Proud to be a Yeller-belly

Loretta Rivett. EMN-140923-123901001
Loretta Rivett. EMN-140923-123901001

It may frit Frim Foak or even give them a meagrim but Linkisheere’s traditional dialect is more than just chitter n’ jabber - it’s proud heritage.

And what better way to celebrate it than at local libraries for Lincolnshire Day?

Lincolnshire dialect speaker Loretta Rivett will entertain at Gainsborough and Louth libraries with Lincolnshire folktales and the area’s traditional dialect.

The born-and-bred Yellowbelly will be telling local folktales and poems, as well as explaining the origins of Lincolnshire words, some of which date back to the 14th century.

“I was brought up in North Kelsey speaking a broad Lincolnshire dialect spoken by everyone in the village,” said Loretta. “This was my first language and it was only really when I attended a school away from the village that I learned another form of English.”

The events are being held as part of Lincolnshire Day celebrations. Held annually on 1 October and now in its eighth year, the day aims to encourage local people to embrace local traditions, past and culture.

‘Proud to be a Yellowbelly’ takes place in Louth Library at 2pm on Tuesday September 30 and in Gainsborough Library at 11am on Wednesday, October 1.

Tickets cost £1 at Louth and £2 at Gainsborough, including light refreshments.

Bookings must be made in advance at the libraries’ reception desks.