Reasons to Be Proud You’re From The Black Country
The Rich Industrial Heritage
The Black Country was most famous for its heavy industry with metals and coal. Economic historians have even said that within ten miles of Dudley Castle there was in the region of 20,000 smiths in the 1620’s. Of course this industry has all gone now, but this region is still famous for iron and steel works, coal mining and the manufacture of the Titanic’s anchor.
Duncan Edwards was born in 1936, in the Woodside are of Dudley. Immensely talented as a youngster, he signed for Manchester Untied whilst still in his teens and went on to get his first England cap against Scotland in the April of 1955. At the time he was the youngest player to have played for England at professional level. Tragically on February 6th 1958, whilst returning from Belgrade, the plane that the Manchester Untied team and its staff and Journalists were travelling on stopped off at Munich to re-fuel, after failed attempts to take off the plane crashed, Duncan survived for a further 15 days. He was later given a burial at Dudley cemetery, over 5000 people turned up to the service.
Love it or loathe it me babbies! There’s no denying its totally unique and one of a kind. Possibly the oldest accent in England, it’s even rumoured that William Shakespeare spoke with a slight BC accent! To an outsider, it will all seem like gibberish but to us local folk easy ay it?!
As it says on our Sedgley t-shirt design ‘The views am bostin up there!’ And they certainly are. Not all of our region is covered with old industrial yards or disused factory units, we boast some of the most impressive greenery in the country. Take for example Baggeridge park, Sandwell valley and Himley Hall. Beautiful places within an area that gets a bad rep for being all doom and gloom industry.
Black Country Day
Every year, around the 14th of July, the official Black Country day is held, the main one being in Stone street square Dudley, but there are numerous events held up and down the region throughout the month. It’s a massive celebration of our region and the accomplishments of the past. The reasoning behind being held on July the 14th is that it’s the anniversary of the invention of the Newcome steam engine. With the festival came the design and production of the Black Country flag. Designed by school girl, Gracie Sheppard, it depicts the chains across a glass cone, with red, black white colours.