Aged 36 | Born 1978
About the Speaker
"I'm from County Durham, hailing from a family of coal miners and my accent can be described as 'Pit Yacker'. My accent is often confused with Geordie and Mackem but is most definitely neither of them … my accent actually for your information is virtually identical to the one that should be used for Billy Elliot, cos he’s from Easington, East Durham which is where I’m from …"
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
About County Durham
County Durham has a mixture of mining and farming heritage, as well as a heavy railway industry, particularly in the southeast of the county in Darlington, Shildon and Stockton. Its economy was historically based on coal mining, iron mining and ship-building. The culture of coal mining found expression in the Durham Miners’ Gala, first held in 1871, and developed around the culture of trade unionism.
The UK miners’ strike of 1984/5 caused many miners across the county to strike, as captured in the film Billy Elliot. Today no deep-coal mines exist in the county, and the ship-building undertaken at Sunderland, which became the largest shipbuilding town in the world, finally ended in 1988.
The city of Durham sits on the River Wear, to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne.