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
DENT, CARNFORTH, LANCASHIRE.