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All aboard for Yorkshire Day

Bradfordians are being encouraged to celebrate Yorkshire Day in style on Saturday August 1, with events being held across the district – including celebrating 150 years since the first passenger train arrived in Ilkley.

Yorkshire Day celebrations in Bradford city centre will start at 12 noon with the City Hall bells striking the hour and playing the Yorkshire anthem, ‘Ilkla Moor Baht’at. The former Lady Mayoress, Liz Sharp, will then lead the singing of ‘Ilkla Moor Baht’at.

Cllr Joanne Dodds
Cllr Joanne Dodds

Following the singing, the Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Joanne Dodds will perform the official reading of the Yorkshire Day Declaration on the steps of Bradford’s City Hall and the Yorkshire flag will fly in Centenary Square.

The reading will be followed by a traditional Yorkshire Day lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding with a dessert of Yorkshire Curd Tart and a cup of Yorkshire tea in City Hall’s Banqueting Hall. There will be live music and Yorkshire themed songs and poems. Tickets for the lunch are £15 with the money raised going to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. People can get tickets by emailing dale.smith@bradford.gov.uk.

The Lord Mayor’s mascot Brad Ford Bear will be collecting money for the appeal as well as selling white Yorkshire roses, raffle tickets and quiz sheets.

A street party, with entertainment throughout the day, including live music, will return to Bradford’s North Parade. The event is being organised by businesses on the street.

The Bradford Brewery will be hosting a Beer and Food Festival on both the Saturday and Sunday with over 50 beers, a Yorkshire Cider Bar, street food and live music.

In Ilkley the Yorkshire Day Declaration will be read out by the Town Crier at 11am at Ilkley Railway Station following the arrival of a special train at 10.57am, to celebrate 150 years of the first passenger train coming to Ilkley. The station and train will be decorated and children are being invited to dress up in Victorian style clothing.

The Ilkley Summer Festival will then be formally opened by the Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, followed by Yorkshire themed music from the Clifton Silver Band.

A unique parade of over 100 classic and vintage cars will line The Grove as members of the Yorkshire Dales Classic Car Club assemble at the start of their summer tour. There will also be live music and food and drink stalls.

A social hike over Ilkley Moor to Dick Hudson’s Inn, will start at the Cow and Calf Rocks at 10am.

In the afternoon a “We’ll Meet Again” tea dance will take place at the Clarke Foley Centre from 2pm – 5.30pm hosted by entertainer Shirley Britten.

The Council’s Visitor Information Centres throughout the district will be selling a large selection of Yorkshire merchandise including flags, pin badges, mugs, pens and baseball caps to help people get into the spirit of the day.

The Visitor Information Centre in Saltaire will be handing out free samples of Yorkshire food, donated by local Saltaire shops, as well as running a range of free activities and competitions over the weekend.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Joanne Dodds, said: “I think it’s important to keep these traditions alive and I’m really looking forward to playing my part in helping to celebrate Yorkshire’s big day on August the 1st. I’d like to encourage everyone to come to these events and celebrate their Yorkshire connections.”

For more information about celebrations for Yorkshire Day visit www.visitbradford.com

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