Published on August 1st, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw0
Celebrating Yorkshire Day by Remembering Yorkshire’s Finest
Today, 1st August is an important day in the calendar to over 5 million people in this country. For today, is Yorkshire Day. Throughout UK’s largest county, events are being held today to mark this important day. To celebrate, we look at some of the famous figures past and present from “God’s Own County”.
Jessica Ennis-Hill – Olympic Gold Medal Winner
We are just days away from start of the Rio Olympic Games 2016. Athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was one of the faces of the London 2012 Olympics and still remains based in her beloved Sheffield. Jessica Ennis-Hill won the heptathlon on that unforgettable “Super Saturday” night that also saw British success for long jumper Greg Rutherford and long distance runner Mo Farah. All three are included in the Official Team GB Gold Medal Winners Framed Stamp Set. Having given birth to her son Reggie in 2014, Ennis-Hill returned to competition in 2015 winning the World Championships in Beijing. She will be hoping to successfully defend her Olympic title this month.
Joseph Rowntree – A Great Humanitarian
The proud people of Yorkshire have made their mark on this country over the centuries, including Joseph Rowntree, celebrated in the British Humanitarians Stamp Cards set. The Quaker philanthropist was born in York in 1836. He famously championed social reform and workers’ welfare. As a partner in his family’s business Rowntree’s, the confectionery company, he introduced a series of welfare programmes including welfare, medical services, pension schemes and sickness benefits. His legacy lives on today with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and associated trusts that continue in working towards social change and the end to poverty.
Gordon Banks – England’s World Cup Winning Goal Keeper
As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the England World Cup Win just a couple of days ago, Sheffield born goalkeeper Gordon Banks was key in the England’s team success in 1966. He is one of eleven football heroes commemorated in the Football Heroes Stamp Cards. He made 628 appearances in the Football League and received 73 caps for his country. During the 1966 World Cup, he played in every game, but he is probably most famously remembered for his stunning save against Brazil’s Pelé during the 1970 World Cup.
Harold Wilson – British Prime Minister Who Won Four Elections
Huddersfield born Harold Wilson served as British Prime Minister from 1964-70 and again from 1974-76. He is the only Prime Minister in the modern era to have won four General Elections. Famed pipe smoker and HP sauce lover Wilson features as one of the eight British Prime Ministers featured on the Prime Ministers Stamp Cover.
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