TOWNS across the county celebrated in a variety of wonderful ways for Lancashire Day.

The day dates back to 1295 when the county sent its first representatives to parliament to attend what became known as The Model Parliament.

Curated by the Friends of Real Lancashire, it is traditionally observed with the loyal toast to The Queen and the Duchy of Lancaster.

The first revival Lancashire Day was celebrated in 1996 and was marked throughout the county by town criers, announcing the proclamation which declares the historic regions boundaries of the county.

Blackburn’s Wendy Fisher, owner of Stems Florist in The Mall, said the iconic red rose, the symbol of Lancashire, was the shop’s best seller in recent weeks.

She said: “Red roses are by far our best selling flower here in The Mall, with people buying them day in day out for everything from birthdays to anniversaries.

Loraine Jones, general manager at The Mall said: “I have to admit, the red rose is my personal favourite and, as a proud Lancastrian, I am delighted to see the county shares this view.”

Friends of Real Lancashire unveiled their new display banner at the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford.

Blackburn Market hosted a Lancastrian folk band ‘Chonkinfeckle’ which told the stories of every day life in a northern town.

Burnley Council chief executive Pam smith, said there are a lot of people in Burnley who are proud to call themselves Lancastrians.

She said: “Lancashire is a county that boasts everything from industrial heritage, to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain, to cutting edge technology.

“I think it’s worth remembering that, not just on Lancashire Day but every day.”

The Accrington town crier also read the proclamation at 10am outside the town hall, which featured a newly purchased Lancashire flag.