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Report on Findings of 'Fly the Flag' Campaign

1 December, 2016

Beginning in July this year we repeated a campaign that we ran in 2013 to find how patriotic Yorkshire's civic councils are toward the traditional county of Yorkshire.  We contacted all the local authorities administering areas wholly in Yorkshire and the Town and Parish councils of those parts of Yorkshire currently administered by non-Yorkshire authorities to find which and how many flew the White Rose flag on Yorkshire Day. 

The boundary changes implemented by the Local Government Act 1972 only applied to administrative boundaries and whilst new ceremonial counties were introduced to accommodate the new local authorities, traditional counties were not affected by the Act and still exist to this day.   The UK Government has published much literature on this over recent years and has confirmed that traditional counties are officially recognized.  Amongst their publications the Government has acknowledged that traditional counties are important to the fabric of our identities.  You can see the publications at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/englands-traditional-counties

Of the twenty-two local authorities in Yorkshire, fifteen have now confirmed that they do fly the flag compared to just five in 2013; three have acknowledged our query but not yet given a definitive answer and the other four have not responded at all.  The three who have acknowledged but not yet given a definitive answer are: Craven, Hull and Middlesbrough whilst the four we have had no response from at all are: North Yorkshire County Council, Kirklees, Selby and Sheffield.

Forty-three Town and Parish councils of parts of Yorkshire currently administered by non-Yorkshire authorities were contacted and of those only four have confirmed that they fly the flag on Yorkshire Day; Five have said that they do not fly the flag; One has acknowledged our query but not yet given a definitive answer whilst thirty-three have given no response at all.  The four that have confirmed they fly the White Rose on Yorkshire Day are: Saddleworth (administered by Oldham), Earby (administered by Pendle), Thornaby and Yarm (both administered by Stockton).  Of the five who have told us that they do not fly the flag, Sedbergh (administered by South Lakeland) have dismissed the issue from their agenda whilst two have incorrectly said that they are not in Yorkshire: Hutton Magna (administered by Durham) which is in the North Riding of Yorkshire and Horton (administered by Ribble Valley) which is in the West Riding of Yorkshire.  You can see the full response data below.

Hutton Magna later showed that they have flown the flag of the traditional 'North Riding of Yorkshire' although they incorrectly named it after the ceremonial 'North Yorkshire'.  Having three different types of 'county': traditional, administrative and ceremonial, is bound to cause confusion, not only geographically but to perceptions of identity.  The BBC have produced an article dealing with this confusion at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27140505

So what does this tell us?  We know that the Yorkshire identity is as strong as that of many a nation.  The Yorkshire people passionately celebrating their county on 1st August each year, their county cricket team being thought of as their 'national' side, the welcoming home of Yorkshire's Rio Heroes and the streets and roads lined with White Rose flags being fervently waved during the Tour de Yorkshire all make that clear.  Tradition, heritage and identity matter and those who are supposed to be the guardians of their local community, such as civic councils, should respect the tradition, heritage and identity of their local community.  Flying the Yorkshire flag on Yorkshire Day is not much to ask as a way of demonstrating that respect.  We shall leave it up to you to decide whether you consider your civic councils do so and urge you to tell them the conclusion you reach.

Response Data:

 

Yorkshire Senior Councils:

 

 

North Yorkshire County Council              

NO RESPONSE

 

Craven

RESPONSE AWAITED

 

Hambleton

YES

ALSO TOUR DE YORKSHIRE

Harrogate

YES

 

Middlesbrough

RESPONSE AWAITED

 

Redcar & Cleveland

YES

 

Richmondshire

YES

 

Rydale

YES

 

Scarborough

YES

 

Selby

NO RESPONSE

 

York

YES

ALSO TOUR DE YORKSHIRE

East Riding

YES

 

Hull

RESPONSE AWAITED

 

Bradford

YES

 

Calderdale

YES

 

Kirklees

NO RESPONSE

 

