Civic pride mixes with thirst for devolution and grit over north-south divide as 1 August events gain momentum

When Stewart Arnold first moved to Yorkshire 30 years ago, its county “day” – marked on 1 August – would come and go without much fanfare. “It’s only in the past five years or so that things have changed,” he said. “Now the local media has picked up on it and there are things going on up and down the county.”

The day is gaining prominence within the county, with local councils, schools, pubs, restaurants and cafes, staging their own events to celebrate.

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