Friendly Lan­cashire

This England - - Nelson's Column -

Sir: I was in­trigued to see your photo re­lat­ing to the Lan­cashire sign (“Nel­son’s Col­umn”, Win­ter 2016) and to read the ac­com­pa­ny­ing cap­tion.

I have to say that “peo­ple didn’t mat­ter all that much” when County Hall made puni­tive cuts to the Li­brary Ser­vice mean­ing that many vil­lage branch li­braries have been closed. Those who sup­pos­edly mat­ter have lost one of the hubs of their lo­cal com­mu­nity. Per­haps the best com­men­tary on the rash of this slo­gan, which ap­pears coun­ty­wide, is the sign at the Cum­brian border on the A6070 near Bur­ton-in-ken­dal. Some lo­cal wag has em­ployed his penknife to amend the same and it now reads: “Lan­cashire — a place where peo­ple nat­ter.”

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the ster­ile at­mos­phere of the Lon­don Tube on a daily ba­sis, I am qual­i­fied to con­firm a de­gree of lo­qua­cious­ness is in­deed one of the traits of Lan­cashire peo­ple. Yes, we “nat­ter” but in my opin­ion it is one of our strong points and is indica­tive of an es­sen­tially friendly na­ture. Per­haps this edited slo­gan is far more re­veal­ing than the trite claim of the orig­i­nal. — IAN


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