Today is Yorkshire Day, a day that won’t mean much at all to most people in Yorkshire.
It seems to be an excuse for charities and community groups in Yorkshire to put on events and help raise money, or as a way of persuading southerners to come and give us a visit.
I did some vox pops for the radio this weekend, asking people in Pocklington what they thought about Yorkshire day. The resounding response was that it was good to celebrate it because they were proud to be from Yorkshire- yet they couldn’t tell me why.
I don’t think people from outside the region genuinely think that Yorkshire is still dry stone walls, flat caps and whippets, but I am interested in Yorkshire’s defining characteristics today.
As a Yorkshire girl born and bred, I can’t really think of any other than distinct accents and some nice countryside and coast line. The people here are friendlier than Londoners, but then so are people in Newcastle, Cornwall and Birmingham.
Today tourist companies want to market Yorkshire as cultured and vibrant- they have adverts showing Leeds and its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. But isn’t it the same as any other big city in the British Isle?
I’d like to know what makes Yorkshire different from other places, and why exactly we should be proud of our county.