Reasons to be Proud to Come from Yorkshire
Not that many of us need persuading (I’ve never met a Yorkshireman who is not vehemently proud to be from ‘God’s Own Country’), but there are a lot of things to celebrate in Yorkshire! From the landscapes, people, and history – Yorkshire really does have it all. In fact, it even has its own day – the first of August is officially ‘Yorkshire Day’!
Here are just some of the reasons why those of us who hail from Yorkshire are so proud of the beautiful place we call home.
What Sunday roast is complete without the addition of one or two (or three or four…) Yorkshire puddings? Made using pancake batter and notoriously difficult to perfect for first-timers, Yorkshire puds are hearty, delicious and entirely Yorkshire! Whether you prefer them large and crispy, thick and stodgy or you don’t have a preference as long as there are a lot of them, Yorkshire puddings are divine. Forget ambrosia – we know the real food of the Gods hails from God’s own country itself!
Wuthering Heights is undoubtedly a literary classic, and it’s no surprise that Emily Bronte took inspiration from our very own Haworth Moors. In fact, the Moors have a pretty huge literary draw. Much of the nature of Yorkshire has inspired some of the most important pieces of English writing and art. The wealth of literary figures who hail from this region is incredible. To name a few: The Bronte sisters, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, W H Auden, Alan Bennett… the list goes on!
Leeds has been listed as the best place to live in the UK , and was placed in the top five places to work. This makes Leeds a pretty viable option for people entering the job search market who don’t quite fancy heading down to the capital where the cost of living is much higher. Jobsites like Jobrapido have an ever-growing list of jobs in Leeds for those keen to get in on the action. Leeds is the biggest financial hub outside of London and is beginning to become a huge player on the tech scene.
Well, if this isn’t a testimony to the place itself, some of the best musicians of the current era have hailed from Yorkshire. From the Arctic Monkeys to the Kaiser Chiefs, Pulp to the Human League the area clearly inspires and nurtures local musical talents. It is even home to some of the best music festivals in the world: Leeds Festival and Live At Leeds.
The Yorkshire accent, along with the many expressions used only in this region, is well known and celebrated throughout the UK. It has topped various lists, from most friendly to most trustworthy. Clearly, people like it! In a study on advertising the Yorkshire accent was found to be thought of as wise, trustworthy, honest and straightforward. Not bad!
Across the world most people’s first thought when thinking of England is tea. They may well be picturing us all sitting around a china teapot sipping black tea and eating cucumber sandwiches (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but really, the true English staple is a brew using Yorkshire tea, and maybe with a biscuit or two. How many of us will admit to packing some emergency tea bags into our suitcase when going on holiday, because really, you can’t get better than Yorkshire tea!
Usually places all have a certain vibe. You know a place is good, when the atmosphere is good. Yorkshire’s got it! The people, the architecture, the food and culture that makes up the whole area. Yorkshire has that spirit that makes you want to live and travel to a place. The people are passionate and friendly, and will always make everyone feel welcome, along with a lovely cup of tea! We even have (scientifically proven) friendly faces!
Everyone has their own personal favourite things about Yorkshire, but one thing is for certain – you would be a fool to underestimate the biggest county in England! Yorkshire is one of the best places in the UK – but that’s something you probably already knew.
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