Parade through Wakefieldshow’s great pride in Yorkshire Day

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

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A PATRIOTIC parade marked Yorkshire Day in Wakefield this week.

The city was chosen to host this year’s official celebrations on Monday by the Yorkshire Society.

And crowds lined the streets to watch a host of civic dignitaries from across the region march through the city on their way to a special service at Wakefield Cathedral.

Onlookers who had turned out to see troops from the 3rd Battalion, the Rifles, were left disappointed when only a handful turned up.

But major Alan Howarth said it could not be helped because the battalion is currently in training ready for deployment to Afghanistan.

The service at the Cathedral was followed by a civic reception at the National Coal Mining Museum, where broadcaster and writer Ian Clayton was guest speaker.

Guests, including the Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund, deputy lord lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Dinmore and Lord St Oswald, president of the Yorkshire Society, also had the opportunity to experience life at the coal face with underground and overground tours of the museum.

Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund said: “ I was very proud to host the Yorkshire Day celebrations in Wakefield this year and was particularly delighted to see so many people lining the streets for the parade. I would like to thank The Rifles regimental band for taking part and all our other guests for joining us and making it a very wonderful Yorkshire occasion here in our city.

Yorkshire Day was founded by the Yorkshire Society and celebrates all that is great about the county.

It has its historical origins in the Seven Years War (1758-1764) when at the Battle of Minden on 1 August 1759, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry were instrumental in the defeat of the French army. Minden Day was then celebrated on August 1.

See page 29 to find out how Yorkshire Day was celebrated in the past.