“TRUE Lancastrians” celebrated their annual county day with talks on local history, a traditional town crier and locally themed food and drink.
The Proclamation of Lancashire was read out by Ormskirk’s town crier Don Evans outside the Scarisbrick Hotel on Lord Street, Southport, last Thursday.
He read out the “true boundaries of Lancashire” and called on his fellow Lancastrians to wear the red rose with pride.
Speaking after the event, Don said: “It’s a really social occasion, in which the whole county comes together to celebrate our historic and unique traditions.
“There’s lots of singing, dancing, and everybody has a good time with a smile on their face.”
Don and the Friends of Real Lancashire - who help to organise the days festivities - said Lancashire day is about showing that the 1974 administration boundaries do not reflect people’s true feelings about where they are from.
Chris Dawson, chairman of Friends of Real Lancashire, said: “Lancashire Day aims to remind people that the traditional county of Lancashire still exists.
“There has been no legislation that has changed the ancient boundaries.”
Lancashire Day is celebrated annually on November 27, and its popularity has been growing in recent years.
It first began in 1995 after Peter Thurnham, Bolton’s MP, tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on local authorities to signpost what he described as Lancashire’s true boundaries.
Local ales and beers were on offer at the Sir Henry Segrave, Lord Street, with a Ukulele band entertaining all afternoon.
A Lancashire themed quiz and beers were available at the Hop Vine, Liverpool Road in Burscough.
There were also Southport Swords dancers in a Lancashire Night at the Guest House, Union Street.
The day rounded off with a “loyal toast” to the Queen, Duke of Lancaster at 9pm.