..Wigan Dialect

A Collection of Lancashire Dialect Poems, Photographs, Phrases & Sayings from around the Wigan area. By Jeff Unsworth


Contact: wigandialect@yahoo.co.uk

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10th March 2016

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Unsworth( nee)

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Liverpool

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Looking for information about the legend of The Unsworth Dragon

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Thank you for your interesting version of the legend.Thank you for the translation too! I hadn't seen it in poetic form before.It was especially good to hear the poem read aloud. I wasn't expecting that!

10th March 2016
Reply from Webmaster

Thank you for your comment.
Also having the surname Unsworth, I found the legend interesting so thats why I decided to write it as a poem. I am glad you liked it.
Regards
Jeff


2nd June 2015

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: davinia

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: In the comments section on my page

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: The Haigh Hall/Mabbs cross poem is great and the cross from mabbs cross can still be seen to this day opposite mabbs cross in the gardens


10th May 2015

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: simon laithwaite

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: scone, new south wales, Australia

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: I spent the first nine years of my life around wigan. All my dads family are from wrightington coppull and appley bridge, and i grew up in shevington then up in whittle near chorley. When i go back to see family i love the lanc culture and language. As i was surrounded by it as a lad my grandad and grandma uncles and aunties were all broad speakers. When my wife and daughter came over i had to translate very funny it was.


22nd April 2015

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Chrissy

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: mooching on thinternet

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Just love your site, being a Wiganer through and through it's great to see someone who is passionate about preserving what is unique to Wigan. My dad worked down pit and talked really broad so I also have a broad Wigan accent. When I was growing up my mum would try to stop us, talking broad as she called it, but it was impossible. I can hear her now saying don't thee n thi in this house.
Thanks for a great site.

Response from Jeff ( Webmaster )

Hiya Chrissy, Thanks for your comment.
My dad used to say to us "Who tha thee'in thee, Don't thee thee me, thee"


24th Feb 2015

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Lorinda Grimshaw

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Michigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: researching Lancastrian dialect for paper

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Lovely website and poems. Can you add in audio readings? It would help my research a lot and add to the understanding of how it sounds.

Reply by Jeff (Webmaster)

Hello Lorinda.
Thank you for your submission to Wigan Dialect and I appreciate your kind comments.
There are quite a lot of the poems recorded if you visit the link below.

http://www.wigandialect.co.uk/recorded.htm

Also you can read the translations of each poem by clicking translation on the poems page.

http://www.wigandialect.co.uk/poems.htm

I hope this helps.
Best Regards

Jeff Unsworth
www.wigandialect.co.uk


14th Jan 2015

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: fay Preston

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Skelmersdale, but Lincolnshire by birth

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A:

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Heard the phrase " I gonna have to change my butchers!" Used when someone was cold. Please explain??

Reply by Jeff (Webmaster)

Hi Fay.

I think this refers to the fatty content of the meat. The more fat you have the warmer you will be.


6th December 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Mis Betty c Doyle.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?

Dear Mr unworth?
In stand church white field in 1945 April. My grandfathers golden wedding, during which he recited a monologue called. OWD. TOWNLEY,S. DREAM. I don,t know if you have heard of it at all but would dearly love to have the full piece. I only know some of the verses, here they are
Neet were dismal wet and cold
Ast ever on it think
I were like a mothered gapin fool
For takin too much drink,
I staggered here
I staggered there
For I could hardly stand
Neet were dark as dark could be
I couldna see mi hand
From here on I can only remember bits so here goes
A donkey put is yed per fence
And gave a dismal Breyer.

The only other fragment was. Something to do with a dis embodied voice
Is that thee ther townly

So I am afraid that is all I can remember. My grandfather was from unworth and then white field. And I. Wish I could remember the rest. I have tried various. Lancashire dialect web sites but so far no luck .
Would be very grateful if by a million to one chance you know of it


11th November 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Jean

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Tyldesley

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: looking for Lancashire dialect poems

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Love your poems and then realised I knew you, especially when I read your Bent Bongs bit. I was one of those who helped strip all the paint off the wonderful staircase you had in the house at Shuttle Street, I also sang a few songs with you - along with a few others, I was Jean Clark then and went to Tyldesley IM. What a blast from the past :0)


Wednesday 28th May 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: John Leyland Price

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Bartonville, Illinois, USA

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Referred by friend

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Thank you for putting up your site. My mother was a Lancashire lass who immigrated to America in 1919. Three members of her family, born in Queen street, Wigan, settled within a few miles of each other and into a community with a number of other Lancashire families. When I moved to Wales for a couple years of work, I took my family of four youngsters and my wife to visit Wigan and Blackpool because I had so many memories passed down from my mother. As I stood in the market place, I was struck by the sounds of the dialect surrounding me. It carried my mind back many years to my childhood spent in the warm embrace of my Lancashire community in Illinois. It was a wonderful treat. Your website is a similar treat and I particularly appreciate the fact that you read many of the poems on the site. Thanks you very much.

Reply By Jeff Unsworth (Web Master )
Thank you John for your kind comments.
The object of my site is to keep alive the Wigan Dialect for people such as yourself and the following generations.


Monday 12th May 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: harry white

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: atherton,born in westhoughton

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: im a member of atherton yahoo group

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: regarding poem El Toopay. A bloke near us had one and my daughter called him rug hed!


Thursday 1st May 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Ann wiggins

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Was born in Stockport

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: I just typed in Lancashire dialect and this popped up.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No,just my email.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: What a wonderful site,I needed to see words the way my grandparents spoke them.my parents emigrated to New Zealand when I was small,my grandparents came as well,but my grandparents never lost the old sayings,my sister and I still say so many things the way they did!! Which amuses the grandchildren,thank you for your wonderful site,just going to ring my sister so she can share it too,regards,Ann.

Answer from Jeff Webmaster
Hiya Ann,. Thank you for your kind comments


Tuesday 15th April 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Anne

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: lancs

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: harlequinworkshop.co.uk

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: My daughter who is now almost 40 read a poem in a show when she was 8 , we haven't been able to find it . We believe it was called nellie gowd flags tho while trying to find it we have seen reference to maggie gowd flags . She now runs a dance school and they are doing a large performance project for the war centenary this year . We wondered if you knew any suitable Lancashire poems for the school to perform . Also if you know the poem we are searching for for nostalgic reasons . Many thanks whether you can or you can't . These are some lines from the poem remembered from memory 30 yrs ago and so may not be 100percent correct
They called her Nellie gowd flags , cos oo wouldn't let her play - oo seemed to get we pleasure in shooin't kids away - er doorstep ya could eyt off for oo scrubbed it Evera morn, an if you dare'd to cross it, youd wish you'd ne'r bin born
Hope you can help , the children have put a tremendous amount of effort in , everyone of them researching their relatives who were in the war and performing a dance group in uniform costumes .
Many thanks , Anne Edgar

Reply from Webmaster
Hello Anne.

Thank you for your comment re: Nellie Gowd Flags.
I am sorry I don't know this poem.
There was a Lancashire Dialect poet by the name of Nellie Critchlow but I don't know where you would find her book.
Maybe you could try your local library and ask if they could do a search.

If you are looking for War poetry in Lancashire Dialect, I don't know where you would find any.
However if you are looking for poetry that relates to the war, there is a website that I built for a Wigan woman who wrote poems about this subject.
Although this lady is now dead, I kept her website running in her memory.
The website is WW2 Poems and can be found at: http://www.freewebs.com/ww2poems/

Or you can typ into Google ( Kathleen Lowe Oliver Poems )

Sorry I can't help more.

Best regards.

Jeff


Sunday 2nd February 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Brian

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Leigh via Owfen'

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: By chance

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Keeping our dialect roots is very important, as I keep trying to tell my grand son, because one day, they will wake up to some posh southern guy trying to tell us how we should speyk, and it won't be Lanky. Lanky Speyk is known the world over, it has it's own understandings of what's reet un what's wrung. Keep the good work up, we need ta' keep these southerners away.

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Tuesday 28th January 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Howard

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Swinton when it wer in Lanc's

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Random-Google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Remembered the missing bit from one I entered half hour back.
"Hay for 'orses and medlers (medlars?)
for blind ducks." -Mind yer own business.
Any idea what it meant or where it came from, please?


Tuesday 28th January 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Howard

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Swinton as woz. Stockport now

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Chance

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Old expression from my grandmother, and I'm 74!
When childer were asking questions they should have been they got answer meaning 'mind yer own business!'

Hay for 'orses and *****? for blind ducks. I can't remember the missing bit. I know what it meant to say but what did it it mean and where did it come from, please?


Saturday 24th January 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Phil Stott

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Leigh/Culcheth

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: yes

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Love the site reminds me of my grandad who talked with a strong dialect he was from Hindley/Leigh. His Grandmother was an Unsworth (Martha) any link ?. The school I worked at had a language week where teaching staff dit different things in different languages. I was asked if i spoke a different language to which I replied only Wiganise. I therefore ended up doing a poem using dialect in assembly. It went down better than any of the other languages. Shame its slowly fading away. Love the site Phil


Saturday 11th January 2014

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: mr ian barrow

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: higher ince originally

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: googled it

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: can you tell me where the phrase jack bit originated I know it means food but how did it start. thanks

Answer from Webmaster

I'm sorry Ian but I do not know where the word 'Jackbit' came from.
It does refer to a miners lunch. As does 'Snap' which is derived from the sound of a lunch box ( Tommy Tin) lid being snapped shut.
A Jackbit is the bit on the end of a mining drill.
I presume the word came into use through a mining term.
Jeff ( Wigan Dialect)


Friday 15th November 2013

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Alan p.

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Irlam now.Previously wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Looking for Willie Wiggins Tales from the barber,s shop

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Love to read the poems in dialect.
Reminds of the good old days when we
had no electronics.(in fact,no electric)


Saturday 24th August 2013

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: les

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: moochin

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: im from wigan me..on facebook and chonkinfeckle.co.uk

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: just letting you know how much i enjoyed you poem/pics...the lot ..brilliant collection of stuff
thanks for sharing it

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Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: sandra turner davies

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: by chance

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: i would just like to know if it is possible to have any of these poems sent to my email address so that i could send them to my american friend who lives in tennessee she just loves how we speak.thankyou.


