Are Great British Traditions Being Eroded?…

Are Great British Traditions Being Eroded?…

According to recent statistics, around 40,000 people parade Sheffield each year for one of Great Britain’s proudest sporting traditions – snooker at The Crucible.

With news from this week that the sport’s iconic venue MAY not be the host for the tournament in years to come, as sporting chiefs MAY decide to take it to foreign climbs, such as China or Saudi Arabia, we take a look at whether Great British traditions are being eroded slowly. 

Snooker at The Crucible began in 1977 and holds 980 people roughly.

Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan have 14 titles – both winning seven between them.

For a World Championship venue, that’s quite small, but if you’ve ever visited The Crucible, and this writer has a few times, it is an intimate setting that is perfect for snooker.

Fans parade the town outside the iconic venue and if you can’t get a ticket, you can watch it out on the Big Screen – even in the rain! You never know, a Walden might come up to you and give you a free ticket to get in!. Sheffield is truly the Home of Snooker with some very good snooker venues such as the Victoria Snooker Academy and the Ding Junhui Academy.

And the Winter Gardens provides a great opportunity to watch the Cue Zone and to, yes, have a tea or coffee in the nearby – coffee house.

If you move snooker away from Sheffield, you are taking a significant Great British Sporting Tradition away from the Great British public.

Cheering on the Sporting Underdog…

It’s a Great British Sporting tradition to cheer on the underdog, so, who will you be cheering on at this year’s World Snooker Championships as the draw has been announced.

Better still, will you be eating your Great British Breakfast in one of the many hotels and B&Bs in the City in the morning?

On the English Breakfast Society website, it reads: “The idea of the full English breakfast was popularised by attendees of the traditional pre-hunt breakfasts in the grand country houses of England, but they were not sitting down to the English breakfast that you and I would recognise today, and they did not get a plate containing fixed ingredients placed before them, instead they would have had a magnificent breakfast feast laid out before them containing dishes like baked halibut steaks, fried whiting, stewed figs, pheasant legs, broiled kidneys, pulled fowl, sheep’s tongues, potted pigeons, collared tongue, kidneys on toast, sausages with fried bread, pigs cheek and Melton pork pie, as well as the more familiar pork sausages, blood sausages, and bacon made in a regionally traditional way.

Breakfast served in these country houses was a uniquely English affair, and it was here on the breakfast tables of the gentry that the idea of a truly English breakfast was born and for connoisseurs of the English breakfast tradition, these historic breakfast dishes provide a way to pay homage to tradition with a modern day English breakfast by adding traditional elements to the dish.

And will you be popping out to eat in the many restaurants there are that serve a feast of different cuisine, including Curry, Chinese, and Italian food, among others?

Sorry seems to be the hardest word…

In the Top 10 British Traditions, by Fenella Dale, it reads on one of the British traditions, “How often do you say sorry in your language? Perhaps not as many times as the British do. The typical example is when on the tube. If someone treads on your toe, they will probably say sorry for hurting you and you will also probably say sorry for being in the way! We say sorry to mean excuse me or sorry if we want to complain about something, for example ‘Sorry, my coffee is cold’ when it wasn’t our fault at all! In other words, sorry is very common so don’t be surprised if you hear it a lot. I’m sorry!

Sorry, but this writer believes that some of these traditions have been eroded over time.

For example, Fish and Chips is no longer as good as it tasted back in the day. A visit to a restaurant at times, can be synthetic with the food, unless you go to an authentic restaurant with style, and it can be cooked better at home.

Great British Tea…

How many authentic tea rooms are there now in the UK? According to SmartScraper, there are 5383 “tea” rooms in the UK.

But culture has been eroded by the Coffee Culture of Starbucks, Nero, et al, as most of the general UK public enjoy a Coffee to go! This website writer enjoys a Green Tea…

Having said that, now that you know there are 5383 tea rooms, you can search google for Tea Rooms Near Me and try out one in your area if there is one.

For lunch, you might want to go into a Greggs for a sausage roll!

The Great British Weather…

Well, it’s April at The Crucible, so, Brits are naturally obsessed with the weather, so it’s a case of taking everything from your shorts and a tee to your thick raincoat, because you never know what’s going to happen, a bit like on the table at the snooker.

Perhaps the weather in the UK is quite different from your country. We often describe it as changeable as it changes all the time. You can begin the day with sunshine, then have rain at lunch and finish the day with thick grey cloud. Due to this fact, we love to chat about it all day long. It is the perfect topic of conversation to have with anyone; someone you know well or a complete stranger. The subject never gets boring for British people. Try asking your teacher about it today.

Ronnie O’Sullivan plays Jackson Page in the First Round, and Mark Williams plays Si Jiahui. John Higgins plays Jamie Jones, who knocked out the one-time winner Neil Robertson. 

Last year’s Champion Luca Brecel plays Dave Gilbert. 

Good luck to everyone in the draw.

And enjoy your FULL ENGLISH!




Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!