Pride in Yorkshire blossoms with special August 1 celebrations
THEY wore their white roses with pride today.
And rightly so.
August 1 is now firmly-established as Yorkshire Day, highlighting pride in the county.
Staff at the Yorkshire Building Society marked the day by handing out white roses to customers in Huddersfield.
And Fartown businessman Peter Rodgers gave weighty backing to a special ceremony in York, marking Yorkshire Day.
He and his wife Sheila took to the road in his 1930 Yorkshire-built Jowett lorry, in its original livery.
He was joined by a second Jowett lorry, dating from 1951, for a two-hour trip to York to take part in the historic Yorkshire declaration, at the various gates of the city.
Mr Rodgers, who runs a garage business off Bradford Road, said: "They are lorries that were built by Yorkshire craftsman and built to last.
"It says on the front of a Jowett handbook "Jowetts never wear out - they pass to the next of kin" and that's certainly the case.
"My grandfather had a Jowett and I worked with them most of my life.
"I'm proud to be taking Yorkshire lorries to York on Yorkshire Day."
In Huddersfield more than 300 white roses are being handed out to mark Yorkshire Day.
Staff at Yorkshire Building Society, New Street, approached people in the street to celebrate the event.
Tanya Jackson, of the Society, said: "We're Yorkshire and we're proud."
The branch is awaiting news of the first born baby in the town as part of a nationwide scheme to grant new arrivals honorary Yorkshire status.
Tanya said: "Across the country we are in contact with all local hospitals near our branches and are going to make the first babies honorary Yorkshire people.
"They will get a children's savings account with some cash in."