Today is 27th November. It is Lancashire Day and I went to Lancaster to hear the Lancashire Day proclamation read out on the steps of the Lancaster City Museum by the town crier.
Celebrating Lancashire Day is a fairly recent tradition. It was introduced a few years ago by the Friends of Real Lancashire http://www.forl.co.uk/index.html to promote the fact that although the traditional county of Lancashire has been divided into new regions for administrative purposes the ‘real’ county still exists and anyone who lives within its boundaries is entitled to call themselves a Lancastrian.
The 27th November was chosen as Lancashire Day because it was on this in 1295 that the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”.
Here is the proclamation:
TO: THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY AND COUNTY PALATINE OF LANCASTER, GREETINGS!
Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of
our Lord Two Thousand and Ten, the 59th year of
the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
Duke of Lancaster, is Lancashire Day.
Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her
Majesty’s County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens
of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of
the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn,
Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style
Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness
Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the
Pennines, this day shall ever mark the peoples’ pleasure
in that excellent distinction – true Lancastrians, proud
of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.
GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, DUKE OF LANCASTER.