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South Kirkby and Moorthorpe council are preparing to host the Yorkshire Day celebrations.
Pictured: Council members and staff, Cllr. R. Redfearn, Cllr. L. Harrison, Cllr. Mrs J. Tunstall, Cllr. Mrs M. Burkenshaw, Mr A. Draper, Mr. J. Elliott, Mr. G. Watts and Mr. G. Kendal.
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South Kirkby and Moorthorpe council are preparing to host the Yorkshire Day celebrations. Pictured: Council members and staff, Cllr. R. Redfearn, Cllr. L. Harrison, Cllr. Mrs J. Tunstall, Cllr. Mrs M. Burkenshaw, Mr A. Draper, Mr. J. Elliott, Mr. G. Watts and Mr. G. Kendal. h304a429

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe will host the official 2014 Yorkshire Day celebrations.

After Skipton’s success last year the baton has been passed to the Express area for the 29th annual Yorkshire Day.

The day will kick off with 200 dignitaries, who fund the celebrations, from across God’s Own County being welcomed at Minsthorpe Conference and Training Centre by the town’s Mayor Coun John Taylor.

The representatives, including 30 mayors, councillors and Yorkshire Society members, will then be robed and given white roses.

The Oughtibridge Brass Band will lead a civic procession of the guests down Minsthorpe Lane to All Saints Church for a service.

Guests will then go to The Grove where there will be a drinks reception, lunch, speeches and entertainment.

Town Mayor, Coun John Taylor, said: “South Kirkby and Moorthorpe feel very proud to host Yorkshire Day 2014.

“It is a great honour as it is usually cities and large towns which host the official celebrations.

“I am looking forward to greeting everyone for what we hope will be an absolutely amazing day celebrating our county.”

Coun Laurie Harrison, leader of the council, said: “It’s wonderful that it is coming here.

“It puts South Kirkby and Moorthorpe firmly on the map.”

Yorkshire Day is on Friday, August 1 and the procession starts at 10.30am.

The celebrations are by invitation only.

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