Reight good celebration of Yorkshire

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

A PATRIOTIC parade marked Yorkshire Day in Wakefield this week.

The Merrie City was chosen to host this year’s official celebrations on Monday by the Yorkshire Society.

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

Crowds lined the streets to watch a host of civic dignitaries from across the region march through the city on their way to a special service at Wakefield Cathedral.

But onlookers who had turned out to see troops from the 3rd Battalion, the Rifles, were left disappointed when only a handful turned up.

But Major Alan Howarth said it could not be helped because the battalion was currently in training ready for deployment to Afghanistan.

The service at the Cathedral was followed by a civic reception at the National Coal Mining Museum, where Ian Clayton was guest speaker.

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

27th July 2011'Yorkshire Day parade in Wakefield.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

Guests, including the Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund, deputy lord lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Dinmoor and Lord St Oswald, president of the Yorkshire Society, also had the opportunity to experience life at the coal face with underground and overground tours of the museum.

Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund said: “ I was very proud to host the Yorkshire Day celebrations in Wakefield this year and was particularly delighted to see so many people lining the streets for the parade.”

Hemsworth Town Council hosted a tea and biscuits event for local residents at the community centre on Bullenshaw Road.