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About this interview
Male voice choir members Flint Male Voice Choir members talk about being proud of their accents - and hearing a tape of themselves - in one of their homes.

Interviewees:
David Lloyd-Jones, John Derek Bevan, Lawrence (Nic) Davies, Vernon Roberts,

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Relationship of interviewees: Members of the Flint Male Voice Choir

Where: Flint, Flintshire

Language of interview: English
About this interview
Voice clip 1
The interviewees recall their horror on hearing their voices and accents on a tape recorder.



Voice clip 2
Living abroad does not always mean that you will lose your Welsh accent, say this group who also talk about accent and whether they are proud of the way they speak. "T'in siarad Cymraeg?" means, "Do you speak Welsh?"



More clips from this interview

John Derek Bevan
John remembers inadvertently listening to his own voice on tape - and being surprised how he sounded.

Vernon Roberts, Retired police sergeant
Vernon tells a couple of brilliant stories about hiraeth - longing for Wales, when you're away - and the feelings that come over you when you hear a voice from home.
Interview's notes

Long description of interview: All the speakers are long standing members of the Flint Male Voice Choir. The interview took place in Vernon Robert's house in Flint and the interview took off immediately on the question of hearing one's voice for the first time. They also became animated on the topics of swearing, nicknames and the range of accents from village to village. David Lloyd Jones is a retired police officer from Buckley, and lives in Chester. Vernon Roberts is an ex-police sergeant who now works in Social Services. He is aged 61, born in Porthmadog and lives in Flint. Lawrence Davies was a mill worker in the steel plant, and was born and lives in Bagillt. John Bevan worked in the family firm, a well-known hardware firm. He has eight brothers and one sister and lives in Flint. He is 74.

Recorded by: Anita Morgan, Radio Wales

Date of interview: 2005/01/09

   

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