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09/07/2020
Shout it loud and proud – the Black Country is bostin!

It’s bostin’ being from the Black Country – and people are being urged to shout loud and proud about who they are and where they come from during this special month.

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.

View the video here.

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

"These are very strange times where normal life is very restricted while we all work together to keep the borough safe.

"But as Dudley is the historic capital of the Black Country, it is still really important that we mark such an important event as the Black Country Festival.

"We may not be able to hold the type of celebrations and events that we normally would, but there are still plenty of ways that people can show safely their pride at who they are and where they are from.

"Get your flags up and 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 capa.events@dudley.gov.uk Entries need to be in by August 14.

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