TODAY is the day we’ve all been waiting for with bated breath: Lincolnshire Day.
Yup, that’s the new date on the calendar to run aside such worthies as National Toilet Tank Repair Month and Incontinence Week.
The county flag will be flown on all public buildings to celebrate the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, in 1536.
Now for anyone who’s not aware of the Lincolnshire Rising, this was a revolt by the Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII.
It all went something like as follows.
Lincs folk: “We demand you leave our churches and their treasures alone.”
King: “No! Go away!”
Lincs folk: “All right then.”
With that they departed with the monarch mumbling something about a brute and beastly shire and their heirs shall pay for their MPs’ moats to be cleaned.
In other words, the spineless leaders of the Lincolnshire Rising put the yellow into yellow-belly.
Lincolnshire Day is a wheeze by the county council who probably picked the day as a metaphor for themselves.
It’s pretty pointless, like celebrating the failure of a Catholic who failed to blow up Parliament.
We don’t even get a day’s leave and most of the events planned are in Lincoln (which actually chickened out of the Rising).
Still there’s nothing wrong with having Lincolnshire sausages for breakfast, stuffed chine for lunch and toasted plum bread with Poacher cheese for tea.
But if you go out wearing a yellow waistcoat, be prepared for people saying: “Ay up may-et, yer looking a bit rum. J’need a showder to cry on?”
On the other hand, if you want some serious facts about God’s County…
- The ceremonial county of Lincolnshire is composed of the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire and the area covered by the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
- Therefore, part of the ceremonial county is in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, and part is in the East Midlands region.
- Lincolnshire is the second-largest of the English ceremonial counties and one that is predominantly agricultural in land use.
- The county is fifth-largest of the two-tier counties, as the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire are not included.
- Lincolnshire can be broken down into a number of geographical sub-regions.
- They include: the Lincolnshire Fens (south-east Lincolnshire), the Carrs (similar to the Fens but in north Lincolnshire), the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the industrial Humber Estuary and North Sea coast around Grimsby and Scunthorpe, and in the south-west of the county, the Lincolnshire Vales, comprising limestone hills in the district of South Kesteven.
- The county was shaken by the Lincolnshire earthquake on February 27, 2008, reaching between 4.7 and 5.3 on the Richter scale; it was one of the largest earthquakes to affect Britain in recent years.
- Lincolnshire is derived from the merging of the territory of the ancient Kingdom of Lindsey with that controlled by the Danelaw borough of Stamford.
- For some time the entire county was called “Lindsey”, and it is recorded as such in the 11th-century Domesday Book.
- Lincolnshire is an agricultural area, growing large amounts of wheat, barley, sugar beet, and oilseed rape.
- In South Lincolnshire, where the soil is particularly rich in nutrients, some of the most common crops include potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, and onions.