Thumbs up for city centre fun on Yorkshire Day


Yorkshire Day activities organised by the York Business Improvement District and Make It York received a resounding thumbs up from locals and visitors to the city alike last week, when a selection of themed activities filled St Sampson’s Square and Parliament Street.

Particularly popular was a large screen, which old footage captured around the city from the Yorkshire Film Archive, before making way for the animated classic Chicken Run in the afternoon.  Deckchairs filled St Sampson’s Square, including a bright blue oversized deckchair emblazoned with the Yorkshire Rose, whist a touch of class was added by a Yorkshire rose display made from real white roses.

On Parliament Street, Make It York and NMTF (National Market Traders’ Federation) hosted the regional final of the Young Traders Market, which aims to nurture young market traders aged 16 – 30 to continue the proud tradition.  Four competitors secured regional titles, and will now progress to the national competition. 


Yorkshire pudding champion


Meanwhile, over at the Grand Hotel, chefs battled it out to be crowned Yorkshire Pudding champion – with a cross-Pennine collaboration of Lancashire Hotpot in a Yorkshire Pudding created by Tom Casson, entitled War of the Roses, securing the accolade.

Carl Alsop from York BID who co-ordinated much of the day is delighted with how well it went.  “The weather was mercifully kind to us, and so many people commented on how much fun they had, particularly watching the archive footage of York through the last 80 years. 

"Our selfie station was incredibly popular – we really did put the ‘York’ back into ‘Yorkshire Day’!” 


Winners of the York_Shire Day selfie competition were Rachel Wright’s photo of her daughters, Izzy and Leila, by the Yorkshire Rose display, with runners up from the new Asgard store in Little Stonegate, Katherine and Caitlin, making themselves comfortable in the Yorkshire deckchair.


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