Millennium Library Norfolk dialect event is a hit

Norwich people have shown 'tremendous support' to a Millennium Library event to capture the essence of Norfolk dialect.

The Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices campaign, launched by the British Library, has proved to be a hit with locals who had their Norfolk accents captured by reading the Mr Men book, Mr Tickle, in recording booths.

And the event continued to draw crowds on Saturday January 22 as the Sheringham Shanty Men played a free concert of traditional Norfolk songs and the Friends of Norfolk Dialect (FOND) provided an insight into Norfolk speech with an informative stand and speakers.

Sarah Salmon, duty manager and activities co-ordinator a the library, said: 'The event has had tremendous support from people visiting the library. Every time I walk past there is someone recording in the booth or watching the films. We had 60 children come in from Avenue Junior school this week and Lakenham school are visiting next week.'

The booths have been at the express area of the library since January 18 as well as an audio-visual presentation in the Fusion room celebrating the English language and Norfolk dialect.

Norman Hart, chairman and education officer of FOND, said: 'When it comes to our ancient buildings people want to protect them, but there are other aspects of our heritage that we do not. We are trying to teach people that our Norfolk dialect is as much a part of our heritage as the Norwich castle or the cathedral.'

Events celebrating Norfolk speech continue in the library until Tuesday January 25 when sound archivist Jonathan Draper will give a free talk about the work of the Norfolk Sound Archive from 1-2pm in the training room at the library.

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