People lined the streets of Halifax today (Monday) to watch the main event of this year’s Yorkshire Day celebrations.
Around 200 mayors and dignitaries in full regalia travelled from across the county to march from Halifax Town Hall to Halifax Minster for a Yorkshire-themed service.
Mayor of Calderdale Howard Blagbrough led the parade alongside The LA Jazz Band and a brass ensemble, while businesses throughout the town centre were decked out with white roses.
This year’s festivities mark the first time since 2003 that Calderdale has played host to Yorkshire Day’s main event.
At Halifax Minster, reflective readings on God’s Own County were book-ended by drum and choir performances.
Representatives from numerous faith groups delivered readings on the county while tributes were paid to Yorkshire grit in the wake of the Boxing Day floods as the end of last year and the county’s unity following the killing of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox in June.
Addressing crowds at the opening of the parade, Halifax town crier Les Cutts said: “We are honoured to host the Yorkshire Day celebrations. Yorkshire has the best architecture, it has the best countryside, it has the best water, the best tea and the best Yorkshire puddings.
“So be proud to call yourself a Yorkshireman, be proud to call yourself a Yorkshirewoman. Welcome to Halifax and welcome to Yorkshire – God’s Own County.”
Calderdale’s libraries and museums hosted a series of exhibitions and craft workshops over the weekend to mark the occasion.
This morning’s parade passed through Crossley Street, Princess Street, Southgate Precinct, Wards End, Horton Street, Square Road and Church Street before reaching the minster.
Dignitaries then attended a Yorkshire Day lunch at the MBi Shay Stadium with Angela Knowles, the original Calendar Girl, as the guest speaker.