Celebs line up for radio version of May Un Mar Lady cartoon
A POPULAR cartoon that celebrates the Potteries dialect is due to be turned into a radio series with a string of famous Stokies lined up for cameo appearances.
For more than 20 years, the adventures of May Un Mar Lady's pot-bellied husband and his long-suffering wife entertained Sentinel readers.
Now the series of creations, by award-winning cartoonist Dave Follows, will be played out weekly by Burslem-based Six Towns Radio.
The instalments will be aided by some well-known voices, including Nick Hancock, Pete Conway, Denis Smith and Wendy Turner Webster, who will take on the various roles, including publicans and barbers who pop up in the cartoons.
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The move from print to radio was the idea of Six Towns DJ Terry Bossons.
The 39-year-old, of Biddulph, right, said: "After reading these cartoons all my life, I thought it would be great to breathe new life into them and came up with the radio play idea."
The episodes, which last for roughly one minute, will appear on Terry's Friday afternoon show, Bossons About, from 4pm. They will also be uploaded to the community station's website.
Terry, who also organises the annual Oatcake Day event in the city centre, added: "I think it's important for our heritage to make sure that things like May Un Mar Lady are still embraced and endeared by the people of the Potteries."
The fledgling radio series, which also has its own theme music recorded by local band Universal Thrift Club, is not the first time the region's dialect has inspired the transition from print to the airwaves.
Owd Grandad Piggott, created by Alan Povey, became a favourite with listeners to Radio Stoke.
Terry hopes Follows's classic characters will become just as popular with Six Towns' listeners.
He added: "I contacted Dave Follows's family and then sent them a pilot, and they were happy for me to do it.
"They have sent me some cartoons, which I am working through to find out which are best for the radio.
"I think the Potteries dialect is a beautiful one. I was in the park the other day and heard a child using it and it was nice to see it hasn't been lost."
Pete Conway, who makes an appearance in the series, said: "I think that Dave Follows was a wonderful cartoonist and think this is a great way to preserve the Potteries dialect."
And providing the voices for the famous bickering husband and wife will be real-life husband and wife team Nick and Maxine King.
Nick, aged 51, of Birches Head, who presents a Northern Soul show on the community radio station, said: "It feels good to be a part of it and I suppose I do have quite a strong Potteries accent.
"It has come quite naturally doing it and it has been an enjoyable thing to do."
Fellow Six Towns presenter Annabelle Rees, aged 21, of Hartshill, said: "I think it's a brilliant idea and it is a real Stokie tradition.
"It's a great way to celebrate the idea."
The cartoon's creator, Stafford-born Dave, passed away in 2003 after losing his battle with cancer.
Son Chris, aged 41, who lives in London, said: "We're all really pleased to hear the May un Mar Lady characters come to life with real Stoke-on-Trent voices.
"It's great it can be adapted, enjoyed and experienced in these new and exciting ways.
"We hope the listeners continue to embrace the cartoon couple as their own and their humour lives on for many more years to come."