Fly the flag for Yorkshire Day

yorkshire rose
yorkshire rose

Parish and county councils across East Yorkshire are being urged to fly the white rose flag of Yorkshire by campaigners to mark Yorkshire Day on August 1.

Last year, the Yorkshire Devolution Movement wrote to all local authorities in Yorkshire urging them to fly the traditional white rose flag outside public buildings in their ownership - but only a handful did so.

Nigel Sollitt, Chair of The Yorkshire Devolution Movement, said: “Although we wrote to all local authorities in Yorkshire last year well ahead of Yorkshire day on August 1, only a handful took the decision to fly the White Rose flag.

“This was met with a lot of criticism from the Yorkshire public. This year in particular, after the outpouring of pride in Yorkshire during the days of the Tour de France when Yorkshire flags could be seen lining the route on both stages, we would want a better showing than in 2013.

“We are sure councils don’t need reminding this year, but we are writing to them all just in case”

Yorkshire Day was first celebrated widely in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as “a protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974”, The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day. Together with five other infantry regiments of the British Army, a rose is permitted to be worn in the headdress. In the case of the Light Infantry, the rose is white.

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