The baton of Yorkshire Day has been passed on from Scarborough to Skipton in preparation for this year’s event.
Scarborough hosted the official civic celebration on August 1 last year, alongside the hugely successful five-day “A Festival of Yorkshire” which celebrated local culture, art and heritage.
The official Yorkshire Day flag has now been presented to Skipton town mayor, Cllr Wendy Clark, by the current mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, during a special ceremony at the Town Hall.
Scarborough’s crest has been embroidered onto the flag, with the crests of other towns which subsequently host Yorkshire Day celebrations to be added each year.
Cllr Mallory said: “I was tremendously proud to be involved in hosting Yorkshire Day celebrations last year and A Festival of Yorkshire will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of my mayoral year.
“It was amazing to see so many people come together under the Yorkshire umbrella to celebrate this town and this county’s rich culture – we showed our Yorkshire credentials at their very best and Skipton certainly has a hard act to follow.”
Last year’s Yorkshire Day celebration saw more than 150 Mayors, civic leaders and members of The Yorkshire Society flock to Scarborough for a parade along the seafront, church service at St Mary’s and civic reception and entertainment at Scarborough Spa.
A Festival of Yorkshire, organised by the borough council and the town’s Urban Area Forum and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, brought together a diverse range of events, including an exhibition of work by David Hockney at the Woodend Arts and Craft Gallery; a four-day Made in Yorkshire exhibition at Scarborough Spa; special Scarborough treasure trails; flat-cap Frisbee golf at Scarborough Castle; free entry to Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum to anyone who could prove their Yorkshire credentials; a free Yorkshire concert in the Spa Suncourt by the world-famous Spa Orchestra and special performances at Wykeham and Danby staged by the North York Moors National Park Authority.
A special beer called “Ey-Up” was also brewed by the award-winning North Riding brew pub in Scarborough to accompany A Festival of Yorkshire – Scarborough.