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We’ve put our flags up – now it’s yower turn!

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Black Country flags have gone up on key council buildings, as the borough prepares to celebrate Black Country Day.

The distinctive red, white and black flag is flying from Dudley Council House, Dudley Town Hall and Stourbridge Town Hall with just four days to go until Black Country Day on July 14th.

Dudley Council House

Borough residents are now being urged to fly theirs from their homes to show their pride at who they are and where they are from.

Dudley Town Hall

A number of events normally run throughout July as part of the Black Country Festival. 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.

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

As Dudley is the historic capital of the Black Country, it is really important that despite uncertain times that we still mark such an important event as the Black Country Festival.
It’s great to see the flags flying from the council house and the town halls, and we want residents to follow suit and get theirs up at home.
Share your photos on social media about why the Black Country is special to you, using the hashtag. I look forward to seeing them all.

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  Entries need to be in by August 14.

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