Day in Saddleworth
Sunday 1st August 2010
Yorkshire Day is a celebration of the sights, sounds, traditions
and scenery of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Day is celebrated in Saddleworth every year on the nearest
Sunday to August 1st. It takes place in Uppermill and begins at
11.00am beside the Ammon Wrigley statue where a garland of white
roses in placed on the statue and a local brass band plays. This
is followed by a parade up the High Street to the King George V
playing field where there are various stalls, displays and brass
bands playing up to 3.00pm.
Yorkshire Day and its Origins
The large county of Yorkshire underwent a number of administrative
changes in 1974, resulting in boundaries being redrawn and split
into North, West and South Yorkshire. Following the 1974 changes,
Saddleworth was placed within the newly formed Metropolitan Borough
of Oldham, as were several other towns around Oldham, and thus was
part of the newly formed Greater Manchester. Prior to 1974, Saddleworth
had been within the old Yorkshire boundary as part of the administrative
area of Huddersfield.
A year after the boundary reorganisation, the Yorkshire Ridings
Society decided on the creation of Yorkshire Day, a day to celebrate
Yorkshire's cultural heritage. Yorkshire Day is specifically celebrated
annually on August 1st due to the significance of this date in the
county's history. In 1759 soldiers including some Yorkshire regiments,
fought at the battle of Minden, in Germany. White roses were picked
after the battle and worn as a tribute to fallen comrades. A number
of Yorkshire-based regiments continue to wear white roses on 1 August
to commemorate the events of 1759 and all those from Yorkshire who
have fallen in battle since.
Saddleworth Historical Society
Yorkshire Ridings Society