Doncaster to fly the flag for Yorkshire Day

The handover of the Yorkshire Flag for Yorkshire Flag day takes place at Mansion House Doncaster. The Mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Cllr John Taylor hands over the flag to Civic Mayor Cllr Pat Haith

The handover of the Yorkshire Flag for Yorkshire Flag day takes place at Mansion House Doncaster. The Mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Cllr John Taylor hands over the flag to Civic Mayor Cllr Pat Haith

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Doncaster will fly the flag for Yorkshire Day this year after taking charge of the county’s official celebrations.

The Mansion House will be the focal point of the festivities on August 1 and officials at the historic building have taken delivery of the Yorkshire flag in a special handover ceremony.

The standard was handed over to town officials by civic dignitaries for West Yorkshire towns South Kirby and Moorthorpe, which hosted last year’s celebrations.

On August 1, Doncaster will be hosting the celebrations for Yorkshire Day, welcoming civic leaders and other dignitaries from across the county to town for a series of events including a parade through Doncaster.

A spokesman for tourist organisation Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We secretly think that Yorkshire Day should be celebrated 365 days a year.

“However we’ll just have to settle for August 1 and make it an extra special day! Celebrate all things Yorkshire when the UK’s largest county comes together to indulge in vast quantities of regional pride.”

Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975 and since then, a string of town and cities across the county have been chosen to host the official celebrations by the Yorkshire Society each year. It is the first time Doncaster has been selected and becomes only the second place in South Yorkshire since Penistone in 2006 to be selected for the accolade.