THE Red Rose flag is flying across Shaw and Crompton today (Friday, November 27) to mark Lancashire Day.
There was even a scheduled fly-by across Oldham with the aircraft trailing a message from the Friends of Real Lancashire.
The group also asks fellow Lancastrians to raise a toast at 9pm as part of the day’s celebrations.
Councillor Diane Williamson, District Lead for Shaw and Crompton, said: “Happy Lancashire Day to all Lancastrians.
“While not born in the County Palatine of Lancashire, I have lived here since 1990 and am pleased to be able to celebrate our day in small ways.
“This year, Shaw and Crompton councillors requested the flag poles in High Crompton Park and Dunwood Park be adorned with the Lancashire flag today, Friday, November 27.
“I am delighted to see that the Big Lamp roundabout’s four trees have been lit up in red to coincide with this special day.
“The plane started out from Blackpool and worked its way along the borders of Palatine Lancashire and most of the Red Rose county.
“If you see it, take a photograph and send it to – firstname.lastname@example.org” added Cllr Williamson. “They will put it on their website. There will be a prize for the best one.”
In Shaw town centre, the proclamation is read out by the Town Crier together with a member of Shaw & Crompton Parish Council.
THE TOAST …
To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster
Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and twenty, the 69th year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is Lancashire Day
Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty’s County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.
Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the people’s pleasure in that excellent distinction – true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.
God Bless Lancashire. God save the Queen, Duke of Lancaster.