Lancashire Day Lingo


EY up cocker, have you watched the reet good lesson in how to speak Lancashire?

In celebration of Lancashire Day (November 27), the organisers of a charity prize draw to win a £250,000 home in Feniscowles, Blackburn, Lancashire, have put together a tongue-in-cheek guide to the local lingo.

The new-build home was donated by Preston -based Kingswood Homes, to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley – with 100% of ticket sales going to help children with life-limiting illnesses from across the North West in The Great Big House Giveaway.

Paul Jones, managing director of Kingswood Homes, said: “The words and phrases people use and the way they pronounce them are often the biggest clue about where someone is from or where they live. Whether you’re Lancashire born and bred, have adopted the county as your home or are thinking of moving here, the lesson in Lancashire video is sure to raise a smile and hopefully money for our adopted charity Derian House through ticket sales in the Great Big House Giveaway.”

Caroline Taylor, Head of Income, Marketing and Communications for Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We think Lancashire has it all – beautiful countryside, great jobs, wonderful food, and best of all, friendly people who always have the time to stop for a chat. We wanted to make sure whoever wins this beautiful home can fit right in so created this handy guide to the local dialect!

“Tickets to the prize draw cost from £5 and having to raise £5million every single year to keep our hospice open means we’re grateful for every single ticket bought.”

The house available to win is a three-bedroom detached three-bedroom Byre 3 style property at the multi-award-winning* Green Hills development.

Currently under construction, it will feature a generous kitchen, dining and family room, with integrated top brand appliances, extending the length of the property, a separate lounge, a WC / utility room and two sets of patio doors offering direct access to the garden. Upstairs, there’s an impressive main bedroom with en-suite, an additional double bedroom, family bathroom and a further generously sized single bedroom.

There will be a guaranteed winner of the prize draw, to be announced at a glittering gala ball in September 2022.

Tickets start from just £5 for 6 entries. The more tickets bought, the better value, with £100 buying 250 entries. To buy tickets visit

Ten phrases you’ll only know if you’re from Lancashire

  1. Ey up cocker – salutation commonly used to greet friends and family members.
  2. Ow do? – how are you?
  3. It’s crackin’ flags – it’s very hot outside.
  4. I were reet chuffed – a way of describing how pleased you were.
  5. I’m cowd – I’m rather chilly.
  6. Ah, be reet – don’t worry, it will be fine.
  7. I’m sweatin’ cobs – I’m too hot.
  8. Mek us a brew – a kind invitation to make a cup of tea or coffee.
  9. Chippy tea – An evening meal consisting of chips. Usually also includes a pie and gravy.
  10. Ta-rah – a special Lancashire way of saying goodbye.





* Construction at Green Hills is being overseen by Daniel Cato, winner of the coveted Seal of Excellence in the NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards, who was named the North West regional winner in the “small builder” category of the awards. The Dovecote 4 show home at the development recently scooped five stars in the residential property category UK Property Awards. The property is also shortlisted in the Housebuilder Awards, taking place on November 24, while the development is a finalist in the Northern Design Awards, being held on November 26.

Derian House Children’s Hospice is based in Chorley, Lancashire. It offers respite and end-of-life care to more than 450 babies, children and their families, helping them to make the most of the precious time they have together.

For more information please contact Head of Income, Marketing and Communications Caroline Taylor on or call 01257 233 300 ext. 249 or mobile 07968 730738.