 

Friday 21st June 2013

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Edna Booth

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Originally Hindley (Navies Lump) then Hindley Green

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Years ago - but have been inactive recently

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Checking around on who can find me on the web (and I am there all over the place, shooting my mouth off) I came back to this site! And I found a dialect word "Bant"! Quick check on the meaning...did not find the real one! Essential meaning of "Bant" is "Strength". I remember it well! And most of us Lanky folks have it, physically and psychologically! Thought you might be interested! Shall check back onto this site on a regular basis! Meanwhile "Dark and True and Tender is the North; and Bright and Fierce and Fickle is the South"! God Love us Lanky-folk (and let Him give a thought to the White Rose also)!
.............................
Response from Jeff Unsworth ( www.wigandialect.co.uk
)

Hiya Edna,
Nice to hear from you again.
Missed your comments on the HGRA website as well.


Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Moira North

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Tyldesley, wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Search engine

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Meaning of "bant" - I grew up using this word as a regular turn of phrase. It has a very specific meaning and doesn't just mean "quality" but the ability of a fabric to hold its original shape. It has no equivalent in Mainstream English which is why it survived into the 1970s at least. You used it to describe how a man's suit for example would lose shape with use and look old - that's loss of "bant"!


Response from Jeff ( Webmaster )
As you say Moira, “Bant” means ( String ) or ( strength of springness of material)

Also “ Bant” is a medical verb meaning ( to lose weight by practicing Bantingism )

The word “Bant” in Welsh means ( off )

In the South east of Ireland . “Bant” means ( Something that is highly enjoyable )
( “ Jaysus, that session was great bant” )

Around the Wigan area the word Bant is a dialect word used in phrases such as: “Tharr engines gett’n no bant in it”

( That engine has got no power in it.)

Purr a bit er bant in it. ( Put some effort into it )

“Banter” is Playful, witty chat.

( We had a reight good bit er banter at wark today)


Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: michael s davies

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: 52 barnsley st/in australia since 66

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: friends in wigan

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: my granddad who past away in 1946 used to call me cock every time we met.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

A: Valerie Haynes

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?

I enjoyed the site. I wanted to look for old words my Granny used to use, including, "bant" and "powfagged". I never hear them today and I found myself using one before and decided to try to find the origin.


ANSWER BY WEBMASTER:

"Bant" - Effort - " Put a bit er bant in it" " Put a bit of effort into it "

"Banter" - "He were gee'in me aw this banter" or " He's gett'n a bit o banter "
" He was giving me all of this information " or " He can talk a lot "

"Powfagged" - tired or done in.

Saying: " Powfagged un Jiggered " I am very, very tired.



July 10th 2012

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Jane

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Eccles Manchester

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Internet

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: I am a volunteer working blind people who attend a social group once a week,, i was looking for some funny poems to read out to them, then i found this site...i have not laughed like that for ages, they are going to LOVE these..thanks.


May 2012
Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Anna Kavalec

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Ben Lomond, California

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Researching the lancashire poets.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: I love reading Edwin Waugh, and just discovered Samuel Laycock. Lunch time at work
I can use the computer, don't have one at home, and am happy to find your site! It will help
me with the unknown words. Anna


May 2012

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Masha

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Moscow

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A:

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Mr Unsworth,
your poems are very beatuful!

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April 2012

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: peter burrows

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Platt bridge

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Facebook

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: I was also born I'm 55 tram st I'm 1957


April 2012

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: John Eckersley

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Somerset, but Dad was from Prestwich

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Searching for Unsworth surname

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Thank you...a very enjoyable poem about a story I grew up with. My great grandmother
was an Unsworth from Goshen, Bury, which is the Unsworth family the story is about. It really
brought the story to life!


January 2012

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Bonnie

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Canada

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: search

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Really enjoyed hearing the dialect. Great site and what a fantastic idea to preserve the
"old" speaking.
Good luck!! BB


December 2011

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Debbie Roberts

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Wigan (origionally) N.Wales now.

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Family

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: nope!

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Just wanted to say your poems bring back such fantastic memories-and make me
laugh out loud!!!! Excellent!!!

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November 2011

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Matt Leivesley

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Lowton, Lancashire

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Researching about Lowton and the Wigan Borough

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A:

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Listening to Th'istry of Wiggin truly drew a tear to my eye. It is a wonderful piece
of Literature and I intend to use it as a focus for one of my future assignments on my
English Literature degree.
Thank you for preserving this wonderful dialect in this way.


October 2011

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Harry Melling

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Bickershaw

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Looking up dialect poetry

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Thanks very much for getting this together. I wish you every success.


August 2011

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Donna

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Virginia, USA

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Google searched for the word "nowty"

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Very interesting site! I've no connection to Wigan, but I've been reading the
Nella Last books and was interested in looking up words I'd seen that she used.
I've visited Liverpool several times, and the accent sounds similar.


June 2011

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Albert May

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Trying to find Lamberhead Green SecondaryModern

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: I lived in Kitt Green before emigrating to Australia.Would like to contact any
person who remembers me. A great site

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April 2011

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Sylvia Crossley

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Shrewsbury

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Browsing Lancashire

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: What a wonderful site. I was born in Scholes in Wigan and have never forgotten the
dialect and whenever I hear it, it brings back foolds of memories.


Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Sara

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Yorkshire

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: google search

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: www.badpoets.wordpress.com

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Everything about these poems is just perfect! Thanks for posting, a great read.


Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Arnie

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: just browsing

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Been on Wigan World lots of times before but first time on this link.Top marks just
could not close it down great entertainmentyou are really tallented please keep up the good work.


Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: betty c. royle

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: norfolk but originaly from whitefield

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: looking for a monologue my grandfather used to recite

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: no

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: do you know one that began.....nite wer dismal wet and cowd ast ever on it think...
i believe its called owd townleys dream.
also one called.. x. marks the spot. can you help please. kind regards.


Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Edna Booth

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Hindley via Hindley Green, London, Manchester to Lowton

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Knew if previously, from trawling

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: As a little kid I came into the house filthy! Was told "Tha looks like tha's bin up t' suff ?sough"
Often wondered what "t' suff/sough" was. Anyone know?

 


Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Marilyn Mercer (Callister)

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Louth in Lincolnshire formerly Tyldesley

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Just browsing

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Great site - love the dialect. Does anyone know how 'the jig' got its' name?


Q:WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Jeff ( Webmaster)

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Hindley Green

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?

In answer to Marilyn Mercer's comment.
Running along side of Manchester Rd, Tyldesley. was the Colliery " Clewarth Hall".
Down towards the Railway line that ran from Manchester where the terraced streets
known as "the Jig Brow"
From the railway line, the land sloped down towards Astley, this was known as " The Banks".

"The Banks" later got changed to " The Bongs" and so Tyldesley became known as " Bongs".

"Jig" is colliery machinery that transported coal down to the waiting train carriages on the lines.
Hence the name "Jig Brow".

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Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: lauren fitzgerald

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: yahoo

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: nope !!!

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: well i am asking how did wigan change from th 1800s to now ???????


Date: 5th November 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Gillian Barker

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Bolton

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Google

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Absolutely Hilarious


Date: 3rd October 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Edna Booth

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Hindley/Hindley Green originally

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Trawling about

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Re dialect phrases....one missing,,,,As't (hast thou), e.g. As't any on yer? usually meaning
"have you any money on you?". Could also be "As't bin in?" - "Have you been in to the local pub?"

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Date: 1st October 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Anne Rose

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Merseyside

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Wiganworld

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Do you know of a poem The Lamplighter in wigan dialect?


30th September 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Mary

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Wigan

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Wigan World

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Love it


Date: 26th September 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Sally Keogh

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Horwich

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Told by a friend

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Loved all your pictures. Especially the Old styles.


Date: 20th September 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Margaret Hegan (was Dawson)

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Suffolk (born Wigan)

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Doing some searches on the area for L & L canal families

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Great site - now going to have a closer look


September 19th 2010
12:02:39 AM

What is your name?
Sheila Cunningham

How did you find this site?
Recommended

Where are you from?
Amsterdam

Would you like me to add a link to your site

Don't have one

Do you have any comments?
I am not from Wigan but I have visited quite a few times to my Nana and Grandads.
My Grandad speaks like your poems


September 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Alan Wheeler

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Seattle Washington USA

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: Browsing Dialects

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: Very interesting website. The dialect is difficult without the translations. Good work.


 

September 2010

Q: WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
A: Gillian Jones

Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A: Liverpool

Q: HOW DID YOU FIND THIS WEBSITE?
A: I was told about it

Q: DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
A: No

Q: WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT?
A: I am originally from Scholes and still speak with a Wigan accent and sometimes use the
dialect when speaking to reletives and friends from Wigan.
I loved Posh Visitors and Blast from the Past.


September 2010

What is your name?
Gordon
How did you find this site?
Searching Lancashire Dialect
Where are you from? Bolton
Do you have any comments?
I used to live in Wigan. They still have the best pies.


August 2010

What is your name? Julie Simmons
How did you find this site? Google
Do you have any comments?
Wonderful Memories. Thank you

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July 2010

What is your name? Michelle
How did you find this site? google
Where are you from? Liverpool
Do you have any comments?
Me Aunty Lizzie Foster and Uncle Jack had a pub in Wigan called the Rose and Crown
years ago, in Whelley. I used to go there when I was little. I love Wigan xxxxxx

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July 2010

What is your name?Susan Russell
How did you find this site?searching for Lancashire poetry on Ask.com
Where are you from?Born on the Wirral but lived in Wigan from birth to 22 years
Do you have any comments?
I will email a photo of my free poster from Mason's the cheapest shop in town - it was a
freebie in 1915 from my grans house in Tyldesley
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July 2010

What is your name?Charles Walker
How did you find this site?Looking for origin of the saying 'In Dickies Meadow' on Google.
Where are you from?Originally - Hindley
Would you like me to add a link to your siteWhy not?
Do you have any comments?
'In Dickies Meadow' northern saying after Richard 3 was killed on Bosworth field in a book
I am reading just now.
I was raised on Laycocks poems--Bishop Fraiser and Thowd Collier, Bowtons Yard,
Thowd Bellmon and lots more.
I have been told by people in various countries where I have lived and worked that the
Wigan accent that I carry (Without shame or pride) is, suprisingly charming, various people
have told me this.
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June 2010

What is your name?Denise
How did you find this site?facebook
Where are you from?Ashton-in-Makerfield
Do you have any comments?
crackin info on site, thanks
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June 30th 2010
10:05:50 AM
What is your name?Michelle
How did you find this site?google
Where are you from?Liverpool
Do you have any comments?
Me Aunty Lizzie Foster and Uncle Jack had a pub in Wigan called the Rose and Crown
years ago, in Whelley. I used to go there when I was little. I love Wigan xxxxxx


February 13th 2010
07:44:57 AM
What is your name?Susan Russell
How did you find this site?searching for Lancashire poetry on Ask.com
Where are you from?Born on the Wirral but lived in Wigan from birth to 22 years
Do you have any comments?
I will email a photo of my free poster from Mason's the cheapest shop in town - it was
a freebie in 1915 from my grans house in Tyldesley


January 28th 2010
11:30:29 PM
What is your name?Charles Walker
How did you find this site?Looking for origin of the saying 'In Dickies Meadow' on Google.
Where are you from?Originally - Hindley
Would you like me to add a link to your siteWhy not?
Do you have any comments?
'In Dickies Meadow' northern saying after Richard 3 was killed on Bosworth field in a book
I am reading just now.
I was raised on Laycocks poems--Bishop Fraiser and Thowd Collier, Bowtons Yard,
Thowd Bellmon and lots more.
I have been told by people in various countries where I have lived and worked that the
Wigan accent that I carry (Without shame or pride) is, suprisingly charming, various people
have told me this.


