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Car crash man gets his bostin' Black Country accent back

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A man who lost the ability to talk in a car crash has been given his Black Country accent back thanks to a regional voice computer.

Jack Smith, originally from Wolverhampton, had been using the standard generated voice, which he said sounded "posh and boring".

But the 21-year-old said he now sounded like the rest of his family.

The football fan is set to announce the teams in his new accent when Wolves take on Cardiff at Molineux on 2 March.

Image caption Jack said National Star college helped his dream come true

Jack, who lost the ability to talk when he was injured in a crash at the age of seven, was aided by BBC's The One Show, which helped him find Jack McBride, who recorded hundreds of phrases in his Black Country accent.

His college National Star, a specialist institute for young people with complex disabilities at Ullenwood, near Cheltenham, wants to set up a national voice bank and raise funds to help pay for the recording so that more students can have their own voice.

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Mr Smith, from Woodseaves, Stafford, said: "All my family are from the Black Country and now I sound just like them."

His mum Jo added: "It gives him his own unique identity rather than talking like a computer.

"We can't thank everyone enough for giving Jack this opportunity."

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