BIRMINGHAM has taken the title of Britain’s most amusing city for the 10th year running.
Challenges from Derby and Cardiff were seen off easily by the West Midlands laughing stock, with Stoke-on-Trent losing out because judges found it was not funny if you actually live there.
Awards chairman Tom Logan said: “The combination of the accent, the architecture, Aston Villa and just that general air of sheer lolloping haplessness that shrouds the city means that Birmingham is unbeatable at the moment.
“Just try telling people it’s got more miles of canal than Venice and watch them crease up.”
Logan was keen to stress that the award should not be misconstrued as a suggestion that the inhabitants of Birmingham are gifted comedians.
He said: “Nothing makes a city less funny than everyone thinking they’re hilarious. My God, look at Liverpool.
“No, this is very much not laughing with Birmingham but laughing at Birmingham.”