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Company claims Bangor is ‘third most British city in the UK’ – because it has lots of chip shops and pubs

11 May 2022 2 minutes Read
Bangor. Picture by Andrew Woodvine (CC BY-SA 2.0).

A company has claimed that Bangor is the third most ‘British’ city in the UK – because it has a lot of chip shops and pubs.

London-based handbags company Vendula said they had made the claim based on “typically British factors”, in order to note the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

They created a ranking of the UK’s most British cities based on how many pubs and chip shops there are per 100,000 people, how close the city is to the national average in terms of rainfall, and how many National Trust sites there are in the county.

Bangor was ranked third on account of having 126 pubs and 295 chip shops per 100,000 people, 155.1 average days of rainfall in a year and nine national trust sites in the county. Truro and Newcastle Upon Tyne were ranked first and second.

The company did not factor in some of the less typically ‘British’ elements associated with Bangor, which lies in a majority Welsh-speaking area controlled on all tiers of representative government by the Welsh independence-supporting Plaid Cymru. A poll in 2019 found it to be the constituency least supportive of the Royal Family in Wales, and the 43rd least supportive in the UK as a whole.

A spokesperson for Vendula said: “The Queen’s platinum jubilee is the perfect time for us all to celebrate our British identities and be genuinely proud of the country we live in and the values we all hold so dearly.

“From getting fish and chips on a Friday night to visiting some of our local National Trust sites, these are the things that make us Brits who we are and set us apart from the rest of the world.

“Whether you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, we can all celebrate this extra special occasion together in our unique ways.”


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
9 days ago

The English are so ignorant it hurts. Imagine basing made up ” Britishness” on pubs, like pubs only exist in their country. Idiots.

Cynan
Cynan
9 days ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

By that ranking, Cork is probably the most British town of all. Perhaps these oafs should go there and try and tell them that

CJPh
CJPh
9 days ago
Reply to  Cynan

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has a tone of fish and chip restaurants and pubs. I can hear “Jerusalem” playing now…

Cynan
Cynan
9 days ago

You go to Bangor and try and find a single Union Jack. I’ve spent a bit of time in Gwynedd recently and apart from on National Front Trust properties you will never see the Butcher’s Apron. Cross of Dewi Sant, Standard of Owain Glyndwr, Y Ddraig Goch absolutely. Loads of them. But none / barely any of the multicoloured sphincter.
Bangor is definitely Welsh not British

Last edited 9 days ago by Cynan
Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 days ago

Sglodion?!

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
9 days ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

I immediately thought; A Handbag ?! – YouTube

Argol fawr!
Argol fawr!
9 days ago

Pretty much the kind of drivel one can expect when a handbag company tries its hand at meaningful statistics. Has parallels to Boris’ administration running England’s government… to all the devolved nations worst luck.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
9 days ago

Let’s forget that Bangor has a beautiful Cathedral that’s dedicated to the 6th century Welsh Saint Deiniol. And that Bangor has one of the oldest, if not the oldest, diocese in Britain. But hey, let’s overlook that cultural gem. No, it’s got load of pubs & chip shops.

Last edited 9 days ago by Y Cymro
Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
9 days ago

Thanks Vendula. I will celebrate this occasion in my own (hardly unique) way which is not at all. I was asked by someone how I was going to celebrate the Golden Jubillee. The short silence I left provided the answer but it’s the brass necked presumption that it is mandatory to celebrate and if you don’t, you must be a bad person. I haven’t been to Bangor for years but I can hardly imagine it’s gone all ‘British’.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
9 days ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

Oh dear! How out of touch can some of these Marketers get. Surely any decent researcher would have done a scan of the literature to identify what factors tend to be associated with the concept of Britishness. In my youth things like respect for the rule of law, fairness, generosity, inventiveness, support for the under-dog and a sense of humour were all thought to be typical of the ‘average’ British person. Those, of course, are all personal attributes, not physical features. Did the handbag company seek out people and investigate such attributes? No chance. The other question is whether they… Read more »

Last edited 9 days ago by Peter Cuthbert
The Original Mark
The Original Mark
9 days ago

Let them know how you feel directly, I have. support@vendulalondon.com

Meic Pattison, Bangor
Meic Pattison, Bangor
9 days ago

Rwtsh llwyr. Sothach.

Bangor yw’r ddinas Gymreiciach yn y byd, gyda chyngor dinesig dan reolaeth Plaid Cymru.

Mwya Prydeinig? Don’t think so!

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
9 days ago

They obviously have never been to Bangor then if they think that.

Bangor is a very patriotic Welsh city. I certainly would not name it as very ‘British’.

Last edited 9 days ago by Mr Williams
Cofid
Cofid
8 days ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

Unless of course they were referring to the Ancient Britain of the Brythoniaid, the original Britons. I Think not. That would be beyond them

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
8 days ago

Hmmm How am I going to celebrate it? I’m not. There is more chance of me jumping off a cliff.

Fred y Cernywion
Fred y Cernywion
8 days ago

Of course Bangor and Truro are British, but Newcastle is definitely not, it’s English. The sooner England remembers that it’s not British, tye better.

Cofid
Cofid
8 days ago

They could usefully be reminded how extensive were those parts of old Britain that could be called Cymru, where Cymraeg was spoken as far away as Strathclyde (Ystrad Clud).

Jon
Jon
8 days ago

I avoid Bangor because it is a dump…

Cynan
Cynan
8 days ago
Reply to  Jon

And Bangor thanks you for it.
Can you avoid my town as well?

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
8 days ago

This just in: St Asaph found to be the least “British” city.

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