A North East town name was slaughtered by a TV show narrator on Monday evening with one viewer calling the mispronunciation a ‘belter’.

Popular Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me: The Professionals paid a visit to the North East for its episode on Monday (July 4) as three North East restaurants competed against each other for a £1,000 prize.

The show featured Namaste Indian restaurant in Sunniside, Pigalos in North Shields and Balls of Prudhoe.

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When it came to introducing fish and chip restaurant Balls of Prudhoe, narrator Dave Lamb opted for an unusual pronunciation of the Northumbrian town.

The famous narrator pronounced Prudhoe as ‘Proodhoe' as opposed to the local pronunciation of 'Prudah'.

Reacting to the mispronunciation, one viewer online tweeted: “Never heard such an odd way of saying Prudhoe. And believe me, I've heard some belters.”

While another said: “Watching Come Dine With Me The Professionals in Newcastle/Northumberland and Dave Lamb has just pronounced Prudhoe ‘Proodhoe’. It's ‘Prudah’. Every Northumbrian just had a tiny violent reaction.”

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But Prudhoe isn’t the only place in the North East with a hard-to-pronounce name.

How many of these place names can you pronounce?

  1. Prudhoe ('Prudah')
  2. Ponteland ('Pon-tea-land')
  3. Houghton-le-Spring ('Ho-ton-le-spring')
  4. Guisborough ('Gis-brah')
  5. Tudhoe ('Tuddah')
  6. Kelloe ('Kellah')
  7. Gosforth ('Gos-fath')
  8. Cambois ('Cam-us')
  9. Bellingham ('Bell-ing-jum')
  10. Ulgham ('Uff-am')
  11. Witton Gilbert ('Witton Jill-bert')
  12. Stanhope ('Stan-up')
  13. Ireshopeburn ('Eyes-up-burn')
  14. Newsham ('News-um')
  15. Chichester ('Ch-i-chester')



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