‘Plas­tic Scousers’ jibe leaves res­i­dents sick as a par­rot!

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SOUTH­PORT soap fans were left reel­ing af­ter the town was de­scribed as the ‘land of plas­tic Scousers’ on Em­merdale last week.

The com­ments fea­tured on Thurs­day’s episode, as vet Patrick Frederick “Paddy” Kirk en­dured a cringe-wor­thy date in The Wool­pack pub with Ly­dia - and her sick par­rot.

But, as well as bring­ing along her de­pressed par­rot, Ly­dia also gave South­port the bird when she re­ferred to the clas­sic sea­side re­sort as “the land of the plas­tic Scousers” - and in­vited Paddy on a date to one of our town’s most ac­claimed at­trac­tions, the Bri­tish Lawn­mower Mu­seum.

Visiter read­ers flocked to so­cial me­dia to have their say.

Ca­role Roth­well said: “The only as­so­ci­a­tion with Liver­pool is ge­o­graphic. We are Lan­cashire in our hearts no mat­ter what.”

Betty Mo­lineux said: “It’s great pub­lic­ity for the mu­seum!”

While Del Watkins said: “Shock­ing - mis­tak­ing us for Formby!”

Some even agreed. Eli­nor Elmo Ped­lar-Ball said: “That’s funny and there’s some truth in there...”

The Visiter has since spo­ken to the scriptwriter re­spon­si­ble for the jibe, Paul Roundell, who said he wrote the line to wind up his wife - who is a Sand­grounder.

He said: “And it was a to­tal fail as my wife wasn’t both­ered.

“I’ve also had it pointed out to me that my re­search was in­ac­cu­rate, so must apol­o­gise to the peo­ple of South­port.

“Most peo­ple know, of course, the true home of the plas­tic Scouser is the Wir­ral!

“My wife was born in Liver­pool and lived there for a while, so I think I’m al­lowed to say that.”

South­port dubbed ‘land of the Plas­tic Scousers’ on ITV soap Em­merdale.

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