TODAY, November 27, marks Lancashire Day - a celebration of the historic county which can trace its origins back more than 800 years. 

Lancashire Day is the county day of historic Lancashire in England.

The county traces its origins back more than eight centuries to 1182.

Lancashire Day is held on November 27, to commemorate the day in 1295 when the county first sent representatives to Parliament, to attend the Model Parliament of King Edward I.

Lancashire Day was first held in 1996.

The day is always one that raises the age-old debate of whether Warrington is in Cheshire or Lancashire. 

The creation of the 1974 Local Government Act carved up the ancient counties - though only for "administrative" purposes we were told at the time.  Lancashire was cut up into a mish-mash of 'new' counties, like Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

Meanwhile, some Lancastrian areas in the south of the county were put under a new amended 'Cheshire', and in the north given to Cumbria.

And townsfolk are right to say that they still live in Lancashire, as the 1974  Government legislation itself states: "The new county boundaries are administrative areas, and will not alter the traditional boundaries of counties, nor is it intended that the loyalties of people living in them will change despite the different names adopted by the new administrative counties.”

Political volunteer-run group Friends of Real Lancashire was established in 1995 to promote, protect and preserve the true identity of the county of Lancashire.

And this week, Des Wilcox send us this poem to celebrate the links

LANCASHIRE was founded 900 years ago, long before Parliament even made a show.

The boundary of the county is very plain to see, you can go no further than the Irish Sea.

The east is always Yorkshire along the Pennine Chain renowned for hard and craggy cliffs so often drenched by rain.

The northern point is The Duddon, north of the sands, and in the south the Mersey next to the Cheshire lands.

It’s always been so and always will, nothing can change it, politicians never will.

Warrington is a friend to Cheshire who is next door, a neighbour who is willing to help when called on as before.

Cheshire helps with admin with police and fire and such, but do not let us get confused with boundaries they can’t touch.

We are a proud and generous people here in Warrington, our heritage and history speaks volumes of times gone.

The steel, the glass the tan yards, the countless skills all gone, the list of firms is endless that made our great town run.

The Army, and the Navy, the Yanks at Burtonwood, the Brylcreme boys at Padgate they all fought and won for us.

So here’s a plea to those in power behind the Golden Gates, let’s see the signs for Lancashire on roads and motorways.

Let us fly the Red Rose on special days above the town hall lawn, we owe it to our children, to know, in which county they were born.

Who has the power, and right to change, England’s His-to-ry? No single man, or body can, not even by Royal decree.