THE Yorkshire accent has a proud history, but has suffered from southern people looking down their noses at anything up north.

A new survey reveals something which may not come as a surprise to folk from God’s Own County; Yorkshire twang has been named the best.

But, as a principle, it is a genuine shame that any of the UK’s accents are anything other than celebrated.

Where else can you be in the world where less than 10 miles on a map can make such a profound difference to lilt and tone of a voice?

What that represents is a joyous individuality that has been retained by regions of the UK, despite the fact that the population is more transient now than it has been at any other time in history.