Minister backs Yorkshire Ridings signs campaign

Gazette & Herald: Andy Strangeway with the North Riding flag Andy Strangeway with the North Riding flag

A GOVERNMENT minister has supported plans for new signs to be installed marking the boundaries of Yorkshire’s historic Ridings.

The campaign has been launched by Andy Strangeway, from Stamford Bridge, who was also behind a competition to design flags for each of the Ridings.

He said the lack of signs indicating where motorists cross from one part of Yorkshire to another was “an insult to our cultural heritage”.

He has estimated the cost of 13 signs, in locations including Selby, Old Malton and Ripon, would cost £6,500 in total.

He has published an email sent by Eric Pickles, the Yorkshire-born Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who congratulated Mr Strangeway and said he was “delighted” by the campaign.

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11:21am Sat 14 Dec 13

Roger S says...

The Ridings no longer exist as administrative regions so why waste money to try and hold back time in this nostalgic way? Just creates ongoing confusion I think. I would accept Yorkshire's ridings are the most well known today, but that doesn't necessarily say good things about how insular or stubborn our region can be. I'm happy with being part of Ryedale instead and spending decimal coins and measuring in easy to use metric. If you live in Stamford Bridge on the edge of a boundary this may seem more important to you.
The Ridings no longer exist as administrative regions so why waste money to try and hold back time in this nostalgic way? Just creates ongoing confusion I think. I would accept Yorkshire's ridings are the most well known today, but that doesn't necessarily say good things about how insular or stubborn our region can be. I'm happy with being part of Ryedale instead and spending decimal coins and measuring in easy to use metric. If you live in Stamford Bridge on the edge of a boundary this may seem more important to you. Roger S

3:01pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Maltonian says...

Guess we all have different perspectives on this. Ryedale means nothing to me - I live in Malton first, and Yorkshire second. The only thing Ryedale means to me is a mega council tax payment every month., otherwise it's just a made up name for local government purposes as far as I'm concerned. But I'm wondering what the people of Middlesbrough might think if they are confronted with the North Riding of Yorkshire? I'm not sure many people in that neck of the woods would see themselves as Yorkshire any more.
Guess we all have different perspectives on this. Ryedale means nothing to me - I live in Malton first, and Yorkshire second. The only thing Ryedale means to me is a mega council tax payment every month., otherwise it's just a made up name for local government purposes as far as I'm concerned. But I'm wondering what the people of Middlesbrough might think if they are confronted with the North Riding of Yorkshire? I'm not sure many people in that neck of the woods would see themselves as Yorkshire any more. Maltonian

7:55am Sun 15 Dec 13

Stewart says...

Maltonian wrote:
Guess we all have different perspectives on this. Ryedale means nothing to me - I live in Malton first, and Yorkshire second. The only thing Ryedale means to me is a mega council tax payment every month., otherwise it's just a made up name for local government purposes as far as I'm concerned. But I'm wondering what the people of Middlesbrough might think if they are confronted with the North Riding of Yorkshire? I'm not sure many people in that neck of the woods would see themselves as Yorkshire any more.
A clue as to what people from Middlesbrough might think abiut being part of Yorkshire is seen at football matches. Being a Leeds fan gives me the misfortune of us having to play them twice a year at the moment. Part of the banter between us includes taunting chants of "Yorkshire" from the Leeds fans and the returning chants of "you dirty Yorkshire b******s from the Middlesbrough fans.

On a more serious note, I don't see any point in looking backwards. The Ridings are history and we have moved on.
[quote][p][bold]Maltonian[/bold] wrote: Guess we all have different perspectives on this. Ryedale means nothing to me - I live in Malton first, and Yorkshire second. The only thing Ryedale means to me is a mega council tax payment every month., otherwise it's just a made up name for local government purposes as far as I'm concerned. But I'm wondering what the people of Middlesbrough might think if they are confronted with the North Riding of Yorkshire? I'm not sure many people in that neck of the woods would see themselves as Yorkshire any more.[/p][/quote]A clue as to what people from Middlesbrough might think abiut being part of Yorkshire is seen at football matches. Being a Leeds fan gives me the misfortune of us having to play them twice a year at the moment. Part of the banter between us includes taunting chants of "Yorkshire" from the Leeds fans and the returning chants of "you dirty Yorkshire b******s from the Middlesbrough fans. On a more serious note, I don't see any point in looking backwards. The Ridings are history and we have moved on. Stewart

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