Cause UK has coordinated this year’s media coverage for Yorkshire Day taking place on 1st August in the historic City of Ripon on behalf of Visit Harrogate, achieving live radio and TV broadcasts from the market square with BBC Radio York, Stray FM and BBC Look North with veteran news anchor Harry Gration, Working with our Cause UK associate photographer Charlotte Graham, Yorkshire Day pictures of the Ripon Hornblower appeared in the Yorkshire Post and The Times. The media today will be showcasing the Wilfra Tart, an ancient recipe that pre-dates the Yorkshire Pudding. See full press release below.
Ripon Blows Horn for Yorkshire Day
Photo caption: Visit Harrogate supports Yorkshire Day: Ripon Hornblower, Wayne Cobbett performs at World Heritage site, Fountains Abbey. Picture credit: Charlotte Graham
Ripon Blows the Horn for Yorkshire Day – Embargoed 1 August
Yorkshire’s Smallest City celebrates Yorkshire Day (Aug 1) by showcasing the county’s oldest tradition, with a special hornblower ceremony in Ripon Market.
The watch has been set in Ripon every single night at 9pm for well over one thousand years. The ceremony is one of the oldest still performed in England.
The setting of the watch dates back to the year 886. It originates with the wakeman of Ripon, whose job in the Middle Ages was to keep law and order at a time when the Vikings were raiding the country and local thieves took advantage of the unsettled situation.
The horn has become the symbol of the city and represents Ripon on the Harrogate borough coat of arms.
Yorkshire Day is sponsored by Ripon City Council and supported by tourism agency, Visit Harrogate.
Ripon will host a procession of 200 dignitaries, including Mayors from across the county, alongside a day of entertainment, market stalls and Wilfra Cake baking for Yorkshire Day.
Richard Spencer, CEO of Visit Harrogate, said: “Ripon rightly held the crown on Yorkshire Day. It is home to the county’s most incredible heritage. As the only city in the Harrogate District, it boasts some of Yorkshire’s iconic and historic attractions in our region.”
Ripon Hornblower, Wayne Cobbett, was photographed in the grounds of Fountain’s Abbey, one of the districts most iconic tourism offers.
Ripon is home to some of the Harrogate district’s biggest tourism pulls, with Newby Hall, Ripon Museums and Lightwater Valley.