In the restructuring of county boundaries in 1974 the traditional county of Lancashire was divided to form new administrative areas such as Greater Manchester and Merseyside. In 1998, new unitary authorities Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool also ‘removed’ those towns from Lancashire. But the traditional boundaries of the County Palatine still remain and anyone who lives within them is entitled to consider themselves a Lancastrian.
The 27th November is Lancashire Day and on this day a proclamation is read across the county including on the steps of the Lancaster City Museum by the town crier.
“To the people of the city and County Palatine of Lancaster, Greetings!
Know ye that this day, November 27th, in 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 themselves Lancastrians. 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!”
Celebrating Lancashire Day is a fairly recent tradition. It was introduced a few years ago by the Friends of Real Lancashire to promote the fact that although the traditional county of Lancashire has been divided into new regions the ‘real’ county still exists and anyone who lives within its boundaries is a Lancastrian.
The 27th November was chosen as Lancashire Day because it was on this date 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’.