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Don't knock our Wolverhampton, Just a Minute, say Star readers

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Wulfrunians have leapt to the defence of their city after TV star Graham Norton made a string of barbed comments about the area when he appeared on a popular radio quiz show.

The comic, who admitted he had never been to the city, described Wolverhampton as "a nondescript grey hole" he would struggle to locate on a map during an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute this week.

"Even the team are called Wanderers because they don't want to be there," he claimed.

He was talking after the city was chosen as the unlikely topic of discussion during the long-running radio show fronted by Nicholas Parsons, with panelists including comedian Jason Manford, who defended the city.

One of the panellists, Bake Off frontwoman Sue Perkins, also chipped in sarcastically suggested that Norton had "a mansion in Dudley".

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But the jibes didn't go down well with Express & Star readers who said the star was talking rubbish.

Writing on the Express & star website reader Susan Smith said after listening to the show she thought the stars had "nothing but a load of tripe coming out of their mouths."

And another reader Chris wrote: "It would have been funnier if Graham Norton had talked about the nice buildings and lovely personalities. We are ace."

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Pete added: "How can you justify calling a place anything when you haven't even been there?

"Without the likes of people from these areas they wouldn't be celebrities." However it seems Norton's comments did strike a cord with people.

Someone going under the name Lakeside said: "I was born in Wolverhampton but have had the good fortune to live in a lot of much nicer places. I would agree that the city is grey and forgettable. I find it depressing, dirty and very short of pride."

More than 200 people have taken part in a poll on the Express & Star website asking if they found the debate funny, 57 per cent said no and 43 per cent said yes.

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