One month and counting to Dudley’s Black Country Day festivities!

Flag resizedWe’re ȕber excited that Dudley’s Stone Street Square will take centre stage for the very first Black Country Day festival celebrations – and the countdown has begun!

A Black Country themed event will mark the occasion in just one month’s time – on Saturday, July 12th – and it promises to be a corker.

A full day of family entertainment is being planned featuring live music, street entertainers, a poets’ corner and a number of Black Country themed arts and crafts stalls.

We would love to see big crowds turning up, joining in and making it an event to remember!

Event organiser, Garry Sawers, who goes by the name Black Country Gaz, said: “The Black Country Festival is now getting really close and the Stone Street event promises to be a focal point of everything that is going on. We hope to see as many people there as possible enjoying the free entertainment to help celebrate Black Country Day in style.”

Meanwhile, Dudley visitor attractions such as the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust Trips are set to stage events celebrating the region, alongside council museums the Red House Glass Cone, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and Himley Hall.

Pubs and venues across the borough will also be hosting fun and entertainment throughout the month of July – to offer everyone the opportunity to get involved.

About Black Country Day

July 14th was chosen as the official Black Country day as it is the anniversary of the invention of the Newcomen Engine, the world’s first steam engine created in the Black Country in 1712.

A Black Country flag has been designed by schoolgirl Gracie Sheppard, flying high across the region and beyond! The distinctive red, white and black colours are a reference to the famous description of the Black Country by Elihu Burrit that it was “black by day and red by night” owing to the smoke and fires of industry.

In honour of the day, a Black Country single has been recorded by The Empty Can called ‘I Vow to Thee Black Country.’ All proceeds go to Compton Hospice in memory of Steve Evans, a former Wolverhampton City Council worker.

For more information about Black Country Day and the festivities across the region being held in its honour, visit the dedicated website here.

The Stone Street event will run from noon until 7.30pm on July 12th.