The Black Country flag is flying proudly above the streets of Dudley marking the start of a month long celebration of the region.
Miss Black Country hoisted the flag above Dudley Castle this morning.
The Black Country Festival runs throughout July and includes the official Black Country Day on July 14.
Abigail Cutler, Miss Black Country, said:
“It was a real honour to be part of starting such a huge event and be able to raise the flag as a symbol of pride in the Black Country.
“There are lots of activities in towns right across the borough and the wider Black Country and I urge people to come out and celebrate everything that is fantastic about this area.”
Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of the council, said:
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate where they live and work. The Black Country is steeped in history and has an ambitious future and the flag flying is a reminder to us all about everything that is great about this area.
“As a community council we’d love to see people out celebrating throughout the month.”
There are events across the borough as part of the Black Country Festival.
It gets underway with the Mayor of Dudley’s annual charity cricket match at Stourbridge Cricket Club tonight ( July 1), from 6pm. Spectators will be able to see teams of councillors, Dudley Council officers and Black Country Festival organisers go head to head to raise money for the Mayor’s charities.
Sedgley Carnival will be at Queen Victoria School, Bilston Street, on July 2, from 11am-5pm. On the same day people will be heading to Halesowen for the town’s carnival from noon-6pm. On July 3 Halesowen will also be hosting the Black Country Road Run where people will be taking part in either 10k or 5k runs.
Stourbridge Carnival will take place on July 3 in the town from 10am-6pm and includes a market, street entertainment and much more.
Wall Heath Summer Carnival will be on July 3 in the High Street, from noon-5pm, while Wordsley Festival will be at King George V park on July 9, with Gornal fun day on the same day from noon-4pm at the recreation ground in The Quarry Vale Street.
The Black Country Fayre organised by the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club takes place on July 9 in Somers Square, from 9.30am-4pm, with Netherton Park Fun day on the same day from 9am-5pm.
Brockmoor and Pensnett Black Country Fun Day will be on July 10, at the Dell Stadium, from 1-5pm.
People will be heading to Dudley for a series of events and activities in the market place and Stone Street Square on July 16, from 11am-6pm.
The festival will close with the Dudley Beer Festival, a three day celebration of real ale at Brierley Hill Civic Hall from July 29-31.
More information on events is available at www.black-country-festival.co.uk
Pictured: Miss Black Country, Abigail Cutler, with Black Country Festival organising committee chairman, James Stevens.