‘The humble hotpot – proof God was a Lancastrian’

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Whether you are a fan of the food, the people, or the green and pleasant lands, Lancashire has a little something for everyone.

And as part of the Lancashire Day celebrations today, we asked some of the county’s best-loved personalities just what they think makes this county great.

Traditional: Weekend of clog dancing in Poulton

Traditional: Weekend of clog dancing in Poulton

Comedian Steve Royle, who lives in Chorley, said: “We are lucky to have one of the best landmarks in the country in Blackpool Tower.

“They rave about the Eiffel Tower, but that hasn’t got a Jungle Jims.

“You don’t have to go far for some lovely canals and countryside.

“And if you don’t particularly like Lancashire, the motorway networks are so good that you can be out in no time. Even a Yorkshireman is only a motorway from home.”

Famous: Lancaster and Morecambe College students create the world's biggest Lancashire hotpot

Famous: Lancaster and Morecambe College students create the world's biggest Lancashire hotpot

BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Ted Robbins, who is starring in Jack in the Beanstalk at the Guild Hall throughout December, said: “All my family, who now live all over the country, come to Lancashire at Christmas and say how friendly everyone is.

“Someone once said to me that Lancashire is like a miniature Great Britain. We’ve got the coast, forest, countryside, little villages and big cities. There’s a bit of everything.

“And then there’s the hot pot, the greatest gift from God. And proof that He is a Lancastrian.”

Former cricketer-turned-boxer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff from Preston, said: “I don’t live there anymore, but Lancashire will always be home for me.

“The people are amazing and all my family and my friends are there.

“My favourite part of the county has to be Old Trafford Cricket Ground. I still get chills every time I walk in there.”

TV personality Jim Bowen, who lives in Melling, near Carnforth, said: “Lancastrians are frank, hard working, industrious people, who say everything how it is.

“Their sense of humour is second to none. And I am lucky to live close to some of the best countryside there is.”

A string of events is set to be held today to mark Lancashire Day, which commemorates the day, in 1295, when the county sent its first representatives to Parliament by King Edward I of England to attend what later became known as The Model Parliament.

Curated by the Friends of Real Lancashire, the day was first officially observed in 1996 with the loyal toast to The Queen, Duke of Lancaster, and is open to celebration from everywhere within the county palatine. The day since has been widely publicised and several events are held across the county every year.

From 9.30am to 7pm, Longridge Library will hold a Lancashire Day cheese exhibition.

The library will mark the day with displays from six local cheesemakers.

The Museum of Lancashire, on Stanley Street, will host One Voice Community Choir from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Tickets are £10 and will include a hot-pot supper.

And on Thursday, from 10am until noon, the Harris Museum will play host to the North West Sound Archive, who will present Caught In Time.

The archive collects and preserves an archive of more than 150,000 recordings capturing the history, language, music, sounds and dialects of Lancashire.

See slideshow for a selection of images that make Lancashire great