Yorkshire folk celebrate in Franklin

Plans are well in hand for the fifth year of marking Yorkshire Day, (August 1), in New Zealand and events are to be held in Waiuku and Pukekohe.
Yorkshire is the largest county in England and has many links with New Zealand and the most significant being Captain James Cook who was born and his vessel the barque Endeavour was also built there.
The choice of the 1st August is a significant one as it marks the day in 1759 when soldiers from the Yorkshire regiments who fought at the battle of Minden in Germany picked a white rose as a tribute to their fallen comrades.
In Waiuku on Saturday August 1, Waiuku Primary School will host a Skype link with a large civic event involving the mayors of all the towns and cities in Doncaster, Yorkshire. The event will start at 7pm.
The following day, in Pukekohe on Sunday August 2, the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club is the venue for a luncheon and activities starting at noon.
Featured events include the formal arrival of the Yorkshire Flag and cutting of the Yorkshire cake after which guests will be invited to participate in a meal of fish chips and mushy peas, a traditional Yorkshire dish.
Activities planned for the afternoon includes a Yorkshire quiz, a Brass band will entertain for around half an hour, and a competition in which participants have been invited to dress up as a famous Yorkshire person will be staged. Throughout the afternoon a display of historic Yorkshire artifacts will be mounted and Yorkshire souveniers will be on sale.
Last year a hundred and twenty guests came along and organisers say it is hoped that the same, or more, will attend this year.
For more information visit the Yorkshire Day Facebook page or contact 09 2357050 to register.

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