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