Ey Up Lad – Last Saturday twas Yorkshire Day

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Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society. It began as part of a protest movement against local government reforms that came into force in 1974.

The day 1st August every year is now celebrated by many Yorkshire folk each year.

How do people celebrate?

Although typically celebrated in Yorkshire, many people outside of the county and even globally now recognise and celebrate the day.

Yorkshire Day celebrations originally started with just a reading of the Declaration of Integrity, but now the day involves anything to do with Yorkshire, from local cuisine and confectionery to our rich historic past.

Celebrations usually involve eating a large amount of traditional Yorkshire food, including the renowned Yorkshire Pudding, but they can also be as simple as reminding ourselves of all the things that are great about Yorkshire.

Yorkshire/English Translator Part 1

A’gate – meaning ‘get on your way’, ‘be off with you’. Get a’gate or tha’ll be late fur school.

Boits – meaning boots or shoes.

Casey – meaning a leather football.

Do it Thi’ssen – meaning do it yourself.

Eeh ba gum! – meaning oh my goodness!. ‘Eeh ba gum, that wir a near miss’ This is mainly used by southerners who mistakenly think we say it all the time.

Frame Thi’ssen – meaning try harder.

Goffs – meaning smells horrid. ‘ Urgh, it goffs in ‘ere, has sommat died?.

Maftin’ – meaning hot, clammy. Open t’window, it’s maftin’ in ‘ere’

Nesh – meaning to feel the cold. ‘Nesh southerners, can’t hack a Yorkshire winter’.

A traditional custom which is still upheld by many is the reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity.

Each year, there’s also an official civic celebration of Yorkshire Day, but it was unfortunately cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Yorkshire Society explains: “The 2020 official civic celebration was to be hosted by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

“Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this has been cancelled. An online event will be organised instead.”

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