Whitby tourist centre to mark Yorkshire Day
Staff at Whitby’s tourist
information centre will unashamedly celebrate all that’s great
about Yorkshire during the county’s special day next week.
Yorkshire Day falls on Monday 1 August and
is a chance for Yorkshiremen and women to show how proud they are
of their county.
Among its celebrations, the Whitby tourist
information centre team based inside the Moors and Coast Centre in
Langbourne Road will be raising money for one of Yorkshire’s most
popular charities – St Catherine’s Hospice.
Staff have also compiled a Yorkshire-themed
quiz for visitors to complete, a raffle, a “guess the number of
sweets in a jar” competition and a “guess the number of stones in a
They are also hoping to have the centre
decked out in roses too – white of course!
Customer services team leader Kirsty Craig
said: “Whitby is a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown and people who live
here are rightly proud of their Yorkshire heritage and all it
“We are also a warm and hospitable bunch in
the tourist information centre and look forward to welcoming
thousands more visitors to Yorkshire this summer.”
Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975
by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as part of
a protest against local government re-organisation.
The date coincides with the anniversary of
the Battle of Minden and is also the anniversary of the
emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which
Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned.
Among the Yorkshire Day celebrations there is a Civic gathering
of Lord Mayors, Mayors, and other Civic Heads from across the
country, convened by the Yorkshire Society, which next year takes
place in Scarborough.