Colin Holt lived in Fenwick near Doncaster. Until his retirement he was a lecturer at Doncaster College. He also served on the committee of the Association of British Counties, to which the YRS is affiliated.
Eventually, after many official letters, British Telecom cut the Holts official
They were not reconnected for several years. After British Telecom was privatized, the company agreed to make the address read "Yorkshire" and the Holts had their telephone back.
Colin Holt had a genius for generating publicity, which the Yorkshire Ridings Society used throughout his chairmanship. His message was simple and unchanging: that the sidelining of Yorkshire"s ancient North, West and East Ridings, under local government re-organisation in 1974, was a crime and an insult.
In Colin Holt devised (1 August), as a celebration of all things Yorkshire.
The 1 August was chosen as the county day because on that day in 1759 that soldiers from Yorkshire regiments who had fought in the Battle of Minden picked white roses as a tribute to fallen comrades.