Friday, November 02, 2007

What makes you a Brummie?

As you may know from a previous post, son Pete has been nominated for and is currently second in the poll for the title of Brummie of the Year 2007. Now he claims he probably shouldn't have been nominated at all since he is not really a Brummie. So let's think about this a little.

April has done a limited amount of research into the Ashton family tree and it appears that Pete really is half a Brummie.

Pete's Great Great Grandfather was one George Ashton who married, wait for it, Elizabeth Chinn. That name might just ring a bell as it is the last name of another candidate for Brummie of the Year, Dr. Carl Chinn. Dr. Chinn is the consummate, arch-type Brummie, so, unless this is all a coincidence it is very possible that Pete is competing with a distant family member!

To be a Brummie it is reasonably important to have either been born there or spend a considerable amount of one's life there. To my knowledge, this is where the last five generations of Ashtons have lived in Birmingham:

Aston, Bordesley (Digbeth), Barr, Handsworth, Perry Barr, Great Barr, Kingstanding, Moseley, Edgbaston, Tyseley and Hockley. In addition, Pete has lived in Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Kingstanding, Bournville and Kings Heath over a period of nine years.

So, in my book, Pete is a Brummie! But then, so am I, because even though I no longer live in the city, I was born there.