December 21st 2009
06:18:16 AM
What is your name?Denise
How did you find this site?facebook
Where are you from?Ashton-in-Makerfield
Do you have any comments?
crackin info on site, thanks


December 15th 2009
09:37:52 PM
What is your name?Woody
How did you find this site?facebook
Where are you from?wigan
Do you have any comments?
beltin aint it


December 14th 2009
07:17:09 AM
What is your name?Alan Bailey
How did you find this site?A wer seeching fert th'origin erv "pow fagged". Dint fahnd it.
Where are you from?Leyth.
Do you have any comments?
Really interesting. It should be taught in schools, like what Welsh is. I'll put this website on my favourites, for a reet gud read.

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November 20th 2009
01:46:13 PM
What is your name?Gregg Robert Ashcroft
How did you find this site?Interest
Where are you from?PARBOLD
Would you like me to add a link to your siteAYE
Do you have any comments?
Ar't actually fray Wiggin Mr Unsworth? Whur abeawts?

Gregg


October 30th 2009
02:47:42 PM
What is your name?Harry Margerison
How did you find this site?cyprus44 forum
Where are you from?Ozankoy, Girne, Northern Cprus
Do you have any comments?
Originally from Blackburn, but lived in Hindley Green for 35 years


August 24th 2009
07:22:02 AM
What is your name?Michael Byrom
How did you find this site?Browsing
Where are you from?Stoke-on-Trent (formaly Blackrod)
Do you have any comments?
Love local history and reading about my roots


August 2nd 2009
03:43:35 PM
What is your name?Anita
How did you find this site?Browing - love local history
Where are you from?Tyldesley but orginally Longsight Manchester!
Would you like me to add a link to your siteNo ta
Do you have any comments?
Had a right good laugh - may have lived in longsight but see myself as a tyldeley'ite! Keep it up really enjoyerd it!


June 8th 2009
02:25:48 PM
What is your name?sharon
How did you find this site?browsing
Where are you from?adlington
Would you like me to add a link to your siteno ta chuck
Do you have any comments?
had a reet gradely chuckle wi mi feller..


March 25th 2009
09:29:20 AM
What is your name?jake paterson
How did you find this site?school
Where are you from?wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your siteno
Do you have any comments?
i love the poem blast from the past it is halareous


February 16th 2009
07:23:35 AM
What is your name?Gregg Ashcroft
How did you find this site?Look for it
Where are you from?Parbold
Do you have any comments?
T'reet cockers.


December 2nd 2008
05:20:40 PM
What is your name?Susan Roach
How did you find this site?mi bruther in law- mikey;)
Where are you from?westhoughton!
Do you have any comments?
a love this! I've almost forgor ow' t speak reet, as av bin int USA for near 30 yer. Just sayin 'ello to me sister Viv and er ubby mikexx


July 16th 2008
02:20:17 AM
What is your name?Ed
How did you find this site?Google
Where are you from?West Yorkshire, I'm afraid
Do you have any comments?
Excellent site. There is a shortage of good Lancashire dialect sites. What I find strange is how many similarities there are with Yorkshire. I would have expected that Wigan was too far away from the border to be similar.


May 22nd 2008
07:40:26 PM
What is your name?Wail Balkhair
How did you find this site?google
Where are you from?Jeddah
Do you have any comments?
Hi, are Jeff that I konw? Jeddah, PCA, AE, MC.


April 5th 2008
02:36:25 PM
What is your name?Delia Banks
How did you find this site?Friend
Where are you from?Atherton
Do you have any comments?
Blast from the Past ( a scream )


April 5th 2008
01:34:29 AM
What is your name?Les Cummings
How did you find this site?Browsing for dialect
Where are you from?Newbury
Do you have any comments?
I am from Wigan originally ( Scholes ) I don't speak dialect but I understand it well through my Grand parents.
I Found your poems really funny. they reminded me of my granparents.


March 10th 2008
05:15:26 AM
What is your name?Johny
Do you have any comments?Great site. very enjoyable reading.


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October 30th 2007
10:32:30 PM
What is your name?John Earnshaw
How did you find this site?Through Mike Dempseys site
Where are you from?Oswaldtwistle
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes Please
Do you have any comments?
Wonderful site as like my site we need in this so called moderen world to keep the Lancastrian dialect alive

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October 17th 2007
05:25:37 AM
What is your name?Karen P
How did you find this site?Looking for some lancashire dialect!
Where are you from?Bryn!
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no thankyou ill save ya in me favourites!
Do you have any comments?
i'm from Bryn in Asthon in makerfield, as i like to say i'm a brynner born n breader!
i speak quite broad wiganese ...(as it is more modernly called round ere!) i inherit it from my my late nan. she was very broad and alot of the in laws couldnt understand her!
i have been often told to 'speak proper' by past employees, i found this rather offensive as i am proud of my home town and my dialect!


September 14th 2007
11:48:34 AM
What is your name?Diane Wilkinson
How did you find this site?My Friend Paul
Where are you from?Lancaster
Do you have any comments?
I love this site.
Brilliant pictures especially the styles.
The poetry is very very funny,


September 14th 2007
01:30:19 AM
What is your name?Paul Simpson
How did you find this site?Searching Google for Dialect
Where are you from?Garstang
Do you have any comments?
Brilliant Website.
Had me in stitches
Especially " Blast from the Past "
Really funny.


May 27th 2007
06:41:03 AM
What is your name?Elaine Murphy (Scottie)
How did you find this site?Google
Where are you from?Hindley Nr Wigan
Do you have any comments?
Glad to see the Wigan dialect in its glory, I talk proper broad, me mam used to go mad at me, telling me to speak proper, and I do! Al bi seein thee !


February 20th 2007
11:30:26 AM
What is your name?Tony Pearson
How did you find this site?Google
Where are you from?Tyldesley
Do you have any comments?
Jeff, I'm also born 1946 in Leigh and am researching my family, the Pearsons who were mostly miners in Tyldesley from about 1883. I can tell you that the Ox Roast photo on your site is from 1925 and my grandfather is visible in it. I'm interested in the Jig brow as my ancestors lived there in Bank Street in 1891 and 1901. Is there any way I could get a decent copy of a couple of your jig photos? I'd be hugely grateful and I'm more than happy to pay.


January 3rd 2007
05:54:54 PM
What is your name?Jane Henderson
How did you find this site?Wigan World site link
Where are you from?Mount Vernon, Illinois, USA
Do you have any comments?
I found your site while looking for mining villages in Lancashire of the early 1800s. I am a genealogy buff-our Wilsons were miners there. I am from the wrong side of 'the pond', but can read the dialect very easily! It carried over a few generations, and my grandmother still used some of the 'slang'!


October 10th 2006
05:27:54 AM
What is your name?Berniece Carver
How did you find this site?computer offers
Where are you from?computer offers
Do you have any comments?
Thanks for the great information.

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August 20th 2006
01:45:09 AM
What is your name?Annbjørg Lunde
How did you find this site?search on your name
Where are you from?Norway
Do you have any comments?
for some years ago a got a poem from a friend
I remember your name.
I think that was writen by you.
I have lost it. Can you send my the poem. Pleace
name of the poem is " FOR ROSE "


August 1st 2006
01:05:04 PM
What is your name?Bryan Seddon
How did you find this site?chat searches
Where are you from?Australia
Would you like me to add a link to your site
email to itsa1939oz@hotmail.com
Do you have any comments?
sorry..forgot to add email addy to my post.


August 1st 2006
12:52:51 PM
What is your name?BRYAN SEDDON
How did you find this site?searching for Wigan chat sites
Where are you from?SYDNEY AUSTRALIA ex PLATT BRIDGE
Do you have any comments?
I sure do. Jeffrey I think you are my 1st cousin !! I was born at 55 Tram St Platt Bridge on 13th July 1939.
My dad was Tommy Seddon born 16/2/15 at 53 Tram road and married Wynne in Aug.1938. My dad became a soldier early 1939 after working in the pits with his uncles...one of whom would have been your dad? Dads mum was Annie Gardner. Also remember an Uncle Ralph, Aunty Cissy, cousin Julie. Is Julie your sister?

Please reply and do you have a private email I can write to you? Am really looking forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes and congratulations on a great site.


July 16th 2006
01:20:29 AM
What is your name?Bob Preece
How did you find this site?Through "The Wigan T Shirt" campaign
Where are you from?West Sussex
Do you have any comments?
I think this sort of thing is really marvelous. It's interesting to be able to see the roots of our regional dialects. I first became aware of it in the 1980's when I worked near Wigan at Hindley. Please keep up the good work!


June 21st 2006
04:09:53 AM
What is your name?norma beckett
How did you find this site?initially told about it by Jeff. Reminded by Wigan World web site
Where are you from?Originally Higher Ince. Now living in Goose Green.
Do you have any comments?
Did not have many probs reading it. Took me back to my childhood, made me laugh. Especially liked the poems about the catapult, visiting Gran, and going to the baths.
A really enjoyable web site.


June 7th 2006
11:41:48 AM
What is your name?Bert Shone
How did you find this site?Jeff At our Jacks Wedding
Where are you from?Hindsford (originally) Walkden now
Do you have any comments?
Very good Jeff, I can read Lanky dialerct And I speak in Lanky but I cant write it.
Keep up the good work.


May 31st 2006
12:50:28 AM
What is your name?Ross
How did you find this site?google
Where are you from?ottinghamshire
Would you like me to add a link to your site
If you'd be so kind!!
Do you have any comments?
A very heartening site to visit! Good stuff!
Having written a few dialect poems myself in the East Midlands Dialect, (The dialect DH Lawrence wrote in.) I wondered if there were any more contemporary writers of dialect poetry. Having found out there are a few online, and perhaps more who aren't I made the website above to encourage others to submit poems from their region to make a bigger collection reflecting the diversity of dialects around the country, and to encourage the use of dialect. Ah pairsonly ope none on em goo airt o' yose, an' kaip it up yoeth!


