THIS week I joined residents from Milnrow to Morecambe and Littleborough to Lytham to celebrate the history of our great county on Lancashire Day.
Every year on November 27, people living within the historic boundaries of Lancashire mark the anniversary of the first Lancastrian MPs being sent to Parliament in 1295.
It is more than 40 years since the creation of the “Greater Manchester Metropolitan County”, but many Rochdale residents, myself included, still consider themselves to be proud Lancastrians.
Whether it’s hot pot, the Co-Op movement or simply not being from Yorkshire, there is plenty for all Lancastrians to be proud of.
Lancashire was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and the presence of so many first rate manufacturing firms in Rochdale is an enduring reminder of this economic legacy.
From Richard Arkwright to Jimmy Anderson and our very own Gracie Fields, Lancashire has produced some of the biggest names in industry, sports and the arts.
As we look forward to an exciting future as part of a devolved Greater Manchester, it is more crucial than ever to remember our proud Lancastrian traditions. That is why events like Lancashire day are so important.
As a patron of the Friends of Real Lancashire I’d like to congratulate the organisation and its volunteers for their tireless efforts to promote Lancashire Day and push for wider recognition of the County Palatine.
The event seems to get bigger every year with more formal activities organised and increasing numbers of red rose flags being displayed. But I think more can still be done to recognise the unique place that Lancashire holds in British history.
In the words of the Lancashire Day declaration I hope everyone “from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines” will join me next year in celebrating our remarkable county.