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Monday, 25 July 2011
Minden Day 1st August (Yorkshire Day)
A celebration of all things Yorkshire will hit the streets of Wakefield next month.
The city is set to be the centre of the official celebrations for this year’s Yorkshire Day on August 1.
Civic dignitaries from across the region will take part in a parade through the city ahead of a special service at .
The civic parade will be led by the regimental band and troops of the 3rd Battalion, the Rifles – who were awarded the Freedom of the City last year –and will leave the Town Hall at 10.30am. Guests will then make their way through the city centre to the cathedral where the service takes place from 11am.
A civic reception follows at the National Coal Mining Museum from 1pm where local author Ian Clayton will be the special guest and after-dinner speaker. Guests at the event will include the Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire David Dinmoor, Lord St Oswald, President of the Yorkshire Society and councillors.
The Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Ros Lund, said: “I’m delighted that Wakefield is hosting the Yorkshire Day civic celebrations this year.
“Yorkshire Day is an important date in our calendar and a time when people can show their pride in their county and celebrate all that is wonderful about it – making the most of our rich historical and cultural heritage and achievements.”
Colonel Brian Denny, Deputy Honorary Colonel The Rifles in Yorkshire, said: “It’s a great honour for us to have our band and troops marching through Wakefield on such an auspicious occasion.
“Yorkshire Day is a very special day for the Rifles in that August 1 has been celebrated within the Rifles and its former regiments as for many years. It is a great honour for the Rifles to be the only regiment able to wear the white rose of Yorkshire in our headgear.”
51st Foot: later the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and then The Light Infantry Now the Rifles.