Yorkshire Day: Brian Blessed's Ilkla Moor Baht 'At rap

  • 1 August 2013
  • From the section England
Media captionThe song features Yorkshire-born celebrities including Brian Blessed and Lesley Garrett.

Actor Brian Blessed has performed a rap on a new version of On Ilkla Moor Baht 'At.

He joined opera singer Lesley Garrett in recording an updated version of the traditional folk song to mark Yorkshire Day.

The song, which translates as "On Ilkley Moor without a hat", is regarded as the county's unofficial anthem.

Producer Eliot Kennedy said the "gorgeous" song had been given a "modern twist".

On Ilkla Moor Baht 'At was first published in 1916 and probably originated in West Yorkshire during the latter half of the 19th Century.

Mr Kennedy, artistic producer on ITV's The X-Factor, said: "When you get down to it, it's actually a beautiful song - a gorgeous folk song that you can't help but sing along to.

"It's been in my head all the time since we started this project. I hope this version with a modern twist will take it to a new, younger audience."

Yorkshire Day was created in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society after the abolition of the three traditional "ridings" in the local government reorganisation of 1974.

Roger Sewell, chairman of the Yorkshire Ridings Society, said pride in being from Yorkshire was an "instinctive thing" to those born in the area.

Each year members of the society read a declaration at four of the Bars, or gates, into York.

Towns and cities across Yorkshire hold their own celebrations and a regional one is being held over four days in Skipton in North Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Flag, a white rose on a blue background, will be flown across the region.

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