VIDEO: Sheffielders take on the Yorkshire phrases challenge

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  • by Imthiaz Rehman

Proud Sheffielders have revealed why they love God’s own county as the region unites to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Friday.

A friendly smile, local shopping, green countryside and the football are the top attractions of the largest county, according to city folk we spoke to during a special Yorkshire phrases challenge.

“I’m just glad to be born in Yorkshire,” said 71-year-old Jack Fothergill, of Hackenthorpe, who was browsing in the Moor Market and tackled sentences such as ‘I ant gorrit a tell thi’.

He added: “I’m born and bred in Yorkshire but I still like to see other parts of Britain.”

For 80-year-old Eddie Parker, of Wincobank, the beautiful game was the most beautiful thing about Yorkshire.

The former lorry driver and steelworker loves the Blades so much he went to see them play in a charity match against Turkish team Fenerbahçe last night.

But Sgt Joanne Connerly, from Manor Park, was one of many who said it was all down to the people.

The 46-year-old Army recruiter, who is based in the Moor Market, added: “People are so friendly. Being in the Moor Market is so brilliant.

“When you’re in trouble people always help you out.

“When I moved to Sheffield from Doncaster in 1989, they told me I was posh!”

Lance Corporal Timothy Storr, who is originally from Sri Lanka and lived around the world before settling in Chesterfield, added: “The people of Yorkshire are the friendliest people you will ever meet.”

Sheffield’s strong identity as the Steel City – and its ales – were also highlighted.

Trader Sean Clarke, who owns the Beer Central stall in the market and lives in Wath-upon-Dearne, said: “I like that Yorkshire has a very strong identity. It’s known the world over.

“I also like its outstanding breweries and beers.”

Shop assistant Chelsea Pilkington, 18, from Beighton, said she loved looking for ‘a bit of everything’ in Yorkshire’s largest shopping centre, Meadowhall.

Thousands of students end up staying in Sheffield after their time at university – and Michael Walsh knows why.

The 47-year-old, who crossed the border from Manchester and now lives in Meersbrook, said: “I lived in Sheffield during my student years and my wife is from Sheffield.

“I love the landscape here – green rolling hills, the moors and their proximity to Sheffield.

“I think it’s the best city in the world. It has got everything a city should have and it has a village feel to it.”

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