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The Yorkshire Ridings Society is a group affiliated to the Association of British Counties calling for the wider recognition of the historic borders of Yorkshire, and its traditional subdivisions, the North, East and West Ridings.


The Yorkshire Ridings Society was founded in 1974 in response to the Local Government Act 1972, which it saw, alongside subsequent local government reform, as a threat to Yorkshire's identity. Colin Holt, a founder member, was the long-time chairman of the group until his death in April 2006.[1][2] The current Chairman (2009) is Councillor Chris Abbott.[3]

The group has promoted Yorkshire Day annually on 1 August since 1975 to raise awareness of its cause. The group dates the founding of the county of Yorkshire to 875 AD.

Associated groups include the Saddleworth White Rose Society, which handles Saddleworth (historically in the West Riding, but part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham of Greater Manchester since 1974), and Unite Craven, who are concerned with the western part of Craven (including Barnoldswick, Earby and the former Bowland Rural District) which was made part of the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire in 1974.


In 1977 the society's founding committee published What future for Yorkshire? in reply to the Government's white paper on devolution. It proposed as a "starting point" :

  • The abolition of the county councils created in 1974 as soon as possible.
  • The metropolitan boroughs to be become "boroughs" or "cities" with the powers of pre-1974 county boroughs.
  • Retention of the non-metropolitan districts established in 1974.
  • Three new cities or boroughs for York, Hull and Middlesbrough and their hinterlands.
  • Possible introduction of a similar borough covering the Selby coalfield.
  • County-wide services to be provided by a "consortium" of district councils.
  • A Yorkshire Provincial Assembly to cover the pre-1974 Yorkshire Ridings.[4]

According to the society's website, their current aims are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Funeral of ardent Yorkshire man Doncaster Star News. 4 May 2006.
  2. ^ In praise of Yorkshire. BBC Radio 4. 19 May 2006
  3. ^ The Evening Gazette 3 November 2009
  4. ^ "Yorkshiremen want power in ridings". The Times. 1 August 1977. 


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36 news items

Gazette Live

Gazette Live
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:26:12 -0700

Chris Abbott, chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society, officially opened the eaterie on Tuesday night. Rob Vaines, who owns the cafe with Gary Martin, said: “A great night had by all who attended, amazing support from our invited guests. “There are ...

Gazette Live

Gazette Live
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 07:58:09 -0700

The Yorkshire Ridings Society has offered to pay for the signs after Stockton Council agreed to consider the suggestion from Louise Baldock, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Stockton South. Now Yarm residents have also offered to remove the ...

Gazette Live

Gazette Live
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:21:13 -0700

The council's new Cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, Lib Dem Councillor Chris Abbott, is also chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society. And last year, on the 40th anniversary of the creation of the county of Cleveland, he said the area ...

Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:03:45 -0700

The party was led by Roger Sewell, chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society and while there wasn't much pomp it was a quiet but determined reassertion of the county's historic borders which were unceremoniously ripped up in the controversial local ...

Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Examiner
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:36:34 -0700

Huddersfield proudly celebrated Yorkshire Day with tea parties, cake stalls and of course Yorkshire Pudding tasting. Celebrations were in full flow across the town with events in The Piazza and Huddersfield Tourist Information Centre from mid morning ...

The Independent

The Independent
Tue, 27 May 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Meanwhile, Chris Abbott, chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society, has spoken out against the vote. “Yarm is already in Yorkshire legally and geographically. There is no question about it, no referendum is required,” he said. Loading gallery ... Start ...

Bridlington Today

Bridlington Today
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:22:30 -0700

Yorkshire Day was first celebrated widely in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as “a protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974”, The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to ...

Gazette Live

Gazette Live
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:00:51 -0700

Campaigners fighting to move Yarm into Yorkshire are now calling for an official boundary review. Yarm Town Council has voted to support the outcome of the recent parish poll, which saw an emphatic "Yes" to the idea of transferring Yarm from Stockton ...

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