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Small World
Back in September, I had an accident at home that resulted in a dislocation of the middle finger of my left hand and a serious impact to the ring finger.

After 5 weeks in a splint, the fingers were still very sore and almost immovalbe. I had occupational therapy for several weeks with only marginal improvement. Finally, the therapist set up an appointment with a doctor Karsten Lang in nearby Mount Vernon, WA. She's Scandinavian, but I'm not sure which country.

After a few minutes conversation with Dr. Lang, I was surprised when she asked "Whereabouts in Lancashire are you from?" Most folks in this part of the world aren't even aware of Lancashire's existence, let alone can recognise the accent.

When I said "a small industrial town called Leyland" her reply was "I know it". It turned out that, when she first got her MD degree, she worked in Wigan.
Frank Damp (wife Eileen, nee Nixon)
Leyland resident 1941-1965, emigrated to the US in 1968,
retired to Anacortes, Washington State, USA in 1999.
I found when conversing with people over the internet, if you said you came from near Preston they hadn't a clue where it was, however if you said Leyland, instant recognition.
Like you Noel when you tell people you are from Leyland and also work in the town, the asumtion is you must work at Leyland Motors. When you tell them there are other places work in the town you get strange looks.

frank h.
When I talked to the doctor just before the op, she told me it was her Dad, also Dr. Lang, that moved the family to England from Scandinavia. He was an orthopaedic surgeon who worked at Wrightington Hospital. They lived in Wigan and she went to school there. I would guess that was late 1960's.


P.S. - Martin - please delete the inadvertent duplicate post for my original message on this topic. It has been viewed but there are no replies.

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