Let's get cracking to celebrate Lancashire Day

Williamson Park and Ashton memorial
Williamson Park and Ashton memorial
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It’s a day when proud Lancastrians wear the red rose and raise a glass to the Queen for being Duke of the best place in England.

In 2016 Lancashire Day was celebrated by 60 million people in 924 different locations around the world.
This year Lancashire Post throws its weight behind getting even more people to celebrate God’s own county.
Marketing Lancashire is urging everyone to spread the word about Lancashire’s history, culture and people, with the rest of the world.
“We know it’s grand to be in Lancashire and over the next few days and on Lancashire Day itself, Monday 27 November, we’d like your help to spread the word by sharing what’s ‘grand’ about Lancashire history, culture and people, with the rest of the world,” said Marketing Lancashire.
“Last year #LancashireDay reached a potential 60 million people and connected with 924 locations across the world, with Lancastrians sending messages from as far afield as Canada and New Zealand and greetings from an array of well-known fans including: West End star Jodie Prenger; TV historian Dan Snow; Olympian cyclist Steven Burke and Opera Singer, Alfie Boe to name just a few.
“You can start to add your images now by using #LancashireDay on Twitter and by tagging @visitlancashire in your Facebook or Instagram posts.”
So we’ve all got a week to tell the world before Lancashire Day dawns next Monday and heralds a celebration of all that is best in our great county.
OK, so the place won’t grind to a halt while we all eat hotpot and black puddings and down a few pints of Pendle Witch ale.
But at least we are finally marking a watershed moment in history which, despite happening more than 700 years ago, we only caught up with in 1996.
November 27 was the day in 1295 when King Edward I called representatives from Lancashire down to London to attend what became known as the Model Parliament.
As the centuries have passed generations of Lancastrians have missed out on a jolly good annual knees-up.
But once we twigged 21 years ago that there was a party to be had, the county has not looked back.
This year a host of special celebrations will be staged right across the County Palatine - not just the administrative county that we know today, but the whole historic region which includes Manchester and Liverpool.
Our neighbours in darkest Yorkshire do the same every year on August 1. They mark a far more recent event from 1759. But they have been partying since 1975 for Yorkshire Day, which means they have had a 21-year head start on us over here on the sunnier side of the Pennines.
Dialect poetry readings, cheese tastings, storybook sessions, live music, fancy dress will all be going on - one town, Nelson, will be switching on its Christmas lights just to mark Lancashire Day.
On the formal side, the Lancashire Day proclamation will be read out by town criers across the county, reminding folk, Oyez, Oyez, just what a special moment it really is.
Businesses from far and wide will come together to celebrate all that is best about working in the Red Rose county. Launched last year, “Lancashare Day” will be held at Preston’s Guild Hall to give companies a chance to do some good old Lancashire networking.
Four of the county’s top chefs will be getting together to create a Lancashire Feast to mark the day at Hipping Hall which, awkwardly, happens to be just over the border in Cumbria these days and sits in the Yorkshire Dales National Park of all things.
The Friends of Real Lancashire are urging all people across the county not to let the day pass uncelebrated.
“As well as showing loyalty to our Red Rose county, Lancashire Day is an opportunity to raise money for charity and for businesses to promote Lancashire goods and produce,” said chairman Philip Walsh. “Remember, if you were born between the River Duddon in the north and the River Mersey in the south, you are first and foremost a Lancastrian!”