Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:46
Fred Dibnah is from Bolton and there's a world of difference between there and Cheshire where some people have a Liverpool twang, others a Manchester twang and some a Cheshire accent while others are as posh as Sloanes.
I learned my English in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and have Geordie grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc we visited regularly when I was growing up so have a mutable English accent and now I speak a lot of French but I can't roll an R to save my life in either language or when I try my Flemish which is more guttural than Dutch but fundamentally the same language. I know French speakers here who think Flemish is an affliction of the throat.
Lots of Flemish/Dutch/Danish influence in Geordie speak. I have been here 25 years and still can't pronounce the French for frog comme il faut. Possum has me in stitches when she tries my northern expressions - eg Put wood in thole - because she speaks a mixture of BBC and Disney English.