City of York Council, faced with the many disruptive impacts of the ongoing pandemic, and with the safety of visitors and participants in mind, has reluctantly concluded that they will not now be able to host The Yorkshire Society’s official Yorkshire Day Civic Celebration, which traditionally includes the mass participation at a Thanksgiving Service, Street Parade and Formal lunch.

“Concerns about public safety and that of the many Lord Mayors, Mayors, their attendants and other dignitaries and the many members of The Yorkshire Society eligible to attend has bought us to this conclusion”, said Councillor Janet Looker, the current Lord Mayor of York.

However, all is not lost and we will continue plans to celebrate Yorkshire Day in a covid safe way. The city of York and The Yorkshire Society are planning to celebrate the day with a series of in person  and on-line events. Planned to take place in York on August 1st, these events will celebrate Yorkshire’s special status and Yorkshire’s unique environment and cultural heritage in a safe way.

Working closely with partners across the city, more details about the events and activities to celebrate Yorkshire Day will be shared soon.

Philip Bell, Chief Executive of The Yorkshire Society added “We are delighted that although we can’t have the pomp and circumstance of the civic procession in person, City of York Council will still host events and activities to celebrate Yorkshire Day this year and will host the full Yorkshire Day Civic Celebrations in another year (yet to be announced).  We’re sure both will be very special occasions for York and Yorkshire”.


For futher information, please contact: Cat Conolly, City of York Council Newsdesk on 01904 555515 or catherine.conolly@york.gov.uk

Or, write to contact@theyorkshiresociety.org

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