Music video takes its ’at off to Yorkshire

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Soldiers and around 400 proud Yorkshire men, women and children clambered onto the moors to sing along to an updated version of Yorkshire’s anthem.

On a sunny day, with the Cow and Calf rocks in the background, the soldiers were joined on Ilkley Moor by others to film a music video for a reworking of the famous song, On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at.

They turned up to sing along to an updated version of the famous folk song in the hope that it will introduce the anthem to a younger and global audience.

Members of the 4th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, the territorial battalion, attended Saturday’s filming to give their support and proceeds from the song will go to the regimental benevolent fund.

Colour Sgt Stuart Coles said: “We are here to support the event to promote Yorkshire because we are intrinsically Yorkshire.”

The new version has been produced by Sheffield-based songwriter and X-Factor artistic producer Eliot Kennedy.

The song also features a rap by well-known Yorkshireman and actor Brian Blessed and also features Fame Academy star Alistair Griffin.

Soprano Lesley Garrett also lends her voice to the project and, with a nod to tradition, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band will also feature on the recording that hopes to make it into the charts.

Tourism agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, is behind the project and its chief executive, Gary Verity, said: “We’re really proud of breathing new life into Yorkshire’s national anthem.”

The project originated with the Otley Brass Band who discovered that one in 10 youngsters had never heard of the song.

Band leader Gordon Eddison said: “We are thrilled to be part of the music video which throws the spotlight onto Yorkshire’s talent as well as raise money for charity.”

The film will be shown on YouTube later this year. Proceeds will also go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.