Captain Cook and Viking warrior declare allegiance to Yorkshire

YORKSHIRE DECLARED: Chris Foote Wood reads out a Yorkshire declaration while dressed as Captain Cook to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Redcar High Street. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

YORKSHIRE DECLARED: Chris Foote Wood reads out a Yorkshire declaration while dressed as Captain Cook to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Redcar High Street. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

YORKSHIRE DECLARED: Chris Foote Wood reads out a Yorkshire declaration while dressed as Captain Cook to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Redcar High Street. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

YORKSHIRE DECLARED: Chris Foote Wood reads out a Yorkshire declaration while dressed as Captain Cook to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Redcar High Street. Pictured are some of those in attendance. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

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AN explorer and a Viking warrior were in Redcar to help the town to mark its Yorkshire roots with a special reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity.

Captain James Cook, played by Chris Foote Wood, read it out in modern English while Viking warrior, John Curr, read it out in Old Norse in front of the town’s clock tower on the High Street.

The Declaration reading, at 11.39am today (Friday, August 1) – marking 1,139 years since the Yorkshire ridings were first recognised back in Viking times, played a central part in the town’s celebration of Yorkshire Day.

Market stallholders and local businesses adopted the Yorkshire theme for the day, producing and selling traditional Yorkshire treats such as curd tarts, parkin, cakes and Yorkshire puddings.

Children’s entertainment and live music was on throughout the day.

Silk white roses were also on sale at £1 with all proceeds going to Redcar Lifeboat.

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9:41pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Mach.86 says...

Residents of the old North Riding should be aware that the county name North Yorkshire remains the preferred mailing address for personal and business correspondence, and for stationery, business cards, etc. (As always, the principal determinant of accurate and timely mail delivery is the postal code.) We commend our brethren striving to educate the younger generation regarding historic county boundaries, and for raising awareness of the importance of re-claiming our regional geographic and political heritage.
Sign me “Born and Bred a Yorkshireman”
Residents of the old North Riding should be aware that the county name North Yorkshire remains the preferred mailing address for personal and business correspondence, and for stationery, business cards, etc. (As always, the principal determinant of accurate and timely mail delivery is the postal code.) We commend our brethren striving to educate the younger generation regarding historic county boundaries, and for raising awareness of the importance of re-claiming our regional geographic and political heritage. Sign me “Born and Bred a Yorkshireman” Mach.86
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