The age-old tradition of Welly Wanging will be just one of the events celebrated during a Yorkshire Day weekend in Helmsley.
Members of Helmsley in Business tried their hand – and throwing arms – at the traditional skill on Friday ahead of the town’s Summer Celebration which will run from August 1 to August 3.
Visitors to the market town will be encouraged to take the Yorkshire Icon Trail as they walk round the independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, spotting their favourite “born and bred” Yorkshire men and women hiding round town for the chance to win a prize.
Street theatre and music will compliment the experience for shoppers who can also enjoy beer, cider and wine tasting from local producers.
Other activities include taking part in the Yorkshire tradition of Welly Wanging at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, having a punt at a River Race, and rising to the occasion by entering one of the six classes at the Grand Helmsley Cake Show.
Evening events include a family barbecue and Helmsley’s Got Talent, to be held at the Helmsley Arts Centre.
The Summer Celebration will also be running alongside a Wedding Dress Festival at Helmsley’s All Saints’ Church from August 2, until August 10. The festival will display dresses, photos and wedding memorabilia from across the decades as well as a dog “bride and groom” fancy dress competition.
Em Whitfield Brooks, chairman of Helmsley in Business’ Summer Celebration committee, said: “We’re proud to be living and working in ‘God’s Own County’ and wanted to do something special. So what better than making it a Yorkshire weekend. We’re hoping our Summer Celebration will offer something for everyone. Visitors can come and enjoy a spot of shopping, a bite to eat or a leisurely stroll around our beautiful town, and there will be entertainment round every corner – whether that’s street theatre, food tastings, competitions, a dog dressed up as a bride or a model of Dame Judi Dench!”
*All day parking will be £1.50 at Cleveland Way car park on August 1 and August 2.