When is Lancashire Day?
Today is Lancashire day and it is held annually 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.
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”
Lancashire Day allows us the opportunity to declare that we are proud to be Lancastrians.
Us northerners are renowned for our fabulous dialect and amazing food, Lancashire hotpot, Morecambe bay shrimps, Lancashire Cheese, Blackpool tower, Ribble Valley, great pubs and great walks!
Here’s a selection of words and phrases you might hear when you come to Lancashire:
Saying/ word: Put wood in th’ole
Meaning: Shut the door
Saying/ word: It’s cracking flags
Meaning: it is so hot outside that stone pavings are breaking
Saying/ word: I’m spitting feathers here
Meaning: I am thirsty
Saying/ word: He’s not as green as he’s cabbage looking
Meaning: He’s not as stupid as he looks
Here are some facts about Lancashire:
- Lancashire was established in 1183
- The county covers an area of 3,075 sq km – making it one of the largest shire counties
- Dunsop Bridge in the Ribble Valley is the centre of the British Isles
- Preston is one of England’s newest Cities and in 2012 it celebrated the Preston Guild, which only happens every 20 years and is England’s oldest festival
- The Leeds Liverpool Canal – Britain’s longest – flows through large parts of the county
- The mill towns of Blackburn and Burnley were the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century
- You can see Blackburn and Burnley from the famous Pendle Hill. The hill is only 165ft shy of also being called a mountain
- Bashall Town, near Clitheroe, is England’s smallest town
- Blackpool Illuminations comprise an amazing one million lamps in various types and styles and cost £2.4 million to stage
- Lancaster Castle belongs to the Queen and still has prisoners and a sitting court
- In Garstang in October 2007, the world’s biggest hotpot was created to help launch Taste Lancashire 08. It is in the Guinness World Records.
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