TODAY is Yorkshire Day – but not much was being staged to mark the county’s heritage in Huddersfield.
The Head Of Steam pub in St George’s Square was having a beer festival featuring at least 50 Yorkshire-brewed beers – until the beer runs out in the next day or so.
Car parking attendants in the Alfred Street multi-storey car park were wearing white Yorkshire roses with pride and Cummins Turbo Technologies were holding a special event for employees at its St Andrew’s Road site.
August 1 was chosen as it was on this date in 1759 that soldiers from Yorkshire regiments who had fought in the Battle of Minden in Germany picked white roses from bushes near the battlefields as a tribute to their fallen comrades.
Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975.
The main focus of this year’s activities will be a three-day festival at Harewood House near Leeds which will be attended by famous Tykes including cricket umpire Dickie Bird.
Rosie Winterton, minister for Yorkshire and the Humber and MP for Doncaster, said: “Yorkshire Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on many of the great things there are about living here.
“Yorkshire is a great place where National Parks sit side by side with vibrant and exciting cities.”