Dialects in Devon for society

Northumbrian Language Society

THERE was delight in Devon for the Northumbrian Language Society.

Nine members of the group made the journey south earlier this month to take part in a celebration of National Dialect Day.

Morpeth resident and society Secretary Kim Bibby-Wilson and fellow member Johnny Handle were the only non-Devon based performers invited to take part in the Friday opening concert and, along with society Chairman Peter Arnold, they also took part in the Saturday evening concert.

The trip included a packed weekend of talks, competitions and concerts.

And Mr Arnold emerged victorious in the dialect-speaking competition with his performance of tall tale Waad Yuh Beleev It?

Mrs Bibby-Wilson said: “It was a grand weekend in Exeter and supported by a good crowd of local folk, as well as by the various dialect societies from all over.

“Events like this prove that the dialects of English are far from dead and it was a great experience to hear so many poems, songs and stories in the rich dialects of our country.”