County gets ready to celebrate Nottinghamshire Day on August 25

Nottinghamshire Day is to become an annual feature on August 25 after the proposal received unanimous cross-party support at a full meeting of the county council.

Council leader Councillor Ben Bradley warned that the first event next month would be largely online because it is such a “challenging year” but added that it was an opportunity to get the date in the diary for future years.

He said: “It has been an awful but we wanted to press ahead. It will be a small event this year but the hope it that it will grow and next year it will be a major event.

“People in different communities will be able to celebrate how they wish and if they want street parties then that can be explored.

“We will be working with Nottingham City Council and other partners to see how best we can market the day.”

Councillor Neil Clarke, who represents Bingham West for the Conservatives, said having a specific day to celebrate Nottinghamshire was “long overdue”. Fellow councillor Kate Foale, Labour representative for Beeston Central and Rylands, agreed it was “a really good idea” but wanted to see it about inclusivity rather than just heritage and history.

She added: “I note that there is no money attached to the vent and I would like to know more about how it will be promoted to the public?”

The report which went to the meeting said that county days are an opportunity to celebrate the identity, heritage, culture and local traditions of historic counties.

It said: “The celebration of our historic county of Nottinghamshire, in this way, would support local communities to understand the history and traditions of the places they live, work and enjoy their leisure time.

“In addition, the adoption of a county day would be an opportunity to promote all that the county has to offer and could deliver economic and tourism benefits.”

Councillor Jim Creamer, who represents Carlton West for Labour, agreed that it was important communities were involved and added that he wanted to see the whole of Nottinghamshire involved and also the work of charities to be promoted.

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Discussions have already taken place between Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Newark MP Robert Jenrick, who is Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the decision to adopt August 25 as Nottinghamshire Day will be conveyed to them immediately.

Other Nottinghamshire councils have already indicated their support for the annual event.

To celebrate the first day, it is planned that a flag raising ceremony will take place at County Hall, with Sir John Peace and elected members in attendance.

In addition to the county flag, it is proposed to fly the union flag, and for the county and union flag to be flown permanently afterwards.

This will complement the approach that Government will take, in flying the flag of Nottinghamshire at MHCLG and Parliament.

A media campaign is also planned to promote Nottinghamshire Day and the county.

The council’s decision means that Nottinghamshire will join other neighbouring counties which have county days. Yorkshire adopted August 1 in 1975 and Derbyshire has celebrated Derbyshire Day on September 22 since 2006.

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