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Yorkshire’s cultural identity

What shapes Yorkshire’s cultural identity?

A sense of ‘Yorkshireness’  whether a person was born in Yorkshire, has Yorkshire parents, lives in Yorkshire or speaks with a Yorkshire accent

‘Partisanship’ (in other circumstances it would be termed ‘nationalism’) associated with support for Yorkshire in sporting or other events e.g. individual Yorkshire athletes at the London Olympics and cricket.

Customs and traditions: white rose, Yorkshire Flag, Yorkshire Day, Yorkshire Pudding

The Yorkshire accent and dialect

The Yorkshire character: Friendly, honest and suspicious of authority

Non conformism

Socialist, cooperative and trade union history

The Viking and Anglo Scandinavian heritage

Media: Yorkshire Post, BBC Look North, Northern Echo, ITV Calendar, strength of local newspapers and radio stations

How Yorkshire has influenced some of the great literature and art

Rural community heritage including rural shows culminating in the Great Yorkshire show

Music: brass bands, choirs, folk music, pop and rock bands

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