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A huge image of the Black Country flag will be beamed onto the walls of Dudley Town Hall tomorrow night (Tue) to finish Black Country Day with a bang.

The St James’s Road venue will be lit up in the distinctive red, white and black on Tuesday night – and eye-catching pictures have been released today showing how it will look.

It will round off a day of celebrations which will also include an event in Halesowen town centre tomorrow afternoon.

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

The Black Country flag has become a symbol of unity and great pride for people across our borough.
It has been seen at major sporting events locally and abroad and has done more than anything in recent times to put us on the national and international map, as well as bringing communities together to celebrate our culture.
It will look absolutely fantastic beamed onto the walls of the town hall, and be a fitting way to round off a day of celebration of who we are and where we come from.

A number of events normally run throughout July as part of the Black Country Festival, with Black Country Day taking place on July 14th. Dudley Council was gearing up for a series of events and activities, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant the annual festival has had to run differently.

Instead, using the hashtag #BCfestivalonline, a series of videos and images will be shared online via the council’s social media channels to mark the special month.

Borough residents are being urged to get involved but to do so safely by putting up flags, sharing photos and telling us why they are proud to live in the Black Country.

As part of the festival, the Mayor is also asking the borough’s creative public to produce the picture or photograph that best captures the spirit of the Black Country.

The winning entry will be framed and will hang in pride of place in the Mayor’s parlour later this year.

There is no criteria for entries but they must be submitted and available for display in the Council House.

The Mayor’s parlour is used for civic occasions, welcoming high-profile visitors to the borough, as well as community groups and charities. Hundreds of people will be able to view the winning picture.

People are being asked to submit their entries on social media via #BCFestivalOnline and the Mayor will choose the winning design to hang in the parlour. Entries can also be emailed to capa.events@dudley.gov.uk  Entries need to be in by August 14.

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