Market Rasen and Welton libraries played host to hordes of local folk as they marked Lincolnshire Day.
Scores of pupils from Market Rasen and St Mary’s Welton Primary Schools went along too to listen to Lincolnshire dialect expert Loretta Rivett, who had her audience spellbound by her accent and use of the Lincolnshire language.
And the chuckles and giggles could be heard throughout the libraries as Loretta taught the children to count to ten and to use traditional phrases and words.
“It is important to teach people about the Lincolnshire language,” said Loretta.
“I don’t think anything can be done to get people to speak it any more, but it is important to record folk who speak the dialect.
“It is just as important to the county as its architecture.”
After hearing Loretta tell the tale of The Farmer and the Boggart, the children made Lincolnshire Flags and also learned about its history and origins.
Library staff were also on hand to promote the www.lincsmemories.org website and, at Market Rasen, members of the Rase Heritage Society had mounted a display.
And to round the day off, there was the chance to sample a real taste of Lincolnshire, with local produce donated by Chambers Cafe at Gainsborough Old Hall, The Willows at Glentham, Starbucks Bakery, Cote Hill Cheese, Greens of Lincolnshire and Welton Co-op.
“It has been a fantastic day at both venues, celebrating how wonderful our county is,” said Karen Waring, site co-ordinator.