Update.
The next Lakeland Dialect Society meeting has changed its date to Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Newbiggin Village Hall, off the A66 near Penrith.

We'll be enjoying a members' day and dialect competition from 12.30pm.

See the poster opposite, or call 016973 71710 for more details. All are welcome.
 

Update

The date of the Silloth Rotary Club Cumbrian Dialect Competition has been changed. It is now planned to take place on:
Saturday, November 6, 2021

at 2pm

in Christ Church, Criffell St, Silloth CA7 4DA

 

For more information call 016973 31246 or

email; twbarker2@gmail.com 

80 years of celebrating the dialect of Lakeland

The National Dialect Festival has been postponed once again and will now be held in Cumbria during the weekend of October 14 - 16, 2022 when we'll be welcoming dialect society friends from around the country to our county for the usual competitions, lectures and debate about the importance of dialect. Join us if you can - call us or check back here for details as they are confirmed. 

GIT ALANG FER SUM GRAND MAK  O TAWK (Come and join us for some entertaining talk)

  

GIT ALANG FER SUM GRAND MAK  O TAWK (Come and join us for some entertaining discourse)

  

What is the Lakeland Dialect Society?

 

I'll tell the'

We're nut stuck up er prood i't mooth 

Fer t'main on us was bred in't fells,

We're nobbut wiet, yammly, fwoak

Off t'seeam switch as yersels.

 

An' like yersels, we clag tight tull

0't bits o'country ways an' looar;

We like ta hod a crack aboot

T'auld dale-fwoak' at hev gone afooar.

 

Mi fadder, (an' nea doot he's reet),

Sez t's main o't' fell fwoak er o't seame

They "Hawk tagidder" on a drag,

Till Foxy's brush is hung on t'beame.

 

He sez 'at t' interest (like t' auld Fox)

Is rousan 'noo fer thee an' me,

Soo join, yersels, an git yer kin

Ta join oor own Society.

 

From The Works of Lance Porter - Lakeland Treasury

Compiled and edited by Ted Relph and Published by the Society

​Formed in 1939, the Lakeland Dialect Society came about out of a series of "Merry Neets" - entertaining get-togethers which would see town and country folk talk, sing and recite poetry in the dialect of the lakeland region of Cumberland, Westmorland and the Furness district of Lancashire, now all in the modern county of Cumbria in the English Lake District. 

The first Lakeland Dialect Society committee met at Tullie House museum and art gallery in Carlisle on June 10.

Members agreed that the aims of the society would be to preserve and celebrate the ancient speech of the region.

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