April 30th 2006
04:01:32 PM
What is your name?linda
How did you find this site?tootin
Where are you from?wigan
Do you have any comments?
lanky totaly confuses my fella hes from london lol


February 24th 2006
02:36:27 PM
What is your name?john edwards
How did you find this site?ffrom a friend
Where are you from?tyldesley@ boothstown now living in abram
Do you have any comments?
great site keep up the good work


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January 27th 2006
05:08:57 PM
What is your name?tina hatton
How did you find this site?wigan web site
Where are you from?platt bridge
Would you like me to add a link to your site
email me wigan_tina_26@yahoo.co.uk
Do you have any comments?


December 13th 2005
02:32:08 AM
What is your name?lynne
How did you find this site?browsin
Where are you from?beech hill
Do you have any comments?
mi dad will luv this site.His name is unsworth e proper broad real wiganer he worked down pit most of his life.


December 4th 2005
11:44:16 AM
What is your name?philip sutton
How did you find this site?mi dad towd me
Where are you from?billinge now living in peterlee co durham
Do you have any comments?
its great this lot up here dont know what ime gooin on abeawt


September 27th 2005
01:25:14 PM
What is your name?chris
How did you find this site?link from wigan shades
Where are you from?standish
Do you have any comments?
BLOODY BELTIN SITE !!!


September 15th 2005
01:38:42 PM
What is your name?glenys
How did you find this site?wigan world
Where are you from?wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yes please
Do you have any comments?
i bought the nostalgia cd briliant it didnt half cheer me up i recomend it waiting for a new one to be released


August 21st 2005
05:32:19 AM
What is your name?margaret
How did you find this site?trying to find a site that included "tooting"(noseying) . Used the word on a forum recently no one knew what I was on about.
Where are you from?The Netherlands (originaly from Hindley)
Do you have any comments?
brought back loads of memories and made me smile :o)


August 14th 2005
02:46:19 PM
What is your name?daxow
Do you have any comments?
All we want to say is that you have a great web site with useful content!


July 27th 2005
05:51:38 AM
What is your name?Rob/Sue Elton
How did you find this site?Google
Where are you from?Leeds/Wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes please
Do you have any comments?
definitely worth trying!


April 12th 2005
11:09:13 AM
What is your name?susan
How did you find this site?looking for wigan swimming pool
Where are you from?wigan now living in cumbria for 7 years
Do you have any comments?
really took me back to my roots, u can take the girl out of wigan but never ever take wigan out the girl


April 6th 2005
10:39:45 AM
What is your name?Chris(tine) Entwistle nee Ensor
How did you find this site?Via your details on Friends Re-United
Where are you from?Hampshire (originally from Ince)
Do you have any comments?
Great to see you are keeping this dialect alive going to pass it on to my son. Well done keep up the good work


April 4th 2005
12:29:38 PM
What is your name?Chris Casson
How did you find this site?browsing
Where are you from?marsh green-stubshaw cross
Do you have any comments?
nice to see you keeping the old tongue going,
all my family spoke like that, I have no probs reading and speaking it either, where they came from gaskell st scholes (scowes)everyone spoke the same, until they flattened it all and moved everybody out.

regards
chris


April 3rd 2005
10:08:02 AM
What is your name?doreen
How did you find this site?browsing
Where are you from?wigan
Do you have any comments?
a great site, if your feeling down, come on here, you would soon be laughing

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March 27th 2005
12:22:55 PM
What is your name?mick faz
How did you find this site?surfin
Where are you from?marsh bonks originally
Do you have any comments?
yip keep it alive cant lose it


March 7th 2005
04:21:36 PM
What is your name?tina
Where are you from?platt bridge
Do you have any comments?
wigan born and bread platt wazzer all my life


March 7th 2005
04:17:24 PM
What is your name?ada
How did you find this site?internet
Where are you from?platt bridge
Would you like me to add a link to your site
please
Do you have any comments?
born in 1938 lived in wigan all my life and would love to help any one wanting
info about wigan


March 7th 2005
03:55:03 AM
What is your name?tina haton
How did you find this site?internet
Where are you from?platt bridge
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yes
Do you have any comments?
i was born in wigan in 1979. On my third birthday my family and i moved to sunny rhyl. by the time i turned eight we was back in platt bridge. But you no what they say once a wiganer always a wiganer.


February 20th 2005
12:23:46 PM
What is your name?Brian Naylor
How did you find this site?Through a relative in America ironically
Where are you from?Originally Owfen ' lived in Leigh for over 35 years
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes please !!
Do you have any comments?
Had a good laugh at the toopay 'can't wait to get the full C D version. It is great to know that people are still passionate about lanky'
We have cousins over later this year fro' abroad, cawn't wait furt ger er' intu some gud owd lanky speyk '
Brill site Jeff !! Keep the Red Rose Blooming !!


February 12th 2005
09:12:18 PM
What is your name?Chris Ralston
How did you find this site?internet
Where are you from?Western Australia
Would you like me to add a link to your site
No
Do you have any comments?
Would like to hear from any Unsworth's than come from Wigan. We left Wigan in 1955 so I would like to get in contact with anyone to see if we are related.


February 12th 2005
04:33:07 PM
What is your name?Victoria Smith
How did you find this site?Surfing the internet..looking for Leigh sites.
Where are you from?I live in Pekin, Illinois USA
Would you like me to add a link to your site
No thankyou. I can do it. I certainly won't loose you.
Do you have any comments?
Since you ask. My grandparents were from Leigh moving to America in 1914. I still have second cousins living in Leigh. They have come to visit me and I them. My sister and I are making a trip in May. I have my airplane ticket in hand. One cousin has been trying to teach me the Lancashire Dialect via email without much luck. I am looking forward to having lessons when I visit. When I visited in 2000 he spoke Lancashire Dialect to me and I could understand none of it. My great grandparents are buried in Leigh Cemetery. I love Leigh, Wigan and the entire country. We are flying into Manchester to be met by the cousins and during our 9 day visit will take a train to London, visit Wales and Blackpool and of course visit with the family. Too soon it will be over and we will be back home. My Grandparents were married in St. Marys Church. I have enjoyed your website and recognized many of the places from my first visit. Thanks for making the Lancashire Dialect available to me. Have a great day, Victoria


February 6th 2005
10:29:37 AM
What is your name?jean
Do you have any comments?hindley green posh end tututut


February 6th 2005
05:00:21 AM
What is your name?becca
Do you have any comments?
i like ur webby


January 23rd 2005
02:48:05 AM
What is your name?Peter Graham
How did you find this site?CD Case
Where are you from?Seattle
Do you have any comments?
Cool site, Funny poetry and great Pics.


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January 17th 2005
03:08:54 PM
What is your name?BRENDA CAUSEY
How did you find this site?INTERNET
Where are you from?WHELLEY
Would you like me to add a link to your site
YES
Do you have any comments?
HAVE LOVED LOOKING AT YOUR SITE. VERY INTERESTING AND BRINGS BACK MANY MEMORIES. AM INTERESTED IN THE OLD BOTTLING WOOD AREA AND WHELLEY. THAT'S WUR I WER FETCHED UP


January 12th 2005
09:00:09 AM
What is your name?Allan W Bennett
How did you find this site?Had it lisyted in my "Favorites" for some time
Where are you from?Michigan, USA. 25 Miles North of Detroit
Would you like me to add a link to your site
No
Do you have any comments?
Your site reminds me of the times when my mother and cousin, both from Wigan and before they passed away some years ago, had conversations with each other speaking "broad" and making we who listened laugh.


January 5th 2005
06:29:18 PM
What is your name?Jay
How did you find this site?google
Where are you from?wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yes
Do you have any comments?
www.wigantonight.co.uk - wigans no.1 clubbing site
keep up to date with all the latest nights out,
the biggest events, whats hot, whats not,
check out the latest tunes & what the djs get up 2,


November 25th 2004
05:08:35 AM
What is your name?Joy
How did you find this site?Through Mikes monolouges.
Where are you from?Yorkshire/Chicago
Do you have any comments?
Jeff you certainly put a smile in my day. I will return for more of the same. Don't hold the fact that I am a Yorkshire lass against me. 8-) Thanks for sharing. Joy


November 16th 2004
03:10:02 PM
What is your name?Joanne
How did you find this site?yahoo - searching for Wigan web sites
Where are you from?Aspull, living in Las Vegas
Do you have any comments?
Great pictures and loved the poems.


November 12th 2004
01:40:40 PM
What is your name?anita
How did you find this site?you told me about it!
Where are you from?horwich
Would you like me to add a link to your site
aye lad
Do you have any comments?
i listened to your cd & i think it's fantastic. PLEASE tell me the story about the pie isn't true.I felt so sorry for you


November 3rd 2004
08:14:27 PM
What is your name?Sean McNamara
How did you find this site?Surfing
Where are you from?Southport-Old Lancashire-Now living in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes
Do you have any comments?
Great site. Does anyone have any information on Nellie Gough? She
was born in Higher Ince, Wigan during WWI and used to recite
monologues for the Wigan Hospice. A grand old lady with a fabulous
voice for monologues!


October 31st 2004
01:49:46 PM
What is your name?Pamela Routliff (nee Howard)
Where are you from?Canada
Do you have any comments?
A wonderful site. The picture of St. George's Roman Catholic Church was wonderful. My great grandfather, George Howard had been baptized there on August 17, 1873, so it was of particular interest to me. Thank you!


October 2nd 2004
08:34:53 AM
What is your name?Susan Berry
How did you find this site?Searching for Wigan sites
Where are you from?Lived in Bickershaw until 20, Now living in Sunny Rhyl !!
Do you have any comments?
Loved the dialect page. Could just picture my gran (Doris Turner ) sat in front of the coal fire quoting most of the phrases on your site.


September 20th 2004
12:31:44 PM
What is your name?Faye
How did you find this site?Findin wigan sites ont net
Where are you from?hindley
Do you have any comments?
ar toreet gud site had me in stitches sounds jus like mi mam haha


September 16th 2004
09:35:53 PM
What is your name?Lynn
How did you find this site?thru 'This is Lancashire' site
Where are you from?Leyth
Do you have any comments?
Have lived in Wollongong, Australia since 1976 but can still understand leyth, bit harder to speak it after so long, but will try at parties after a few bevvies. Wonderful site, had me laughing and crying. Well done, keep up the good work.


July 28th 2004
10:16:18 PM
What is your name?Pat Willmot
How did you find this site?Link through Funny Poems
Where are you from?Bolton, Lancashire but now in Canada
Do you have any comments?
Reading beween the lines of your poems, if they are based on your experiences. I would say we had a pretty similar upbringing Although I am a little older.
Your poems are funny and some are quite thought provoking.


