Yorkshire Day in Wakefield and New Zealand

The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe inspects some of the troops.
The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe inspects some of the troops.
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ALL things Yorkshire will be celebrated in the city next month but it seems ex-pats in New Zealand could teach us a thing or two.

The Merrie City will host the official Yorkshire Day celebrations on Monday, August 1.

To mark the occasion, civic dignitaries from across the region will take part in a parade through the city centre.

It will be led by the regimental band and troops from the 3rd Battalion, the Rifles, who were awarded the Freedom of the City last year.

The Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund said: “I’m delighted that Wakefield is hosting the Yorkshire Day civic celebrations this year.

“Yorkshire Day is an important date in our calendar and a time when people can show their pride in their county and celebrate all that is wonderful about it – making the most of our rich historical and cultural heritage and achievements.”

A special service at Wakefield Cathedral will follow the parade, which will leave the town hall at 10.30am.

After the service, which starts at 11am, a civic reception will be held at the National Coal Mining Museum, where local author Ian Clayton will be the after-dinner speaker.

But they won’t be doing things by halves in New Zealand where ex-pats will celebrate on July 31 with everything from Yorkshire knowledge competitions to fish and chips, Yorkshire beer, stories and songs and even the cutting of a themed cake followed by a special rendition of Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at.

The event, in the town of Waiuku, is organised by Ron and Sylvia Bird who emigrated many years ago from Pocklington.

Mr Bird said: “I’d not heard of Yorkshire Day until 2007 when I was helping out at a world scout jamboree and most of the staff there were from Yorkshire. They had their own celebration and it inspired me to take the idea back to new Zealand.

“Word spread and it’s grown from there. Everyone always really enjoys it and it’s such a small world that people often find they have lots in common.”

For more information on Yorkshire Day celebrations across the county visit www.wakefield.gov.uk or www.yorkshire.com