01 August 2020 10:38
Happy Yorkshire Day (Picture: Getty Images) Today marks Yorkshire Day, a day in which proud Yorkshire folk celebrate their heritage. It started back in the 1970s as a response to local government reorganisation, but has morphed into more of a general day where people can get together and say 'ay up' to their fellow Yorkshiremen and women. This year, a few spanners have been thrown in the works. Firstly, coronavirus meant that many of the official events have been changed up. Then there's the fact that just yesterday parts of the north of England were plunged back into a form of lockdown by Matt Hancock.
Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees residents are now no longer allowed to congregate in homes with friends and family, scuppering any indoor gatherings that may have been planned. There are still plenty of ways to celebrate, though, so whether you're in lockdown or not you can still raise a glass to Yorkshire. Have a cuppa and cake There's nothing more soothing than doing some baking, and this time of year calls for a traditional Yorkshire parkin. This recipe from The Spruce Eats is simple enough to do with children, and makes a gorgeous bake that can be eaten on its own or popped in a trifle for an interesting twist. And, of course, what would this day be without a proper Yorkshire tea? Watch the official civic celebrations Like many big events, Yorkshire Day's usual gathering has gone virtual for 2020. The civic celebrations were due to take place in Rotherham, but can now be watched from the comfort of your own home. Catch a speech from the mayor, a brass band performance, a live recipe for 'Asian style' Yorkshire puddings, and plenty more songs and poems. Proceedings begin at 11am and can be watched via Facebook. Go virtual welly wanging Yorkshire Cancer Research has organised a unique way to fundraise this Yorkshire Day; a virtual welly wanging contest. At 2pm they'll be trying to set a new world record, with people across the world chucking their waterproof footwear and donating a fiver. To attend the event and upload your video, click here. Complete a digital jigsaw Barnsley Museums are spending their day bringing us loads of activities we can do at home. One of these things is a Yorkshire pudding contest, so come and have a go if you think you've got the rise for it. They'll also be posting some iconic Yorkshire images in jigsaw format, capitalising on the latest lockdown trend. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for updates throughout. Visit newly not-shielding people (safely) Many people who were previously shielding have recently been allowed to leave their homes for the first time in months. Yorkshire people are known for their friendly and caring spirit, and what better way to show this off on Yorkshire day by paying a visit to someone who hasn't had much company in a long time. Advertisement Of course this should all be done safely and outdoors with social distancing and PPE if required. But what a feeling to show off your Yorkshire spirit by taking someone for tea and cake or a picnic. Do you have a story you'd like to share? Get in touch at [email protected] MORE: These two products are all you need to tackle chub rub in the heat MORE: Being a fat Black woman hasn't ruined my love life – it's saved it Advertisement Advertisement