July 28th 2004
03:01:17 PM
What is your name?Beryl
How did you find this site?Google search
Where are you from?Arizona
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Don't have one
Do you have any comments?
What a wonderful web site. I have relatives in the UK from the Orrell area of Wigan.
When they visit us they speak like your poems.
We cannot understand them but your transations do help a little.
Thank you so much.


July 16th 2004
11:02:19 PM
What is your name?Barry ( Buzz ) Leyland
How did you find this site?Searching Google for Wigan
Where are you from?Wigan originally. Bamfurlong now in Australia
Do you have any comments?
Great site gret laugh. Blast from the Past is a cracker.

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May 9th 2004
01:50:23 PM
What is your name?Eddie
How did you find this site?browsing wigan stuff
Where are you from?Ashton in Makerfield but formerly of Higher Ince
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yes
Do you have any comments?
brought back some fond memories of my childhood,do you remember canrow brook? it ran in front of the Park Hotel thro't tunnel under manchester rd then daewn past amberswood tavern, it ran between wagonworks unt warmslay park upto devil's tunnel leading to 3 corners pond.we usedt cotch pike un perch here from rafts that we made frum owd sleepers n owd oil drums.Is thur ony books on eht spell int wigun tung? acun justabeit reed int dialect but am not tsure ait reet it daewn,wi could do wi a wigun dicshunery?


May 1st 2004
07:56:21 PM
What is your name?Smith
How did you find this site?browsing along the www
Where are you from?Leigh
Would you like me to add a link to your site
I, go on then!
Do you have any comments?
nice site on Wigan!! good do with a few extra pics though!! keep up the good work! Be seeing ya!


April 17th 2004
09:13:09 AM
What is your name?Steve Morris
Where are you from?I'm a Leyther now living in Chorley
Do you have any comments?A very nice site Jeff, well done!
A great many more dialect poems than I imagined. Keep up the good work, it's a tradition worth keeping!
Nice to have met you at the Beer Engine.


March 9th 2004
11:43:28 AM
What is your name?alan winstanley
How did you find this site?by chatting to thi cross gate
Where are you from?hav way hows
Would you like me to add a link to your site
if tha wants
Do you have any comments?
i have found this very interesting and would like to learn more , very good jeff keep up the good work.


February 28th 2004
10:34:39 AM
What is your name?DENNIS DICKINSON
Where are you from?NEW ZEALAND (formerly UpHolland)
Do you have any comments?
A great site, lots of memories and lots of laughs. Keep up the good work .... thankyou.


February 25th 2004
12:46:59 AM
What is your name?Ralph
How did you find this site?Surfing Wigan Sites
Where are you from?Wigan of course
Do you have any comments?
Grand work owd lad.Blast from the Past is an Howler


February 12th 2004
07:58:22 AM
What is your name?AMYHow did you find this site?
BY YOU
Where are you from?MANCHESTER
Do you have any comments?
HIYA JUST CHEKING OUT THIS COOL SITE.


February 12th 2004
04:50:22 AM
What is your name?Anne
How did you find this site?Searching for Lancashire dialect sites
Where are you from?Darwen originally, but in Westhoughton now
Do you have any comments?
I taught in Platt Bridge for 13 years in the 70s & 80s when the older local people still used the dialect & the trains full of coal used to pass the school. This site bright back lots of memories. Some of my husband's family were from Platt Bridge, I think their name was "Sell".


January 13th 2004
08:59:33 PM
What is your name?Wendi
How did you find this site?Reading about Wigan in general.
Where are you from?Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Do you have any comments?
I had the pleasure of visiting Wigan recently, and I loved every minute of it. It really is a beautiful place full of lovely people.


December 29th 2003
11:38:34 AM
What is your name?Ronnie Parkinson
How did you find this site?Standish home pages
Where are you from?Live in Coppull originally from Pemberton
Would you like me to add a link to your site
www.coppull.com
Do you have any comments?
Brilliant site


December 15th 2003
07:24:33 PM
What is your name?Jack Scotson
How did you find this site?doing family search Grand parents from Wigan
Where are you from?Culbertson, Montana USA
Do you have any comments?
I have found your site to be very interesting. Maybe we will visit some day


December 9th 2003
04:22:35 PM
What is your name?sue robinson
How did you find this site?A wigginer recommended it
Where are you from?Penzance (born Atherton)
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yes
Do you have any comments?
A brilliant site, the pictures of the Jig were good my gran was born down "the jig" I enjoyed the poems as well they brought back many memories.


November 8th 2003
06:29:07 PM
What is your name?Caroline
How did you find this site?Browser
Where are you from?Ince Wigan Now in sefton Merseyside
Would you like me to add a link to your site
got no site
Do you have any comments?
If there are any pie eaters in Netherton Sefton or surronding area's I would love to hear from you.


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September 27th 2003
12:29:30 PM
What is your name?Catherine
How did you find this site?from a mate
Where are you from?Ashton in Makerfield
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no ta
Do you have any comments?
reasearchin dilect for college n laffed mi ead off coz mi dad sayz alld' stuff great site keep it up! i'm gunt b sayin all'd stuff in college now!


September 23rd 2003
03:17:11 AM
What is your name?Caz King
How did you find this site?search engine
Where are you from?Wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes please
Do you have any comments?
Cool site


July 23rd 2003
08:07:01 AM
What is your name?Angela Trotter
How did you find this site?just surfin
Where are you from?Glasgow
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no ta
Do you have any comments?
Have lots of relatives down there, just trying to understand what the locals have to say. .


June 29th 2003
05:17:58 PM
What is your name?AL SUTTON (ALGIE)
Do you have any comments?(no comment)


June 28th 2003
07:26:19 AM
What is your name?AL SUTTON (ALGIE)
How did you find this site?browsing through wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
YES THANK YOU
Do you have any comments?
I miss Wigan and the friends i had they are best,hope i find some
friends from Wigan Infimary,Ince,Worsley Menses,Ashton-in-Mak
andalso Hindley


June 26th 2003
12:26:26 PM
What is your name?Alan hilton
How did you find this site?browsing
Where are you from?Prestatyn since 1972 before that Lower & Higher Ince ,
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Tha best do r els
Do you have any comments?
LOVLIT EER THOWD TAWK,FOCHIS BACK TIMES WHEN AWUS IR YOUNGUN
AM 65 in Aug.Thers nowt queera thun folk, un thers plenty
livin darn ear.
Brilliant keep the good work up.


June 13th 2003
10:51:35 AM
What is your name?David Brown
How did you find this site?surfing
Where are you from?Stubshaw Cross
Do you have any comments?
I live in Ireland now,the site tookme back home for a while.


June 13th 2003
05:20:11 AM
What is your name?Anthony Critchley
How did you find this site?Browsing Wigan sites
Where are you from?Born in Wigan and now in Australia since 1963
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Soory dont have one
Do you have any comments?
Great site, I have lost my Wigan accent for an Aussie one....enjoyed your old pics ....please keep updating I will visit from time to time


May 28th 2003
12:23:57 AM
What is your name?Jill Rigby
Where are you from?St Helens, my husband from Ashton-in-Makerfield
Do you have any comments?
Great to see the old family photos. Now we know where the thinning hair comes from!


April 22nd 2003
01:36:35 PM
What is your name?EDDIE
Do you have any comments?i con remembur guwin t 3 corners fur fishin er raftin
wi ad fert go undert devvils tunnel wot wur daewn bit canrow bruk wi usedt cotch monny a red bristtid stikulback r a jar full er tadpoles frum cannybruk.
yer cud alus go up owt railway line frum ince park t git t 3 corners ifun yer wur afeeherd o guin threwt devils tunnel


April 22nd 2003
01:17:16 PM
What is your name?EDDIE howarth
How did you find this site?bin ear afor
Where are you from?ashtun int makerfield
Do you have any comments?
I too remumber bullit rocks it wur up bi eynd prince o wales pub at top oer belle green lone.
we usedt gu the r strait frum scoo by walkin upt cut bank frum rose bridge scoo.
thanks fert memmories


April 12th 2003
04:52:08 AM
What is your name?Robert Broxson
How did you find this site?Looking for Lancashire Dialect Poems
Where are you from?Higher Ince originally
Do you have any comments?
Grand site this, Sommat things you said about Bullet rocks and Deep pit could have been about me. Me and me mates used to take pillins to barons farm as well, lovely bit of nostalgia , keep it up.

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April 10th 2003
11:39:49 AM
What is your name?Paula Waldowski
How did you find this site?web search
Where are you from?Springfield, Missouri, USA
Would you like me to add a link to your site
don't have one yet
Do you have any comments?
Love your site. I'm writing a novel about one of my ancestors, Sir William Bradshaw, yes the one that's buried in the local church there. Your site has been very helpful. I live in the Ozarks, where we also have a very distinctive dialect. Yankees call it a "hillbilly" accent but those of us with college degrees prefer to call it "mountain william." Many people (including both sides of my family) settled here after emigrating from northern England, by way of Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, and on to Missouri. If you'd be interested in seeing some examples of our dialect, let me know! Keep up the good work!


April 7th 2003
06:26:07 PM
What is your name?Christine (Lyon) Beek
How did you find this site?Wigan search
Where are you from?Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Okay
Do you have any comments?
This is a great site. I feel that I got to know my grandfather a bit more - thank you. My grandfather was born in Gorton, Ardwick, Chorlton, but his grandfather was born in Wigan. I am presently doing my genealogy and would love to get to know the sound of the Lancashire accent. My grandmother, who was from Maidstone,Kent, got a snicker on occasion when my grandpa was on the phone and she could tell that the person at the other end of the line couldn't understand a word he was saying. My mother said the same thing when she first started going with my dad. My grandfather died when I was 1 year old, so I never got to know him or his accent, but my mom said he was an extremely nice person.


April 7th 2003
11:11:28 AM
What is your name?MAUREEN BALDWIN NEE DISKIN
How did you find this site?LOOKING FOR OLD SCHOOL PHOTOS
Where are you from?BAMFURLONG
Do you have any comments?
GOOD SITE NICE TO SEE SO MANY VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. I USED TO WORK IN BOLANDS BAKERY PLATT BRIDGE AND GARSWOOD HALL COLLERY 1946/1950


March 31st 2003
02:41:25 PM
What is your name?Adele Higham
How did you find this site?just browsing one evening
Where are you from?Highfield Wigan originally now living in Buckinghamshire
Do you have any comments?
A reet gradely site! Living in the South now (where they dont have any local sayings phrases or humour...very boring)It was a pleasure to read familiar sayings,ihad a good chuckle to myself..unfortunatley my husband didnt have a clue what i was laughing at...see like i said no sense of humour!!!! Keep up the brilliant work,and i cant wait to visit wom


March 16th 2003
01:50:46 PM
What is your name?DAVE MOSS
How did you find this site?SUFFING WIGAN SITES
Where are you from?APPLEY BRIDGE TILL 1971 THEN AUSTRALIA (CANBERRA)
Do you have any comments?
GREAT SITE


March 10th 2003
07:12:42 AM
What is your name?Sheila McGillin
How did you find this site?google search
Where are you from?Omagh N.I
Do you have any comments?
Very interesting items, just passing through as I may be visiting in a few months time. Checking out the area. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Sheila.


