Black Country Day tenth birthday celebrated with events across the region

Steve Edwards

The colour and sounds of the Black Country are set to be celebrated as a commemorative day reaches its 10th birthday.

There will be events and celebrations across the region to celebrate the 10th birthday of Black Country Day, which was first held on July 14, 2013. The 14 July was chosen because it is the anniversary of the invention of the world’s first steam engine, which was erected in the area.

The Mayor of Dudley Councillor Andrea Goddard will be heading to the Black Country Living Museum this morning where BBC WM and Black Country Radio will be broadcasting live for four hours with a range of guests as they celebrate all things Black Country. In the afternoon there is  music and entertainment on Stone Street Square in Dudley hosted by Black Country Radio and featuring special guests. Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Andrea Goddard, said:

"I’m really looking forward to the Black Country Day celebrations, especially my visit to the Black Country Living Museum where I’ll be talking about the importance of the day to myself, our residents and people across the Black Country.

"We’ve a lot to be proud of! The Dudley Grand Prix is a fantastic and really high profile event, with cyclists racing round Dudley Town Centre in sight of the historic Priory Ruins and Dudley Castle.

"And I’ll be finishing off my celebrations with a visit to Musicom at Himley Hall - a brilliant way to have fun with family and friends."

Later that day The Mayor will be heading to the Dudley Grand Prix which comes to Dudley town centre tomorrow afternoon from 4pm. The town centre will be transformed into a fully barriered racing track for six thrilling races featuring some of the UK's top road cycling stars, with live music, great food and an incredible atmosphere.

On Saturday Somers Square in Halesowen will host a special Black Country Day event, organised by Black Country Radio and Halesowen BID. Running from 10am to 5pm, the free event will have market stalls, local offers and a chance to try Faggots and Peas, as well as live music from a UB40 tribute band and a performance by Bhangra Smash Up, plus special guest appearances and a range of games.

Across the region in Tipton, Tipton Town Library will be hosting a range of cultural events about the history of the region. And in Bilston, the town centre will put on a free event in association with Discover Bilston.

There will also be a wild weekend of entertainment at Himley Hall as the popular Black Country Musicom returns to the park for two days of music and comedy, as well as a host of family entertainment throughout the day.

For more information about the events taking place, you can visit our what's on pages at blackcoutnryradio.co.uk/festival.

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