White Rose flies high in Saddleworth to celebrate Yorkshire Day

THE WHITE rose flag fluttered proudly above the gathered throngs as they marked Yorkshire Day at Saddleworth Museum.

Special guests joined scores of locals for the event, which celebrates the historic English county of Yorkshire before administrative changes in 1974.

Music from Delph Band opened the event, before songs including the ‘Holmfirth Anthem’ and Ammon Wrigley’s poetry were recited by host Bob Rodgers, who lives in Delph.

Then at 11.42am – a time which moves on a minute each year – Mr Rodgers read the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity, ending with a rousing “Yorkshire forever, God save the Queen!”

Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council Cllr Nikki Kirkham (centre) with Chairman’s Lady Cllr Katrina Roman, and the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Shadab Qumer.

Special guests included Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council Cllr Nikki Kirkham, the Chairman’s Lady Cllr Katrina Roman, Michael Hall from the White Rose Society, and the Mayor of Oldham Cllr Shadab Qumer.

Cllr Kirkham said: “It is an honour to be stood here in Yorkshire. I am very proud to say I am a proper Yorkshire girl – it is even my birthday on August 1, which is Yorkshire Day!”

Doreen Ainscote, from Friends of Real Lancashire, said: “This is the only time I am allowed to wear a white rose next to my red rose!

“Whatever the administrative changes are, the historical boundaries remain the same and we will remember those together.”

Then Mr Rodgers and Oliver Benson, chair of Friends of Saddleworth Museum, led a lively procession down Uppermill High Street to the county fair at the King George V playing fields.

Entertainment included live music, stalls from local charities and businesses, a hog roast, a carousel, face painting, afternoon tea, a duck race and more.


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