Leeds

YES

GAVE NO DEFINITIVE RESPONSE BUT WE KNOW THEY FLY WHITE ROSE TROUGHOUT YEAR

Wakefield

YES

 

Barnsley

YES

 

Doncaster

YES

 

Rotherham

YES

ONLY TAKE DOWN WHEN OTHER EVENTS

Sheffield

NO RESPONSE

 

Administered by North Lincolnshire Council:

 

 

Eastoft

NO RESPONSE

 

Garthorpe & Fockerby

NO RESPONSE

 

Administered by Oldham Council:

 

 

Saddleworth

YES

WHITE ROSE ON FLOOR OF FOYER

Administered by Pendle Council:

 

 

Barnoldswick

NO RESPONSE

 

Bracewell & Brogden

NO RESPONSE

 

Earby

YES

 

Kellbrook & Sough

NO

NO OFFICIAL BUILDINGS

Salterforth

NO

NO OFFICIAL BUILDINGS

Administered by Ribble Valley Council:

 

 

Bashall Eaves

NO RESPONSE

 

Bolton-by-Bowland, Gisburn Forest & Sawley

NO RESPONSE

 

Bowland Forest Higher

NO E.MAIL ADDRESS

 

Bowland Forest Lower

NO RESPONSE

 

Gisburn

NO RESPONSE

 

Grindleton

NO RESPONSE

 

Horton

NO

SAY IN LANCASHIRE-corrective response sent

Newsholme & Paythorne

NO E.MAIL ADDRESS

 

Newton-in-Bowland

NO RESPONSE

 

Rimington & Middop

NO RESPONSE

 

Slaidburn & Easington

NO RESPONSE

 

Waddington

NO RESPONSE

 

West Bradford

NO RESPONSE

 

Administered by Cumbria Council:

 

 

Dent

NO RESPONSE

 

Garsdale

NO RESPONSE

 

Sedbergh

NO

SAY NO INTEREST-to respond

Administered by Durham County Council:

 

 

Barminham

NO RESPONSE

 

Bolam

NO RESPONSE

 

Boldron

NO RESPONSE

 

Bowes

NO RESPONSE

 

Cotherstone

NO RESPONSE

 

Gilmonby

NO RESPONSE

 

Holwick

NO RESPONSE

 

Hope

NO E.MAIL ADDRESS

 

Hunderthwaite

NO E.MAIL ADDRESS

 

Hutton Magna

NO - BUT NORTH RIDING FLAG

SAY IN CO DURHAM-corrective response sent

Lartington

NO

NO FLAGPOLE

Mickleton

NO RESPONSE

 

Ovington

NO RESPONSE

 

Romaldkirk

NO RESPONSE

 

Scargill

NO E.MAIL ADDRESS

 

Startforth

NO RESPONSE

 

Wycliffe

NO RESPONSE

 

Administered by Stockton Council:

 

 

Egglescliffe & Eaglescliffe

NO RESPONSE

 

Hilton

NO RESPONSE

 

Ingleby Barwick

RESPONSE AWAITED

 

Kirklevington

NO

NO OFFICIAL BUILDINGS

Thornaby

YES

ALSO READ DECLARATION OF YORKSHIRE INTEGRITY

Maltby

NO RESPONSE

 

Yarm

YES

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

 

70 COUNCILS TOTAL

22 SENIOR COUNCILS WHOLLY IN YORKSHIRE

48 PARISH/TOWN COUNCILS IN PARTS OF YORKSHIRE ADMINISTERED BY NON YORKSHIRE SENIOR COUNCILS

5     NO E.MAIL ADDRESS

0

5

65   CONTACTED

22

43

39   NOT RESPONDED

7

32

19   FLY FLAG YORKSHIRE DAY

15

4

4     NO BUILDING / FLAGPOLE

0

4

3     SAY NOT IN YORKSHIRE / 

       NO INTEREST

0

3

 

 

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