Yorkshire Day was a very proud celebration for me, being a reet proper Yorkshireman missen. Well… maybe I’m not that Yorkshire; I don’t even follow cricket, plus I quite like people from Lancashire.
Still, here’s the greeting I offered my on my Twitter account that morning:
Happy Yorkshire Day to you all! Flat caps, Pontefract cakes, Bronte books, Yorkshire puddings, Jarvis Cocker and ferret legging all round!
I think that sums up my county pretty well, although non-Brits may not know what those are, so here’s a key:
Flat cap: A cap worn by many older men in Yorkshire, as flat as their dull, lifeless eyes.
Pontefract cake: Small, circular black sweets made of liquorice which, if eaten in large quantities, can cause bowel purging.
Brontë books: Novels written by three Yorkshire sisters who lived tragic lives and died young. Lovely stuff.
Yorkshire pudding: A savoury pudding served with roast dinner, perfect for filling full of peas so you can fit more meat on your plate.
Jarvis Cocker: He wants to sleep with common people like you.
Ferret legging: Here you go.
So, yeah, that’s pretty much what this county is all about. Plus David Hockney of course, with his massive art piece Bigger Trees Near Warter (that’s not a typo, Warter is a village in East Yorkshire), which shows big trees near, well… near Warter.
So I hope you had a happy Yorkshire Day, and a very heartfelt “Ee bah gum!” to you all.
Richard Sutherland is the author of 'The Unitary Authority of Ersatz', a quirky collection of short stories and humorous poetry. His favourite colour is Cornish Pasty and he loves the smell of confusion. Richard also writes Twitter fiction; tales within 140 characters. You should follow him, it's what all the cool kids are doing. @Banana_Penguin and @tinyweefiction.