Lancashire Day

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Lancashire Day
Lancashire rose.svg
Lancashire Rose
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Lancashire county palatine shown within England
Observed by Lancashire United Kingdom
Type Local
Date 27 November
Next time 27 November 2017 (2017-11-27)
Frequency annual
First time 1996

Lancashire Day is the county day of historic Lancashire in England. It is held on 27 November to commemorate the day in 1295 when Lancashire first sent representatives to Parliament, to attend the Model Parliament of King Edward I. Lancashire Day was first held in 1996.

Curated by the Friends of Real Lancashire, it is observed with the loyal toast to "The Queen, Duke of Lancaster", and is celebrated from everywhere within the county palatine. The day is marked throughout the historic county by town criers announcing the Lancashire Day proclamation which declares the historic regions boundaries of the county, and finishes with "God bless Lancashire, and God save the Queen, Duke of Lancaster"[1]

The day since has been widely publicised, including reports from the BBC website[2] and in the local press.[3] The day receives support from both district councils[4][5] and Lancashire County Council;[6] both Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council[7] and Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council has resolved to support the day every year.[8] Many towns throughout the historic county host events on the day,[9] most notably readings of the Lancashire Day Proclamation.[10] At formal occasions on the day, "Long live our noble Duke", an unofficial Lancashire anthem variant of "God Save the Queen" is often used in respect to the Duke of Lancaster who is always the reigning monarch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.forl.co.uk/lancashire-day/proclamation
  2. ^ BBC- Lancastrians' pride in heritage
  3. ^ This is Lancashire, accessed 11 January 2009 Archived June 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.[not in citation given]
  4. ^ Lancaster City Council - Meeting of the Lancaster City Council. 17 December 2003 (PDF)
  5. ^ Wyre Borough Council - Lanky Rules OK On Wyre’s Lancashire Day[dead link]
  6. ^ Lancashire County Council - News: Lancashire Day Fun. Archived 22 February 2004.
  7. ^ http://www.wigantoday.net/news/community/standish-all-set-to-celebrate-historic-lancashire-day-1-6931647
  8. ^ Bolton MBC Council Minutes 27 August 2008, accessed 7 August 2013
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130607142919/http://www.forl.co.uk/lancday2008.html. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.forl.co.uk/proclamation.html[not in citation given]