Youngian wrote: ↑Sun May 09, 2021 4:03 pmI lament the loss of regional dialects to the ugly and glottal "Estuary English". Peterborough's "New Town" status hastened its accent's demise with the influx of Londoners.No, not back then... an incredibly thick Fenland dialect. Where I came from was closer to Peterborough (it did have an accent, now lost) in its sound, but still very different. Once upon a time I could tell Ely from the rest: Cambridge still has an accent.
The Peterborough accent used to be very consistent with its geography; Fenland with a bit of East Midlands. Can’t say the decline of regional accents has dominated my list of wrongs to be righted.
It is however, perhaps better suited to a thread of its own.