Yorkshire Day - 1 August!
Not every county has its own special day, but in Yorkshire the first day of August has been celebrated every year since 1975. You've maybe seen the county flag flying. That's it on the left, and a handsome thing it is.
You won't find many street parties or marching bands on Yorkshire Day. Those of us who live in God's Own County tend to celebrate quietly, 365 days a year. Maybe we'll just lift a pint and reflect in our famously subdued way on our good fortune.
Speaking of pints - if you're in the lovely town of Masham this Sunday or Monday, do visit the Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre. Black Sheep is celebrating both Yorkshire Day and the brewery's own 30th birthday by selling its thirst-quenching Best Bitter at the price of 30 years ago. That's an astonishing £1.29 a pint.
£1.29 a pint... No, not a misprint. And you don't even have to live in Yorkshire to qualify. Bottoms up!
[In other Yorkshireish news, North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York have applied to the Government to become a devolved authority, in the expectation that this will free up more local decision-making and more funding. It seems that a decision may be announced on Yorkshire Day.]
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