Saturday, 1 August 2015

Yorkshire Day - Home from t'South

Father-daughter road trip

Just got back from a trip with Emily around five counties: Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. I will blog about why and where exactly we went in the future. In the meantime it is good to be back in time for Yorkshire Day. Good to breathe the northern air again.

Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day is of course entirely made up – like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Secretary’s Day – but it had noble origins in 1975 as a protest against local government reorganisation and the date was picked to remember:

Chance to promote stereotypes

A bit of research shows that tabloids often use Yorkshire Day as a chance to promote flat-cap-wearing, ferret-down-the-trousers, muddy-welly Farmer curmudgeon stereotypes of Yorkshire folk. Karl Young in The Metro cites Size, Tea, Pride, Olympians, Culture and Passion as reasons to celebrate coming from Yorkshire. It’s as good a list as any, as long as Culture embraces History as well as the Arts; and Passion and Pride includes the Moors and the Dales and the Rivers and the Crags.
Nicola Adams, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jessica Ennis-Hill, JB Priestley,
Amy Johnson, Alan Bennett, David Hockney, Judi Dench,
Scary Spice (Mel B), Sean Bean, Katherine Brunt and Danielle Hazell (cricketers), Henry Moore,
Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Boycott, Betty Boothroyd, Michael Parkinson,
Barbara Hepworth, Corrine Bailey Rae, James Martin, Bront
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Long live Yorkshire Pride!