Today is Lancashire Day. I've already noticed one local resident of Formby driving around in his car proudly displaying his Friends of Lancashire flag.
For those of you who came to live in Formby since 1974, the postal address for properties starts with a Liverpool prefix - L37. When I came in 1972, Formby was an Urban District Council area within Lancashire. Happy Memories for many.
Here's some futher information about the day.
The Lancashire Day proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the county on 27th November:
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 Fourteen, the 63rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is
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 peoples' pleasure in that excellent distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.
GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE
AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,
DUKE OF LANCASTER.
Source: Friends of Lancashire website: http://www.forl.co.uk/