Huddersfield proudly celebrated Yorkshire Day with tea parties, cake stalls and of course Yorkshire Pudding tasting.

Celebrations were in full flow across the town with events in The Piazza and Huddersfield Tourist Information Centre from mid morning today.

The Examiner pitched up at the Piazza and was handing out ‘Pride of Yorkshire’ balloons to passers-by and toured the town with its “Digi Van” to wish people Happy Yorkshire Day.

Pippa-Mae Carver, 2, receives an Examiner Yorkshire Day balloon from Sarah Davies watched by David Lea at the Piazza, Huddersfield.
Pippa-Mae Carver, 2, receives an Examiner Yorkshire Day balloon from Sarah Davies watched by David Lea at the Piazza, Huddersfield.
 

Kirklees Mayor Clr Ken Smith joined staff and visitors at a Yorkshire Tea party at the tourist information stall in the Huddersfield Library ahead of Yorkshire-themed stories and songs for children.

Town centre florists at The Posy Bowl got in the spirit with a white rose display.

Margaret Porter, 78, of Netherton was proudly wearing a white rose on her lapel.

She said: “I wear one every year. Its important to celebrate Yorkshire Day. I am a supporter of Cancer Research and we are hosting an event tonight at Crosland Heath Golf Club.

“Its a sit down meal completely with a roast beef dinner and of course Yorkshire Pudding. We hope to raise as much money as possible for a fantastic cause.”

Susan Jones, 51, of Crosland Moor said: “I don’t think they do enough for Yorkshire Day. I was pleased to see the balloons on the Piazza to celebrate it and so was my grandaughter.”

Georgina Ramsden, 28, of Cowlersley said: “I didn’t know it was Yorkshire Day until I saw it on Facebook. I think its a good idea to celebrate it.”

Huddersfield-based law fire Switalskis Solicitors hosted a tea party to support Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

Alison Kaye, partner at the Huddersfield office said: “Forget Me Not is a fantastic local cause and we we’re proud to support them on Yorkshire Day.”

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Over in Holmfirth a weekend-long schedule of events is planned including the famous sheep window trail for children, ferret racing, and a fantastic Birds of Prey Display on Sunday.

But no Yorkshire Day would be complete with a Yorkshire pudding eating competition at Holmfirth Market.

Competitiors are going head-to-head to see how many puds they can stomach in 60 seconds. If you fancy getting a bite of the action the event takes place at 11.30am and 1pm on Saturday.

There will also be face-painting on Saturday from 12pm-4pm at Norridge Bottom, Holmfirth with little ones getting a Yorkshire Rose or even a Holmfirth Tiger face paints.

Now in its 39th year, Yorkshire Day was launched by The Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1975 to revel in the very best of the county after the introduction of new local government boundaries.

Always keen for a knees-up here in God’s own country, us Yorkshire folk embraced the celebration and has seen a resurgence in taking pride in our home towns.