March 7th 2003
04:03:13 PM
What is your name?Dave Dutton
Do you have any comments?Owdo Jeff,
Just to let you all know that EMI have suddenly decided to re-release the hilarious legendary Lanky Spoken Here LP - recorded 25 years ago
in Leigh. Starring Fivepenny Piece; Bernard Wrigley; Bob Williamson; Gary and Vera Aspey; Tony Melody and Dave Dutton who wrote the
book. "Translations" by the BBC's Robert Dougall and Sheila Tracy.Scheduled date is May 5th.


March 6th 2003
10:04:51 AM
What is your name?Eric Lucas
How did you find this site?jeeves
Where are you from?Paignton Devon
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no thanks
Do you have any comments?
I loved to see some Lancashire reminders,coming from the North West.
We are reseaching some of our old family,
Do you know where we could find out more about the Amos family who lived at5 Upper Morris Street,Wigan.{1900}
Dad..Josiah born 1851.,Mum..Margaret..born1863
Granny..Ellen born 1831 in Worcester.
kids..Sarah,b.1893,Edith.b.1895,Joe,b.1898,Bertie,b.1899,
martha,b.1901.or the descendents?
Regards.Eric Lucas


March 2nd 2003
12:50:08 PM
What is your name?MICHAEL ROBERTS
How did you find this site?passed from a friend
Where are you from?Platt Bridge Wigan
Do you have any comments?
Enjoyed the site, brought back memories


March 2nd 2003
12:35:25 PM
What is your name?jemmy myers
How did you find this site?awer just mawin abawt
Where are you from?wigin
Would you like me to add a link to your site
tha con if tha wants
Do you have any comments?
brill site mester tha`s dun weel

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February 22nd 2003
07:44:30 PM
What is your name?dithering walter
How did you find this site?looking for mi mam
Where are you from?wigin
Do you have any comments?
hi jeff,just like to say thi r a great poet and thi r a rum bugger,because thy slavers.keep up the good work thi r one in a million.


February 21st 2003
07:30:40 AM
What is your name?Jack Daniel
How did you find this site?Google - searched for Wigan
Where are you from?Southport, Lived in Newtown, Wigan for 10 years now
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes Please, both sites are in Wigan www.siliconhell.com www.bollx.com
Do you have any comments?
Crackin site, the Wigan dialect cracks me up

Kind Regards

Jack ...
http://www.bollx.com
http://www.siliconhell.com


February 15th 2003
08:06:58 AM
What is your name?Karen Thompson
How did you find this site?through a url for genealogy
Where are you from?Kentucky, USA
Do you have any comments?
This is a very nice site. Loved your poem and had fun trying to figue out the words before reading the translation. I had intended to look up info for family tree but this was just too interesting.


February 15th 2003
07:01:06 AM
What is your name?Rose Khan (nee Fairhurst)
How did you find this site?Following links to Wigan.
Where are you from?Upholland, have lived in USA since 1976. Presently living in Iowa .
Do you have any comments?
Great site, Ahve just laughed eawt loud till't tears were running deawn mi face at those local sayings !!!! they dont half bring back memories eh? Great stuff Jeff


February 11th 2003
03:40:41 AM
What is your name?Oran
How did you find this site?Searching for Lancashire Dialect
Where are you from?Preston
Do you have any comments?
Enjoyed the site and will recommend it to my friends


February 5th 2003
01:04:47 PM
What is your name?Stephen Gittoes
How did you find this site?BBC Radio Lancashire
Where are you from?Lower Ince Neaw Frum Leuth
Do you have any comments?
This ere wiggin websites champiun keep it gooin mi owd prater al sithee


January 28th 2003
05:22:41 AM
What is your name?Joy-ce Wiggin Robbins
How did you find this site?surfed in
Where are you from?Florida, USA
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Loved the Poem.
Do you have any comments?
What a delightful site. I will forward it to all the "cousins" doing research on the surname WIGGIN.


January 24th 2003
12:46:30 PM
What is your name?gerry
How did you find this site?lqqk
Where are you from?bryn- gods country
Do you have any comments?
nor ad time fot gu through aw thi site Jeff, bur ave laught un skriked ut wor av sin so far, al bi back, anyroad its hu beltin read, good luck,


January 23rd 2003
03:28:36 AM
What is your name?Barry Hodkinson
How did you find this site?by accident
Where are you from?Leigh
Do you have any comments?
Enjoyed reading the poetry and will endevour to teach my kids how to read it.
I have been living in Denmark for 22 years now and if I can learn Danish then I am going to make a point of getting them to learn Lanky

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January 1st 2003
04:43:03 PM
What is your name?Kathleen Palmer
How did you find this site?Bi Accidunt
Where are you from?Originally From Wigan, Now Living In Telford, Shropshire
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Al Reet Then!
Do you have any comments?
Is There Any Other People Living In Shropshire That Used To Live In The Wigan Area??????


December 26th 2002
04:49:04 PM
What is your name?Eileen Churchill
How did you find this site?From "Fun Page" Ex-Lancs. Mike Grogan Ref
Where are you from?Johannesburg South Africa
Do you have any comments?
This is really on behalf of my friend "Bryan Green" who came to South Africa about 25 yrs ago. He always tells me about Wigan Pier. He also has a pair of clogs (seemingly the LAST ones made by a Wigan Clog-Maker). I am from Accrington, originally, so also not too far away. This is a wonderful site, & I will inform my friends of it. Thank you & A Happy & Peacefull New Year to One & All.


December 19th 2002
11:57:30 AM
What is your name?Chris
How did you find this site?Google
Where are you from?Hindley, Wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yeah please
Do you have any comments?
Good website nice to see someone keepin dialect alive, before we all turn into jumped up BBC newsreaders like robots


December 16th 2002
06:18:27 PM
What is your name?Kevan Taylor
How did you find this site?Browsing
Where are you from?Born in Pagefield Street 1954, Adelaide Sth Aust since 1964
Do you have any comments?
Follow the fortunes (or mis.) of the League. Dad, James Allan Taylor keeps up with the 'latics, Building a model railway based on Wallgate. Couldn't believe so much info available.Trying to fit the Trencherfield Mill and the Pier in. Who scrubbed everything so clean ? Cheers


December 8th 2002
01:46:48 PM
What is your name?EDDIE howarth
How did you find this site?bi accidunt
Where are you from?ashton in makerfield, formerly heear ince,born thear in 1949
Do you have any comments?
yer askt fer eni memries,i con remember guin undert devils bridge t 3 sisturs pond,wi ewes't cotch pike n roach thee'r.
i'm goin back't fifties naw tha nows.
wi lived on Manchester road,oppozit thamburswood pub,wi a gradly tronsport caff next dower,i carn't remembur't name o't caff tho surry.i con remembur goin't Gorners cafe in't makerson arcade,wi't gradly smells o'pie n peese.


December 8th 2002
01:29:59 PM
What is your name?EDDIE
How did you find this site?bi accidunt
Where are you from?ashton in makerfield, formerly heear ince
Do you have any comments?
found yer site great it browt back sum gud memries


December 8th 2002
08:59:54 AM
What is your name?Margaret Hegan (formerly Dawson)
How did you find this site?browsing.
Where are you from?Stevenage, Herts
Do you have any comments?
I was born in Wallgate and then moved, in 1937 to "the new" council estate at Beech Hill. I went to Beech Hill Primary and the Girls High School. After leaving school I went to work at the Central Library. I am proud of my Lancastrian roots (notice not Gtr. Manchester)I like to visit as often as possible - I have been researching my family history for about 10 years. the main family names are Dawson, Beesley, Forshaw and Liptrot.


December 3rd 2002
10:59:41 AM
What is your name?chris
How did you find this site?search engine link
Where are you from?leyth
Do you have any comments?
ta! furra reet gradely site,won sayin tha dunt seemt ave is
' tha cun't cotch a pig in ginnell' not too sure o' spellin'
but ay's sure thall cotch me drift!


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December 3rd 2002
04:48:04 AM
What is your name?XPhile2868
Where are you from?Preston, Lancashire
Do you have any comments?
good site.
i've only really known one wigan person, my RE teacher in high school, Mrs Reynard.


November 21st 2002
02:59:48 PM
What is your name?Bob Talbot
How did you find this site?serendipity - I was looking for Uncle Joes Mint Balls!
Where are you from?Springfield (behind the old Latics) now in Scotland
Do you have any comments?
A reet gradely site Jeff. The poetry is very funny but behind it is a wealth of experience of what life was really like. Posh Visitors and Pickin Coal are now inscribed on the cannel coal lump I use for throwing at southerners on the telly. By the way, when did Wigan move out of Lancashire? Greater b***dy Manchester my a**e! I get to Wigan about a couple of times a year and each time now I get more lost. Bring back the red and white buses and hang a few councillors off lamp posts up Scholes.


November 18th 2002
10:16:16 AM
What is your name?JACK GREER
How did you find this site?IN ALDI WITH YOU JEFF
Where are you from?ASTLEY
Do you have any comments?
IT'S GOOD TO KNOW SOMEBODY FAMOUS AND TO SEE THEM ON THE SCREEN, GOOD FOR YOU JEFF,READING SOME OF THEM POEMS REMINDED ME OF WESTHOUGHTON,I'VE PRINTED SOME PHOTOGRAPHS FOR PAT TO SEE.
SEE YOU IN LIEGH SOMETIME

JACK & PAT


November 12th 2002
07:51:11 PM
What is your name?Jim Dahlman
How did you find this site?Through LQQK.co.uk, a Web site for Wiganers, which I found through a Web search
Where are you from?Now living in Tennessee, USA.
Do you have any comments?
I'm an American, but was the pastor of the Church of Christ in Victoria Road, Platt Bridge, during the 1980s. My wife and I have fond memories of our friends in and around Wigan, and both our daughters were born there. We hope to visit again soon. Thank you for this site. (I can't speak "Wigan" very well at all, but I do remember "translating" a conversation for a friend of ours who was visiting from her home in Kent.)


