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Save the date: Yorkshire dialect and music events to complement Yorkshire Day

July 30 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

This year’s official Yorkshire Day Civic Celebration is being hosted in Keighley on Monday 1st August, with several other public events to complement it.

The Yorkshire Dialect Society, one of our Heritage Guardians, is taking the lead on Saturday 30th July, on what might be described as an important warming up celebration for Yorkshire Day with  something unique and special about Yorkshire people – our dialect! The way we speak is unique and helps to define us – it’s what makes us Yorkshire!

The event will take place in Keighley Library, organised by the Yorkshire Dialect Society in partnership with The Yorkshire Society, Keighley Town Council and the Friends of Keighley Library.

Keynote speakers will include a lecture, The Story behind Yorkshire Dialect by Ian Stevenson, Chairman of YDS Rod Dimbleby on the prolific 19th century Halifax dialect poet and storyteller John Hartley of Clock Almanac fame,  and an afternoon of Tyke Talk – readings and recitations of dialect poems and prose by Eric Scaife.

There will also be an exhibition of books and pamphlets by the noted Keighley historian, writer and dialect poet, the late Ian Dewhirst who sadly died in 2019.

And at a separate event in the evening in the Civic Hall, it is planned to hold a special Yorkshire Day celebration evening of Yorkshire tunes and songs – both traditional and more modern, given by a variety of local musicians – A Reet Good Do! More on that to follow.


We will release details of tickets: prices and how to book, soon. For now, please make a note of the date. Any questions or for further information please write to heritage@theyorkshiresociety.org



July 30
11:00 am - 4:30 pm


The Yorkshire Society
Yorkshire Dialect Society


Keighley Library
North Street
Keighley, BD21 3SX
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