Saturday, 29 October 2011

Update on National Dialect Day - 22/10/11

The profile of the National Dialect Day has clearly been raised. As Sid put it, the presenter on the regional BBC news programme, 'Look North', used the phrase, 'National Dialect Day', so it exists, just the same as when you put a nameplate on a door.  The key is now to build. BBC Radio Devon got in touch were in touch with organisers to say that they are interested in covering the 2013 bash, and there were radio interviews on BBC Radio Lincs and also Humberside the day before the event. So, as far as the media goes, a message to all future hosts: make sure the Beeb, radio & TV, know all about your event - and all other local/regional/national media, of course.

On the day, 60+ were there in the afternoon for the competition and around 100 for the evening bash.  It seems that the local Lincolnshire food - stuffed chine, haslet, Lincs sausages, etc - went down really well (the stuffed chine quickly ran out ....) It seems like a good idea to do the local food thing - fits in with the heritage angle - recommended for future events.

The three trophy winners were The Bill o' Bows Trophy for a performance of original work in chosen dialect: Andy Robinson (LIncs)
The Sam Laycock Trophy for a performance in Lincolnshire (host county) dialect: Peter Mackinder (Lincs)
The Eric Topping Trophy for a performance in any English dialect: John Routledge (County Durham)
NB Only the host county can, in theory, win all 3 trophies!

The Far Welter'd hentertayunment trophy was introduced for the best 'act' at the evening bash, which went to Sid Calderbank, whoever he is! Like all the trophies, this will travel around, so it kind of embeds the idea of an informal evening bash.

Look out for the 2012 (Northumberland) and 2013 (Devon) events, hopefully we will get plenty of notice and be able to be represented at the event, given the unique nature of the Black Country dialect we should be represented.

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