Sunday, 9 October 2011
National Dialect Day
This arrived in my inbox a couple of days ago. The event is on 22 October 2011
The East Lincolnshire Dialect Society, aka "Far Welter’d", has been celebrating the joys of Lincolnshire dialect for over 10 years. Meanwhile, all over the UK, there is increasing interest in local dialects, and in October people from dialect groups all over the country will be descending on Louth for the National Dialect Day.
In 2009, the first ever National Dialect Day was held in Lancashire, bringing together regional dialect speakers from all over the country, from as far afield as Northumberland and Cornwall. Poets, story-tellers and singers came together to compete in three competitions, with traditional and contemporary offerings. A group of Far Welters attended that event, and also in 2010, when it was once again held in Lancashire.
Now the competition is on the move. This year’s event will be organised and hosted by Far Welter’d, and will take place in the British Legion Hall on Northgate, on Saturday October 22nd. The competition will take place between 1pm and 5.30pm.
From 7.30pm onwards, with the competitive side of things out of the way, there will be an evening of entertainment, featuring a wonderful mix of dialects from all over the UK.
Next year the competition will be held in Northumberland in 2012, and in 2013 it will travel to deepest, darkest Devon. The aim is to raise the profile of local dialects, spoken and written, around the UK, and so preserve an important aspect of our national heritage.
In 2009, Far Welter’d shared a stage at an event in Lincoln Drill Hall with Dr Benjamin Zephaniah, who now lives in Lincolnshire. One of his passions is local dialects, and he was very interested in Far Welter’d. He currently spends a lot of time out of the country, but has said he will try to come to the event in October.
The three trophies presented at the inaugural event in 2009 will travel around the UK with the competition. They are:
The Bill o' Bows Trophy for a performance of original work in chosen dialect.
The Sam Laycock Trophy for a performance in the host county’s dialect.
The Eddie Topping Trophy for a performance in any English dialect.
As the underlying theme of this event is local culture, Far Welter’d will be taking the opportunity to show its visitors some good old Lincolnshire hospitality, so there’ll be some tasty local food being served up, including the likes of stuffed chine, haslet, award-winning local sausages and plum bread.
The following day, Sunday, October 23rd, the town centre will be closed for the staging of a Victorian Fayre, organised by the Town Partnership. The first such fayre was held in October 2010 and was a huge success. This is the perfect incentive for our visitors to make a weekend of it in our lovely town, and to help them make up their mind, part of the marketing has included a link to the video of last year’s Victorian Fayre, produced by Louth student, Paul-Arthur Talmard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2VKmMTWgtY
For further information, please contact Alan Mumby
t. 01507 600055
m. 07941 116559