PEOPLE across the county have been raising their mugs to celebrate all things Yorkshire.
The annual Yorkshire Day celebration saw everything from civic parades and Yorkshire pudding eating contests to fundraising events and tea parties take place today.
Taylors of Harrogate, which produces one of the county’s most famous exports in Yorkshire Tea, raised a toast to the county with an extraordinary range of edible sculptures made out of tea infused cake.
Commuters passing through Leeds city station were wowed by a 6ft-tall edible pouring teapot cake, while the firm unveiled a Yorkshire Tea party cake installation of famous Yorkshire faces Mel B, Dame Judi Dench, Louis Tomlinson and Jarvis Cocker at London’s Kings Cross Station to mark the celebration.
God’s own country has been riding on the crest of a wave of optimism following the glowing success of the Tour de France Grand Depart’s visit last month, and regional pride is at a peak.
In fact after helping to bring Le Tour to the region, Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “There has never been a better time celebrate everything about this great county.”
Meanwhile, the top ten celebrities from Yorkshire, or with a strong link to the county, were revealed as: Dame Judi Dench, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, louder-than-life Brian Blessed, Spice Girl Mel B, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, opera singer Lesley Garrett, Louis Tomlinson, one fifth of One Direction and magician Paul Daniels. Even politicians Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband just made it into the top ten. Despite not being Yorkshire born and bred, the people of the county still see them as one of their own.
Whilst Yorkshire might not have its own language, it does have some unusual vocabulary, so some folks could be forgiven for the mix-up. When quizzed about the rhubarb triangle, the small area of West Yorkshire famed for rhubarb growing, nearly 50 per cent of Brits were none-the-wiser. This significant portion of the UK thought it was either; an area where rhubarb is grown by candlelight (28 per cent) somewhere where the rhubarb is pyramid shaped (10.2 per cent) or a place where rhubarb mysteriously disappears (6 per cent.) And as for the North Yorkshire village of Wetwang, over fifteen percent of Brits (16.3%) thought it was a sport involving wellington boots.
It also seems that the nation isn’t au fait with Yorkshire’s culinary credentials either. Forget Yorkshire Puddings, Yorkshire has more Michelin starred restaurants outside of London than any other county*. Sadly, according to Yorkshire Tea’s poll, over 90 per cent of Brits (90.8 per cent) believed that to be false. Likewise, only 17 per cent of Brits knew that the official curry capital of Britain is in Yorkshire, believing Birmingham beats Bradford in the spice stakes.**
Despite that, ten per cent of Brits (and unsurprisingly, a third of people in Yorkshire) believe Yorkshire Day should be a public holiday in the county, put aside for enjoying a proper brew and a slice of cake.
In that vein, a tea party with a magical twist was held at a Yorkshire beauty spot. Youngsters tucked into treats at the Mad Hatter’s Tea party at Stockeld Park to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Stockeld Park manager Amy Thornton said: “The tea party was a lovely event to showcase Yorkshire Cancer Research’s new charity tea parties. Yorkshire Day was the perfect day for the event, with all the passionate local people getting behind the idea.”