Happy Yorkshire Day!

Here at Brook International, we’re so proud to be from Yorkshire. We started in Otley in 1898, and we’re currently based in Cross Hills (just between Keighley and Skipton). So, we’re fully Yorkshire, born and bred!

To the rest of the world, Yorkshire is just another English county. But, for those of us who occupy it, we’d argue differently. This year for Yorkshire Day, we’ve tried to explain what it means to be from this wonderful part of the world. 

We view ourselves as the chosen ones – we’re that lucky to live here! And, we beam with pride at the stereotypes that come with being from ‘God’s Own County’.

Just how proper Yorkshire are you?

Firstly, let’s talk about Yorkshire puddings.

If you’re having a roast for tea, they’re non-negotiable. And, throw away your frozen puds – Aunt Bessie’s just don’t cut the mustard. Nothing tests your Yorkshire roots like mastering the art of homemade Yorkshire puddings.

Yorkshire Tea runs through our veins.

Put the kettle on, love. Revered like holy water, you’re not going to find a better brew. If you have any other brand in tha pantry, chuck em int bin.

Don’t ever give us red roses.

White is the only acceptable colour of roses, thank you.

Our beach holidays are in Scarbados.

Scarborough, England’s first seaside resort, is where we go whenever the temperature hits 15 degrees.  

Yorkshire grub is the best.

From the Rhubarb Triangle to Wallace and Gromit’s Wensleydale, we’re blessed with the tastiest scran.

Yorkshire practically has its own language.

The word ‘the’? Doesn’t exist. The letter ‘T’? We’re scared of it. And don’t even get us started on lunch, dinner, and tea.

The History of Yorkshire Day

Taking place on August 1st every year, Yorkshire Day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating everything that is unique and special about Yorkshire’s culture, history, and identity.

The origins of Yorkshire Day can be traced back to 1975, when the Yorkshire Ridings Society, a group that aimed to promote the historic boundaries of the county, proposed the idea. Their aim was to raise awareness and pride in Yorkshire’s heritage and traditions.

Yorkshire Day also falls upon the anniversary of the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834, during which William Wilberforce, a Yorkshire MP, had campaigned for the emancipation. It was also celebrated by the Light Infantry as Minden Day, after the Battle of Minden.

Now, the day remains an opportunity for people in Yorkshire to come together, celebrate their local culture, and appreciate the beauty and history of our wonderful county! Yorkshire’s rich history, landscapes, and contributions to British culture are recognised and memorialised during this celebration.

We’re so proud to be from this incredible county. Whether you’re from Yorkshire or not, there’s something for everyone here – even Brook International!

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