Villagers in Lancashire dig for websites

Northerners have long been associated with mining, but a group of villagers in Lancashire have recently began a new venture – digging for websites. The local residents of a remote area in the North of England got so fed up of waiting for the telecom company to install a broadband connection, that they decided to take matters into their own hands. Having got hold of a roll of fibre optic cable, they are now taking it in turns to shovel out a 51 mile trench to an exchange in Manchester.

Due to their true grit and determination, several villages will soon be connected up to see the great website design Bolton that the internet has to offer – do you think we should tell them about 3G dongles? Photo © BBC 2012