Yorkshireman urged to find additional topic of conversation

FRIENDS of a man from Yorkshire have begged him to find at least one other subject to talk about, it has emerged.

Tom Booker’s acquaintances were forced to say something to stop him droning on about the county’s rich heritage, “honest folk” and not-particularly-interesting dialect.

Booker said: “I was telling my friend Nikki about how it’s a better, simpler way of life in the Dales and suddenly she said, ‘Tom, could you talk about something not-Yorkshire for once?’

“Apparently my friends aren’t interested in Yorkshire’s no-nonsense people, Viking history and me constantly pointing out which celebrities are from there. I were gobsmacked, I can tell tha.

“She suggested politics and films, but said anything would make a welcome change, even coin collecting or horrible diseases.

“I’ll try broadening my interests but it’ll be hard because I’ve been raised to believe anything not to do with Yorkshire is pretentious and effeminate.”

Friend Nikki Hollis said: “I had to say something because I couldn’t face another conversation about petty local rivalries with Lancashire or pointless words like ‘ginnel’.

“I thought we were getting somewhere when we had a chat about recipes but Tom couldn’t resist telling me TV chef James Martin is from Yorkshire as if that’s somehow good.”