first celebrated in 1975, and each year since, people have come together to celebrate all ‘God’s own county’ has to offer.

Yorkshire Rose

Yorkshire Rose

Here’s what people had to say when the Stray Ferret asked “what does Yorkshire mean to you?”

Andy Stanworth, who was born in Skipton and now lives in Harrogate, said:

“It should be its own country, we are bigger than Scotland and it’s just the best place there is.”

Meanwhile, Erica, who was born in Ilkley and lives in Harrogate, said

“It’s just amazing, and to have a day to celebrate the best county is very special… I’m a very proud Yorkshire woman.”

Yorkshire Day celebrations originally started with just a reading, but now the day is marked in many different ways. Mayors from across Yorkshire usually unite in one of the region’s towns or cities, but this year’s celebrations have been moved online because of the coronavirus crisis.

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