THE Proclamation of Lancashire will be read out on Lord Street today (Tuesday), as Southport celebrates Lancashire Day.
West Lancs town crier Don Evans will read from the scroll outside the Scarisbrick Hotel at 1pm, an hour after announcing the annual event outside the Clock Tower in Ormskirk.
Chris Dawson, chairman of Friends of Real Lancashire, said: “Lancashire Day aims to remind people that the traditional county of Lancashire still exists. There has been no legislation that has changed the ancient boundaries.
“In 1974, new administration boundaries were established, but they are for admin purposes only.”
Lancashire Day supporter Jeff Carter said: “On this day in 1295, the first elected representatives from Lancashire were summoned by King Edward 1 to attend Parliament at Westminster; this was later to be known as the Model Parliament and was the beginning of democracy in Britain.
“Seven hundred years later, on November 27, 1995, Peter Thurnham, the MP for Bolton NE, tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on all local authorities to signpost the boundaries of Lancashire and other historic counties. Because of its historic connections, this date has been adopted as Lancashire Day, and was proclaimed as such throughout the county.
“If you were born between the River Duddon in the north and the River Mersey in the south, you are first and foremost a ‘Lancastrian’; the traditional county boundaries have never changed.”
Local events taking place today include:
Selection of beers available at Sir Henry Segrave (Wetherspoons), Lord Street, with The Wigan Ukulele Band entertaining from 1pm
Lancashire Night with Lancashire beers and quiz at the Hop Vine, Liverpool Road, Burscough
A collection of Lancashire beers at Barons Bar at the Scarisbrick Hotel, Lord Street, from Tuesday, November 27, to Sunday, December 2
Lancashire Night at the Guest House, Union Street, with the Southport Swords dancers
A selection of Lancashire bottled beers and nibbles available at the Inn Beer Shop, 657, Lord Street.
For more details, visit wwwforl.co.uk