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The Richardson family.
The Richardson family

Meet the Richardson family from Dungeness. There are so many of them living in Battery Road by the side of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway that locally its known as Richardson Road.

Head of the family William, and Uncle Pat, have fished all their lives and sons Mark and Stuart have followed on the tradition. All have served their time on the local lifeboat as well.

Their lives revolve around fishing and the weather. They admit that when the forecast comes on, silence falls in the house and even the children know to pay attention.

They have local words to describe local conditions and use boating terms in their everyday language such as describing the bonnet of a car as the bow and something which is wide as being "beamy".

This is one weather forecast from William and the rest of the family, which you would not hear from Michael Fish!

audio.A Richardson weather forecast

It is said to be our nation's favourite topic so do you have words to describe the local weather?

What word do you use for light rain? Is it "drizzle" or maybe "shower"? What word do you use for heavy rain? Is it "chucking it down" or maybe "pouring"? Let us know the words you would use.

Do you live on the Marsh or along the coast and have phrases like William, which describe local conditions? We would love to hear them.

Stuart Richardson. LISTEN TO STUART EXPLAIN THE WORD "GURTING"
audio.CLICK HERE
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You'll be able to hear more from the family over the coming weeks and months...

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