November 7th 2002
02:12:51 PM
What is your name?Janette
How did you find this site?I was browsing... I try to keep up with news from "home"
Where are you from?I am in South Australia - a professional educator / writer.
Do you have any comments?
Thank you for this site. I speak and use "oh-so-standard- English" now but I feel strongly about the need to preserve the colour and "real" quality of the Lancashire dialect. Somewhere I have a poem called "T'pigeon fancier"written by a relative of mine and given to me by my late Grandfather... I will just have to go and find it now....


November 7th 2002
04:33:02 AM
What is your name?Ric Euteneuer
How did you find this site?Websearch (google)
Where are you from?Chingford (now), Manchester (childhood), born in Germany
Do you have any comments?
My mum's family were all from Wigan, and her father lived in Platt Bridge - Liverpool Road/Syresham Street - Jack Meadows (My Grandad) and Edna Meadows (daughter, my mum), now both sadly passed on. Reading the poems certainly reminded me how this side of my family would talk between Jack and Bessie (my grandma) and fellow 'Wigonians' !


November 5th 2002
04:05:24 AM
What is your name?Connie
How did you find this site?just browsing
Where are you from?Wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
yesReally had an enjoyable visit
Do you have any comments?
i was looking for a poem I learned in school. All I can remember is the first line:-

' at number one i' Boughtons yard' Do you know it - Can you find it for me? (I'm now 80 years old)

Connie.


November 2nd 2002
06:53:18 AM
What is your name?Anne Maher nee McDermott(mothers name Rigby)
How did you find this site?Ex-Lancs Discussion site
Where are you from?Burnley
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no
Do you have any comments?
My mum was born in Wigan 1909 name of Cecelia Rigby. Her Dad, Thomas, was down the mines but then they moved to Burnley. I now live in Southport North Carolina, USA


October 31st 2002
12:32:55 PM
What is your name?Ken Simmons
How did you find this site?Thro the Coppull Web Site
Where are you from?Originally Scholefield Lane
Do you have any comments?
Just started reading your site and am downloading local dialect phrases and sayings to send to our friends in Kent. They will be requested to study and inwardly digest as questions will be asked when we meet up in MALTA IN June.
I will be revisiting the place of my birth.
Thank you


October 22nd 2002
02:58:28 PM
What is your name?Karen
How did you find this site?Typed in Wigan and found you
Where are you from?Bryn
Do you have any comments?
It's a great site we had the best laugh in a good while at the dialect poems,my favourite i think was Blast from the past or Mi Oney luv they really tickled me.Thanks Jeff and good luck.


October 22nd 2002
07:11:30 AM
What is your name?homerun_jake
Do you have any comments?I enjoy your singing. nice poetry. enjoyed your web site. thank you. homerun_jake.

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October 22nd 2002
07:09:00 AM
What is your name?Dotty F. (blue_velvet)
How did you find this site?Found this site from the owner.
Where are you from?Calgary, Canada
Do you have any comments?
Very entertaining. You are a multi talented man. Enjoyed this site very much. Thank you.


October 14th 2002
01:23:32 PM
What is your name?Barry Alder (yes that one)
How did you find this site?Link through Mokes Monologues.
Where are you from?Tyldesley, originaly now in South Wales.
Would you like me to add a link to your site
N/a
Do you have any comments?
I always knew you where talented Jeff. Nice to read proper Lanky, and it lets me keep in touch.


October 13th 2002
04:24:10 AM
What is your name?sheila
How did you find this site?looking for answer to a competition
Where are you from?haydock
Do you have any comments?
keep the dialect alive .I think it's really important


October 11th 2002
01:56:21 PM
What is your name?The voluntary web masters team
How did you find this site?My Hometown Award
Where are you from?Lowton (Wigan)
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Tes Please would you link one on ours ?
Do you have any comments?
(no comment)


October 11th 2002
04:56:04 AM
What is your name?erica martindale
How did you find this site?on a search
Where are you from?from wigan now living in runcornno
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no
Do you have any comments?
great site really enjoyed the local dialect phrases a lot of scousers reside in runcorn so miss the accent except when i go down to family glad someone is interested in keeping the dialect going


October 9th 2002
02:11:50 PM
What is your name?Mary Unsworth nee Winrow
How did you find this site?your daughter Julie introduced me to it
Where are you from?Born in Smiths Lane Hindley Green
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no
Do you have any comments?
What a Lovely Site. I Really liked the photos, especially the ones of your family. My own family come from the Platt Bridge and Ince area on my mothers side, their name was Jervis. My fathers side came from Stubshaw Cross, their name was Winrow. My Auntie, Annie Jones worked on the Pit Brow before she married my Uncle, Bert Dowding a local butcher in Platt Bridge, you might remember the shop. most of the men in my family worked in the local mines, My father Thomas Winrow was working at the Maypole possibly when you say your own father was there. Its a small world don't you think.
Thank you once more for the site, it's great. I will visit again now I know about it. Keep on writing, when I read the dialect verse it brings back memories of my grandma, she used to read dialect poems to us from the local paper.


September 29th 2002
02:34:59 PM
What is your name?Patricia van Vliet nee Johnson
How did you find this site?through search-machine Google
Where are you from?Wigan originally, now live in Zutphen, Netherlands (married to a Dutch man)
Do you have any comments?
Great site, a bit of nostalgia for me to read the old lingo, written in true form (I have lived in the Netherlands for 28 years). I come from a mining family and I was familiar with the old dialect which my dad and uncles spoke. When my Dutch husband was in their company the first time (he thought he could understand English at the time) he said "they could have sold me on the spot because I couldn't understand a word they were saying". My dad's name was Harry Johnson and was born in Whelley, he worked at Bold Colliery in St. Helens. Would like to hear from anyone who knew him.

 


September 22nd 2002
12:31:15 PM
What is your name?rosanne (cliff) collins
How did you find this site?just surfing
Where are you from?Wigan at first now Kendalville Indiana U.S.A
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no
Do you have any comments?
It's nice to know that the dialect I grew up with is being kept alive by someone. THANKS


September 20th 2002
08:55:45 AM
What is your name?Karen
How did you find this site?r Brian towd mi abert it
Where are you from?a wer dragged up i goose waz i wiggin
Do you have any comments?
wor a beltin site. Thowd mon 'as a bit uv a problem wi it burrees not frum reand ere


September 19th 2002
12:24:08 PM
What is your name?JIM LATHAM
How did you find this site?Mi mate, Matty font it. He's awreet mi mate Matty!
Do you have any comments?
(no comment)

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September 19th 2002
03:42:49 AM
What is your name?matt moore
How did you find this site?thru' cockney latic fanzine
Where are you from?springfield wigan
Do you have any comments?
beltin site keep it up me old mucker!


September 19th 2002
02:28:19 AM
What is your name?Syd
How did you find this site?Jeeves search
Where are you from?Atherton originally been in NZ nor for almost 36 years.
Would you like me to add a link to your site
No
Do you have any comments?
A great site I have added it to my favourites file for further viewing


September 17th 2002
10:20:50 AM
What is your name?Allan W Bennett
How did you find this site?Using the "Google" search engine
Where are you from?Shelby Township, Michigan (North of Detroit, USA)
Would you like me to add a link to your site
NO
Do you have any comments?
My parents were both born in Wigan in the late 1890s; Thomas Bennett (in Spring Bank) and Agnes Gerrard (in Brook Lane) and we have fond thoughts of this part of the UK. We visited Wigan in May-June 2001 and loved our visit. We are coming back next year. Thanks for a neat site.


September 16th 2002
04:38:39 PM
What is your name?Howard Phillips
How did you find this site?google..search on Wigan
Where are you from?Los Angeles, California, USA
Do you have any comments?
I was born in Manchester in 1943 and lived in Platt Bridge from 1949-1955. My dad used to own the local barbershop--Eddie Phillips. I went to St.Nathaniels church school. We later immigrated to Australia and finally the U.S.

I appreciated the old dialect. It brought back the old times when the whole area was based on a mining culture. Went back in the 70's and later the 90's..totally changed.
I have another dialect phrase for you. "A six leet arkenin-in set" (a six valve wireless set)


September 15th 2002
06:44:57 AM
What is your name?Phil
How did you find this site?www.lqqk.co.uk
Where are you from?Platt Bridge
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes Please
Do you have any comments?
Its A Great Site! The Wigan Accents Fading From Most Parts Especialy With Invading Scousers Etc Settling Here


September 11th 2002
07:50:59 PM
What is your name?Sherry
How did you find this site?Surfin' the web
Where are you from?Hopkins, SC
Would you like me to add a link to your site
No
Do you have any comments?
Great reading material for a college English class. Thanks for sharing and making my homework assignment easy.


September 6th 2002
11:45:51 AM
What is your name?anthony
How did you find this site?me mam towd mi bout it
Where are you from?wigan.mi mam wer born in tram st.
Do you have any comments?
bloody champion me owd cocker sparrer,be visitin agen ahl si thee later


September 6th 2002
11:32:04 AM
What is your name?anthony
How did you find this site?me mam towd mi bout it
Where are you from?wigan
Do you have any comments?
bloody champion me owd cocker sparrer,be visitin agen ahl si thee later


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August 14th 2002
12:21:51 AM
What is your name?Mike Dempsey
How did you find this site?Turned left at Coppull
Where are you from?Coppull
Would you like me to add a link to your site
you already did ....thanks !
Do you have any comments?
You have a lot of good stuff here and so much better without that bloody 'music'
Regards
Mike


August 11th 2002
05:36:22 PM
What is your name?Alice Mertton nee Winstanley
How did you find this site?surfing, came from banfurlong, interested in Wigan site, moved to Canada 1946
Where are you from?Victoria, BC, Canada
Do you have any comments?
Enjoyed very much. Brought back lots of memories. Still have family in the area.

Have you ever heard of a phrase that sounds like "senegrud'?

My mother often used it and I never knew what it meant. Phrase like "get going, are you senegrud?"


August 2nd 2002
09:35:56 PM
What is your name?Rose
How did you find this site?From Ex Lancs Discussion page link
Where are you from?UpHolland (Presently Iowa USA)
Do you have any comments?
It looks like its been a labour of love Jeff, you have put a lot of hard work into this project, keep up the good work.


