AMAZING FACTS ABOUT YORKSHIRE
1. The date of August 1 was chosen to mark the bravery of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at the Battle of Minden on August 1, 1759.
2. Yorkshire’s origins date back to the founding of the Kingdom of Jorvik by the Viking chieftain Halfdan Ragnarsson in AD875.
3. The Ridings of Yorkshire take their name from the Old Norse ‘thridding’, meaning ‘a third’.
4. In 1902, the Newton Heath Lancashire And Yorkshire Railway Football Club, founded in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United.
5. The earliest reference to ‘Yorkshire Pudding’ was in Hannah Glasse’s Art Of Cookery in 1747.
6. Yorkshire has won the county cricket championship more often than any other county: 30 times plus once shared.
7. The Tan Hill Inn in Swaledale is said to be Britain’s highest pub at 1,732ft above sea level.
8. The Aakash restaurant in Cleckheaton claims to be the largest Indian restaurant in the world.
9. In 2010, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was awarded Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the European Commission.
10. Yorkshire athletes won seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics.