As the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) have confirmed they are willing to fly all the Ridings flags from Elland House (Local Government HQ) I have started the process of establishing Riding Days.
West Riding Day
The following shortlist for a West Riding Day has been drawn up:
- Joseph Priestley – Scientist – 13 March
- John Harrison – Longitude – 24 March
- Battle of Towton – Battle – 29 March
John Smeaton – Civil Engineer – 8 June
Titus Salt – Builder Saltaire – 20 September
A public vote is launched today and will conclude on Sunday 30 June.
All Civic Leaders of the 15 councils that administer the West Riding have been invited to circulate the West Riding Day vote to their respective networks.
North Riding Day
Following a discussion with regards the North Riding Day with Councillor Bateman, Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, the consensus of opinion is that as both the Battle of the Standard and also the Battle of Bosworth Field, at which the last Yorkist King, Richard III was killed, took place on 22 August this date would be the most appropriate to be the North Riding Day.
As the North Yorkshire County Council administer the vast majority of the North Riding I welcome the support given by Councillor Bateman.
East Riding Day
East Riding Day is on 24 August