August 2nd 2002
07:49:18 AM
What is your name?David
How did you find this site?Surfin
Where are you from?Wigan
Do you have any comments?
Keep it up owd lad


July 31st 2002
08:11:39 AM
What is your name?STU
How did you find this site?BROWSING
Where are you from?WIGAN
Would you like me to add a link to your site
DONT HAVE ONE
Do you have any comments?
POSH VISITORS/ THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT POEM


July 30th 2002
09:31:41 AM
What is your name?The Piemaster
How did you find this site?Search Engine
Where are you from?Wigan
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes
Do you have any comments?
Hi
just surfed on in


July 20th 2002
09:27:02 AM
What is your name?P
How did you find this site?from standish.org.uk i think
Where are you from?wiggin
Do you have any comments?
lovely site

 


July 16th 2002
09:58:09 PM
What is your name?derek platt
How did you find this site?Just browsing through the wigan sites
Where are you from?Wigin of course
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no
Do you have any comments?
I think I know you from somewhere. I have brothers named Roy and Neil and we had friends who lived in Platt Bridge they were Bill and Joe Tricket and they lived in skull house. Is it possible I met you through them?


July 15th 2002
10:38:50 AM
What is your name?Dixie
How did you find this site?By accident
Where are you from?Georgia
Would you like me to add a link to your site
TY but I don't have one.
Do you have any comments?
Cute poetry,but for me, too difficult to understand without the translation.

 


July 14th 2002
08:36:09 AM
What is your name?Millie
How did you find this site?Ex Lancs
Where are you from?Lancashire
Do you have any comments?
I like it. your poems are very funny.


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July 13th 2002
12:35:33 PM
What is your name?Emily Dawber - Our Meemo!
How did you find this site?Ar Jeff towd mi
Where are you from?Wigin
Would you like me to add a link to your site
I int geet'un one
Do you have any comments?
Ee Jeff thar a reet lickle tinker. A luvd it. Bruv


July 9th 2002
02:08:16 AM
What is your name?Lynne
How did you find this site?Google Search
Where are you from?Bristol
Do you have any comments?
Super site.Interesting poetry.


July 3rd 2002
08:04:40 AM
What is your name?Susan
How did you find this site?www.look.co.uk
Where are you from?Platt Bridge
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Don't av one
Do you have any comments?
Nice't'see sumdi can still speyk proper.


July 1st 2002
10:25:36 PM
What is your name?Amanda Wilkinson
How did you find this site?Howling Dog
Where are you from?Sydney.Aus
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Don't have one.Thanks
Do you have any comments?
I love your poems.I have not read all of them but I will visit again.


June 23rd 2002
08:02:41 AM
What is your name?Roger Gifford
How did you find this site?Lancashire Links
Where are you from?London ex- Lankysher!
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Ah've not gorritsettupyet
Do you have any comments?
Gradely owd Prater
Ah luved the Meyt poem
it were grand
Didst know ah actually found coweel in London!
Ah dont think b~~~rs round ere know worit is!

Tra!


June 22nd 2002
06:47:52 PM
What is your name?Maura
How did you find this site?Mike Grogan/ Ex-Lancs site
Where are you from?Salford,now USA
Do you have any comments?
Good site,but had trouble wi some of pages of Powtree...they wur all runnin' together like...words I mean. Mebbe print was still wet. I shall take another gander,later on like. Ta very much.


June 22nd 2002
08:30:32 AM
What is your name?Jose
How did you find this site?From the Ex-Lancs site.
Where are you from?Indiana
Do you have any comments?

Grand! I've been enjoying your poems very much. Ta!


June 18th 2002
04:29:37 PM
What is your name?DENNIS DICKINSON (alias Lord Dickinson of Wigan) lol
How did you find this site?Ex-Lancs page
Where are you from?New Zealand via UpHolland
Do you have any comments?
A very good page - it brings back lots of happy memories.


June 16th 2002
09:11:22 AM
What is your name?Steve Bradburn
How did you find this site?Jeff told me to have a look!
Where are you from?Standish (the posh end of Wigan!)
Would you like me to add a link to your site
I think you already have!
Do you have any comments?
Nice to see another reet good Wigan website.Steve


June 16th 2002
04:42:26 AM
What is your name?Anne Maher nee McDermott(mothers name Rigby)
How did you find this site?Lancashire Ex Discussion
Where are you from?Burnley
Would you like me to add a link to your site
no
Do you have any comments?
Me mam was born in Wigan. She used to say on Wigan Pier.


May 30th 2002
09:08:56 PM
What is your name?Mikey Fin
How did you find this site?Surfin
Where are you from?A greadly place not wigin
Do you have any comments?
Nora bad seet but hoo wan ts fot bee a wigginer when thes a far better place 5 miles uproad Keep it up

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May 29th 2002
04:11:45 PM
What is your name?KEN
How did you find this site?browsin fer dialect stuff
Do you have any comments?
glad sumd,y else talks proper queens english keep it up


May 15th 2002
12:34:13 PM
What is your name?fred
How did you find this site?your karen sent it
Where are you from?skelmersdale/ (bolton)
Would you like me to add a link to your site
n/a
Do you have any comments?
good for a wiganer


May 13th 2002
02:53:30 PM
What is your name?Randy
How did you find this site?Er indoors told me
Where are you from?SKEM - allright !! Ay, did you spill my pint?
Do you have any comments?
Ar, ay, come 'ed, calm down, calm down, what's all this woolly back stuff like?

Karen read out the new poem and we had a little chuckle...

Good site


May 12th 2002
03:57:23 PM
What is your name?Stan Brown
How did you find this site?Just surfin' aroun'
Where are you from?Oldham
Would you like me to add a link to your site
If yer don't mind
Do you have any comments?
Some great stuff on there Jef lad, it's good t' see someone keepin' the old tradition alive. Keep up the good work.

Stan


May 10th 2002
11:37:46 AM
What is your name?Brian
How did you find this site?Recommended
Where are you from?Wigan
Do you have any comments?
Jeff,
Great peoms and dialect, keep up the good work.
Thanks for the link.
Brian.


May 10th 2002
03:02:31 AM
What is your name?YORAYMUND
How did you find this site?a wuz walkin tote wifes muthers un a seed it
Where are you from?a don't know, am whistlin'
Would you like me to add a link to your site
tha awreddy as
Do you have any comments?
a cawt bi bothert


May 10th 2002
02:32:48 AM
What is your name?KEITH MOORE
How did you find this site?AHH FONT IT LOOKIN UT SUMMOT ELSE
Where are you from?WIGGIN--NEER TUT CUT AT BEECH HILL
Do you have any comments?
GOODUN--AL SITHI SOON


May 8th 2002
04:30:34 AM
What is your name?Karen
How did you find this site?via Google this time
Do you have any comments?
Checking it out again - found you straight away via Google - brill!


May 6th 2002
07:55:22 AM
What is your name?John Williams
How did you find this site?detailed instructions from the Author
Where are you from?Bent
Do you have any comments?
Very good site....you must have way too much time on your hands "old man"


May 3rd 2002
12:50:16 PM
What is your name?J. Curran
How did you find this site?Heard it on the grapevine
Where are you from?Round the corner
Do you have any comments?
Excellent site, my dad talks just like that.
I shall definately be back.
Way to go 'DAD'

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May 3rd 2002
05:30:38 AM
What is your name?paul grant
How did you find this site?a friend of pat
Where are you from?Hulme originally
Do you have any comments?
Grand site owd son. I have a very old book of traditional lancashire dialect poetry and song. printed about 1865 if I remember right. are you interested for me to send you copies of some of the verse by e-mail


April 30th 2002
12:06:14 PM
What is your name?Daryl Jones
How did you find this site?jeff told me
Where are you from?Bent
Do you have any comments?
Great jeff thanks very much love Daryl jones


April 25th 2002
11:41:07 AM
What is your name?Sandra Guest
How did you find this site?Followed the links
Where are you from?Ashton
Do you have any comments?
I particularly liked the one Gradely Meyt, it brought back a lot of memories.


April 22nd 2002
06:56:40 AM
What is your name?Richard Viles
How did you find this site?Followed a link from Gerry's site
Where are you from?Brisbane, Australia
Would you like me to add a link to your site
If you like. There's lots of pics.
Do you have any comments?
I'll be visiting England and staying in Lancashire in 2 months time (June 2002). Your website has given me a head start in learning how to talk proper while I'm there, - a bit hard for an Aussie but I'll do me best.


April 9th 2002
12:36:09 AM
What is your name?Bill Welsey
How did you find this site?Came upon it via a link
Where are you from?Dunstable
Do you have any comments?
Thankyou for such an entertaining page.
I'm from the Marsh Green area originally.


March 19th 2002
02:05:31 PM
What is your name?gary
How did you find this site?sheila verse and worse
Where are you from?hindley
Would you like me to add a link to your site
birthplace of the gods, webspawner
Do you have any comments?
hi jeff, good stuff but not how i like to write. i could never figure out how you spell, say, brown, the way we say it. would it be brane or brain? i dont know. so i stick to plain english, except when with those i live among, those i was born with, those i have conflict with, in other words, when i am speaking to folk at home. then i am as broad as any.gary.


March 19th 2002
12:11:40 PM
What is your name?Sheila
How did you find this site?Tha lerruz know abeyt it, an ahm glad tha did...
Where are you from?Deawnt t'road frum thee. Hindley!
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Tharrud bi grand. Ta very much.
Do you have any comments?
Grand site Jeff, great poems, funny and in dialect.
Neaw, that's hard t'do tha knows... Ah wants thi t'know ah'll bi 'avin' a reg'lar sken,too.


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March 18th 2002
04:35:43 AM
What is your name?Karen
How did you find this site?mi Dad told me too
Where are you from?Basingstoke (but a northerner really)
Do you have any comments?
Finally able to leave a message. Good site.


March 12th 2002
11:34:46 AM
What is your name?Gerry Madsley
How did you find this site?Jeff Towd Mi
Where are you from?Higher Hince (the thatched Quarter)
Would you like me to add a link to your site
Yes Pleas
Do you have any comments?
Tha asked mi for a link,
us tha cud see frum wom
so ah've bin un gon un dunnit,
from Gerry g4mby.com


March 12th 2002
10:05:05 AM
What is your name?Bethany
How did you find this site?Grandad
Where are you from?Hindley Green
Do you have any comments?
Good one grandad


March 12th 2002
12:19:23 AM
What is your name?Walter
How did you find this site?Someone told me about it
Where are you from?Aspull
Do you have any comments?
I thought the site very comical, keep it up


March 10th 2002
06:57:20 AM
What is your name?Julie Curran
How did you find this site?Mi Dad towd mi
Where are you from?Wheers think...Wiggin
Do you have any comments?
Crack'in site,Aah ad a reet good laff.


March 10th 2002
04:13:08 AM
What is your name?Margret Dixon
How did you find this site?Browsing
Where are you from?Lancashire
Do you have any comments?
Good site.Good poems.


February 13th 2002
11:22:31 AM
What is your name?
Brad & Dave at Bravenet


 

 

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