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Yorkshire Day: What Is It and Why Does The British Military Celebrate It?

Yorkshire Day coincides with Minden Day which is also celebrated on August 1st each year.

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Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975 in Beverly as a protest against local government reforms, but today it is a time for civic leaders, mayors, dignitaries and the public to get together and celebrate all things that are Yorkshire. 

The Yorkshire Ridings Society chose August 1st as this was the day when Yorkshire soldiers who had fought in the Battle of Minden picked white roses as tributes to their dead comrades.

For the British military, the day also commemorates the Battle of Minden between Anglo-German army and French forces in 1759, during the Seven Years' War, 260 years ago.

It is said that before that battle, British forces cut roses from local fields and put them in their head dress, before engaging with the enemy.

Since then, on Minden Day, regiments with a historic link to that battle have continued to mark the event and pay respect by putting roses in their berets.

Yorkshire Regiment

Another tradition of Yorkshire Day is members of the Yorkshire Society recite a Declaration of Integrity.

"I, (name), being a resident of the [West/North/East] Riding of Yorkshire [or City of York] declare:

"That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1134 years standing; That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;

"That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women;

"That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.

"These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [year].

"God Save the Queen!"

This year’s official Yorkshire Day (1st August) celebrations will be taking place in Whitby.