National Dialect Festival, Blackpool, 2018


The National Dialect Festival was held this year in The Savoy Hotel, Blackpool with visitors from as far afield as Northumberland and Cornwall! It is an informal annual gathering of dialect enthusiasts and will return to Blackpool one more time in 2019 then – off around the country again. More details will appear on my calendar and Dialect Day pages in due course.

Cracks from a Cobbler’s Seat



Written in the 1870’s by Robert Rowe, a cobbler from Chorley and set in Euxton and the surrounding area, “Cracks from a Cobbler’s Seat” are now 130 years old.

First published on 29th December 1887 by John Arkwright of the Olde Book Shoppe, Lune St, Preston and advertised in the Lancashire Evening Post for sixpence as “humorous tales in the Lancashire Dialect”, Cracks proved hugely popular, running to eight editions between 1887 and 1925.

 To celebrate this anniversary Lancashire dialect expert and Euxton resident Sid Calderbank has reprinted the book and recorded all eight tales and will be giving readings at three local venues:

Friday 29th December 2017,  2.00pm – 4.00pm at St Mary’s Social Centre, Wigan Rd, Euxton. PR7 6JW. Admission £3.00 (On the 130th anniversary of the book’s publication and on the site of the old Red Lion pub, where many of the tales are set)

 Saturday 13th January 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Brinscall Methodist Church, Parke Rd, Brinscall. PR6 8PU. Admission by donation. (In the village where the author, Robert Rowe, was born in 1832). 

Monday 5th February 2018  7.30pm – 9.30pm as guests of Leyland Historical Society at Leyland Civic Suite, West Paddock, Leyland PR25 1DH. (Several tales end up in Leyland after walking over the fields from Euxton!)

 Chorley Silver Band will be in attendance to add an authentic Victorian atmosphere and the book and double CD recording will be on sale at all of these venues. 

The Book and CD are £10 each or £15 for both

More information is available from Sid at or 07778933879

Another TV appearance!

These are links to the Youtube pages for Talk Lancashire, a local TV service for the Preston area and a little interview I had some time ago with Noemi De Luca. She said I can keep these. Cheers!




National Dialect Day at Rydal Hall, Cumbria

This is a link to an article that appeared in the Independent in November 2014.

It is a very well written article about that year’s National Dialect Day which took place at Rydal Hall and was organised by the Lakeland Society. There were originally some photographs and videos of performers in the article which seem to have been withdrawn.