The Black Country Festival 2014... A year to remember
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. Thank you to everyone who took part and thanks to those of you who responded to our survey around the celebrations.
We're delighted to report that following the festival and publicity that accompanied it, 91.5% of people are now aware the Black Country has its own flag, while 88.5% are aware of Black Country Day, compared to just 11.5% before the festival.
Community activists who made the festival are honoured by the Mayor of Dudley
Individuals who all played an instrumental role in creating the first ever Black Country Festival have been honoured at a civic reception.
The Mayor of Dudley welcomed in a number of people from the community yesterday (TUES) who helped create a month of celebrations in July to mark national Black Country Day on July 14.
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Black Country Festival celebrations 2014
A celebration of all things Black Country took 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.
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.
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People can continue to 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.