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Mulholland tables Parliamentary Motion supporting Otley Brass Band’s Bid to save the Ilkla Moor Baht ’At

November 21, 2011 9:35 AM

December,2010-Greg Mulholland MPGreg Mulholland, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West has today tabled a Parliamentary Motion supporting the campaign launched by the musical director of the Otley Brass Band, Gordan Eddison, to save the Yorkshire anthem, the Ilkla Moor Baht 'At

The Ilkla Moor Baht 'At is significant part of Yorkshire heritage that has sadly been dying out. The campaign, which was launched at a concert in Ilkley last Saturday, promises to teach children across the county, the famous song.

The group, led by Gordon Eddison, have been disappointed by a lack of knowledge of this famous song and have set out to put this right. The motion strongly supports the campaign and hopes to give the members a real boost in addition to their successful concert on Saturday.

Greg commented:

"It is a sad fact that the famous Yorkshire Anthem the Ilkla Moor Baht 'At, is under threat of dying out. Many of the younger generation, across the county, just simply are not aware of the song and the importance of it to the great county of Yorkshire.

"The campaign, set up by Gordon Eddison of the Otley Brass Band, is a fantastic idea and it will be great to see more youngsters across the county learning the song and keeping this famous Yorkshire anthem alive!

"I hope as many as possible of my White Rose colleagues will join me in recognising the importance of the Ilkla Moor Baht 'At, to our Yorkshire heritage by signing the EDM"

ENDS

That this house welcomes the campaign of Otley Brass Band to save the Yorkshire anthem, the Ilkla Moor Baht 'At, by teaching the song to youngsters throughout the county; notes the hard work of Gordon Eddison, musical director of Otley Brass Band who is launching the campaign; notes that the Baht 'At is an important part of Yorkshire Heritage that needs to be preserved in the minds of our young people; is concerned that if young people don't know the song then slowly but surely On Ilkla Moor Baht 'At could die out; encourages the band to continue educating young people about Yorkshire's cultural traditions; and strongly supports the call for a county wide campaign to save this Yorkshire anthem in 2012