Most people associate the river Mersey with Liverpool—I certainly do, I lived there for four years. But, since moving to the South Manchester area, I have discovered that it ends all the way over in Stockport, to the east. And the Mersey marks the southern border of historic Lancashire. The end of the Mersey is the start of the Tame and the Goyt rivers (or is it the other way around?).
So, although I now find myself in Greater Manchester, my home would have been in Lancashire at the time I was born. Those unfamiliar with the metropolitanisation of 1974 would have thought that this was confusing enough, but many of the locals (and officials) think I live in Cheshire, because that’s where our town council is based.
So, what do I tell people, when asked in which county do I live? Well, if I was trying to appear sophisticated, I could nonchalantly declare ‘Cheshire, sir/madam’. If I wanted to seem edgy, I could claim ‘Manchostaaah’ (the official pronunciation), and if I wanted to be patriotic (and delusional), I would say ‘Lancashire’, which, of course, is pronounced Lankishure.