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Byline: ROY BAYLISS

BLUES stars Mitch Hancox and Nick Townsend are big soccer signings to the Sunday Mercury's Brummies Are campaign.

The Birmingham-born St Andrew's players will score with the fans by stating simply: "Brummies are Bluenoses".

And although it won't go down quite so well in claret and blue quarters of the city, it's in a league of its own.

Left-back Mitch and goalkeeper Nick were keen to join our campaign supporting Birmingham and its proud people. "It's a great city to work, rest and play in," they added. "We're proud to be Birmingham City Brummies."

In addition Birmingham City FC has been supporting the campaign in a series of tweets on the club's official twitter feed.

"As a proud Brummie myself, I'm delighted that the club is taking part," said Blues media boss Andy Walker.

"It's good to get the message out there because Brummies really are brilliant!" Elsewhere, our campaign last week attracted the backing of Marketing Birmingham, who champion the city worldwide, too.

Language Staff sent us a photo, and held up placards declaring that Brummies are welcoming - in five different languages. Marketing Birmingham's mission is to promote the city as a thriving economic hub and a destination that is a pleasure to visit time and again. "Birmigham is a city that's proud of its story and confident of its future," said PR executive Ellie Rance.

"Marketing Birmingham's visitor experience team think Brummies are welcoming to visitors of all nationalities." Among supporters of our campaign have been funnyman Jasper Carrott, rock legend Bev Bevan, top chef Rob Pritchett and Selly Oak MP Steve Mc-Cabe.

And entries have flooded in from readers, each happy to declare their love for all things Brummie.

Up for grabs has been a year's free broadband internet, TV and phone from Virgin Media, our partners in the campaign.

We'll be revealing the winner of the competition in next week's Mercury - so don't miss the edition. The Sunday Mercury launched the promotion after a national survey suggested that the city was second-rate, coming bottom in league tables for style, music, culture, architecture and accent.

We hit back, inviting readers to show the world that Brummies are brilliant - by sending us photos bearing the message: 'Brummies Are ...' "We couldn't believe the survey results which suggested Birmingham was second-rate," said Sunday Mercury Executive Editor Paul Cole.

"They were clearly based at best on outdated misconception and at worst fuelled by prejudice against Brummies.

"We couldn't just let them get away with it, and we hit on the concept of Brummies Are, inviting our readers to have their say directly.

"Everyone here has been impressed by the variety and ingenuity of the entries we've received. And, of course, by Brummie humour, too.

"The Sunday Mercury serves the whole of the Midlands and beyond but is proud to be based in the iconic Fort Dunlop building in Birmingham.

"Although the Brummies Are competition deadline has passed, we intend to carry on inviting readers' photos and publish them in print and online."

Send YOUR photos to: paul.cole@trinitymirror.com, marking 'Brummies Are' in the e-mail subject field.

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SUPPORT: Mermbers of the Visit Birmingham team back the Brummies Are campaign.

FANS: Birmingham City FC players left back Mitch Hancox (left) and keeper Nick Townsend.
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Date:Oct 6, 2013
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