The Lancashire Day Proclamation is traditionally read out by Town Criers each year on Lancashire Day, the 27th November, to remind all who live within the ‘real’ boundaries of Lancashire that they are forever entitled to call themselves Lancastrians. It is also an opportunity to raise a toast to The Queen, The Duke of Lancaster.
The Lancashire Day Proclamation reads…
The Lancashire Day was chosen as the 27th November as the first elected representatives of Lancashire were called to Westminster by the King, Edward I, on this day in 1295 to attend what was to become known as ‘The Model Parliament’.
There are two Lancashire borders. There is the border of the ‘real’ county of Lancashire and there is the border of the area that is administered by Lancashire County Council. The two are not the same.
The border of the ‘real’ county of Lancashire was set in history and still exists intact today. This border stretches from the River Mersey in the South, to the River Duddon in the North and from the Pennines in the East to the Irish Sea coast in the West.
The border of the Lancashire County Council administrative region was established in 1974 and has been tweaked several times since. Whilst the road signs welcoming you to ‘Lancashire’, most of them are welcoming you to the area of land administered by the council, not the ‘real’ county of Lancashire.
This means that citizens living in Liverpool, Manchester, Salford, Warrington, Southport, Oldham, Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, St Helens, Blackburn, Blackpool, Coniston, Hawkshead and Barrow in Furness and areas surrounding them are all Lancastrians – despite the name of the council that administers their area.