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Black Country Festival

The Black Country Festival, which runs throughout July, is now in its fourth year.

In the middle of it – on July 14 – is official Black Country Day.

The date was chosen as a nod to the area’s industrial heritage, with July 14 the anniversary of the invention of the Newcomen engine. The world’s first steam engine, it was built in the Black Country in 1712.

The aim of the festival and Black Country Day itself is to promote a sense of community and pride in people at where they come from.

A series of events take place all over the borough, from park fun days and classic car displays to golf tournaments and variety shows. At nearly all events the now world famous Black Country flag – designed by Stourbridge schoolgirl Gracie Sheppard – is flown and waved passionately.

 

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Visit the Black Country Festival website to see what's on.

 

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