A celebration of all things Yorkshire

Yorkshire Day feature - Jack Fothergill
Yorkshire Day feature - Jack Fothergill

Proud South Yorkshire residents have revealed why they love God’s own county as the region unites to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

A friendly smile, local shopping, green countryside and the football are the top attractions of the largest county, according to thosewe spoke to during a special Yorkshire phrases challenge.

“I’m just glad to be born in Yorkshire,” said 71-year-old Jack Fothergill, of who tackled sentences such as ‘I ant gorrit a tell thi’.

He added: “I’m born and bred in Yorkshire but I still like to see other parts of Britain.”

For 80-year-old Eddie Parker, the beautiful game was the most beautiful thing about Yorkshire.

But Sgt Joanne Connerly, born and bred in Doncaster, was one of many who said it was all down to the people.

The 46-year-old Army recruiter, added: “People are so friendly.

“When you’re in trouble people always help you out.

Market trader Sean Clarke, who owns the Beer Central stall in Sheffield Market in the market and lives in Wath-upon-Dearne, said: “I like that Yorkshire has a very strong identity. It’s known the world over.

“I also like its outstanding breweries 
and beers.”

Lance Corporal Timothy Storr, who is originally from Sri Lanka and lived around the world before settling in Chesterfield, added: “The people of Yorkshire are the friendliest people you will ever meet.”

A love of real ales was also highlighted.

Shop assistant Chelsea Pilkington, aged 18, said she loved looking for ‘a bit of everything’ in Yorkshire’s largest shopping centre, Meadowhall.

Thousands of students end up staying in Yorkshire after their time at university – and Michael Walsh knows why.

The 47-year-old, who crossed the border from Manchester and now lives in Yorkshire, said he loved the landscape.

There will be the chance to celebrate Yorkshire Day in Doncaster today, with free tea and cake being served at the borough’s Tourist Information Centre at White Building, on High Street, from 10.30am until 1pm.

Meanwhile, the borough’s town crier, Henry Cryer, will marking Yorkshire Dayby crying in five towns during the day to raise money for the Doncaster cancer charity, Firefly.

The event – Yorkshire Cry for Firefly – will take Henry to Doncaster, Hull, Northallerton, Wakefield and York, where he will cry the ‘Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity’.

To sponsor Henry contact him via the website www.henrycryer.co.uk/fireflycry

n Visit www.thestar.co.uk to watch our special Yorkshire phrases challenge.