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The first ever Black Country Festival has featured events and activities across the Dudley borough and has seen the Black Country flag fly proudly from businesses, homes and cars.

At Dudley Council, we're delighted to have supported the community in making the festival a reality. And now we want to hear your views about Black Country Day.

Please take two minutes to complete our Black Country Day survey


Black Country Festival celebrations

A celebration of all things Black Country has taken place across Dudley borough during July 2014 after the community expressed a desire to create a festival of activities.

Official Black Country Day was on July 14 and as part of Dudley Council's Love Your Community initiative, council bosses supported the community to create a festival of celebrations.


The background:

Following Dudley Council’s high profile launch of the Black Country flag in January 2014, which is still flying with pride from Dudley Town Hall, council chiefs were inundated with community requests to get involved in celebrating the region.

Garry Sawers, a musician who goes by the name Black Country Gaz, led the community involvement and the council presented Garry with a Love Your Community certificate for his efforts.

Black Country food and drink, live music, comedy, arts and crafts all took centre stage in July across Stourbridge, Dudley, Brierley Hill, Halesowen and other parts of the borough.

The officially registered Black Country flag was designed by Stourbridge schoolgirl Gracie Sheppard. July 14 was


officially registered as national Black Country Day as it is the anniversary of the invention of the world’s first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine, which was created in the Black Country back in 1712.

Black Country Gaz has set up a website at www.blackcountryfestival.co.uk and a facebook page which has around 800 followers.

People and organisations wanting to know more should email info@blackcountryfestival.co.uk

People can show their support for the Black Country by going to the Black Country Living Museum shop in Tipton Road or the website at
http://www.bclm.co.uk/shop.htm where they can buy a range of Black Country flags and badges.

Merchandise is also available at the Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge and www.teetshirts.com in Cradley Heath also has a range of Black Country goods.

Dudley Council supported the festival with a range of events. A list of news releases issued by the council can be found here:

News releases:


Community links: