EEE it’s grand in Lancashire! Proud Lancastrians celebrated all things great and good about the county to mark Lancashire Day yesterday.
From the rolling hills of the Trough of Bowland to picturesque Wyre villages to Blackpool’s famous seaside, there is much diversity to be honoured in the county.
And of course we cannot forget the many delicacies of the area – with Lancashire hot pot topping the list for Blackpool town crier Barry McQueen.
He said: “It’s nice to have a day of our own and to enjoy the food of the area, for people to raise a glass to history.”
Despite serious illness in recent months after suffering a stroke in September, Mr McQueen still made his annual visit to The White Bull pub, in Great Eccleston, to read the proclamation for Lancashire Day, much to regulars’ delight.
He added: “I woke up yesterday morning and it was a lovely day so I thought, blow it I can’t not go.
“And by golly what a fuss they made. We had Lancashire hot pot and the yellow flag flying, it was right good.”
Landlord Ian Senior said it was great to see Mr McQueen for the ninth year running. He said: “It was a fantastic surprise when he walked in and then gave a proclamation in the square.”
Mr McQueen said he hopes to share his town crier status and the history of Lancashire Day with schoolchildren next year, inviting two youngsters to be mini town criers for the occasion.
But for now he is content with celebrating his heritage with a serving of hotpot and by raising his glass to the Queen and Duke of Lancaster.
Cheesy grins were the dish of the day for Jodie Prenger and friends at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
The I’ll Do Anything star marked Lancashire Day by returning to her roots for the opening night of her latest play, One Man, Two Guvnors, and enjoying some real Lancashire cheese.
Jodie said: “I love Lancashire, people really are friendly here so it’s lovely to come back. People from outside Lancashire always say how friendly it is here.
“Living in London sometimes you’ll say hello to someone and they’ll look at you like you’re daft, you don’t get that here.”
Jodie said she was pleased to be celebrating her heritage back in her hometown.
She added: “We should all celebrate our history and the friendly streak we all share.
“It’s a good excuse to enjoy some good Lancashire cheese too.”
Jodie is helping staff from Dewlay Cheese, based in Garstang, and Marketing Lancashire to judge their Say Cheese for Lancashire Day competition which invites residents to show off their best smile to win a hamper of the county’s finest cheese.
For more details visit www.visitlancashire.com