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Black Country Day

The Black Country Flag

It’s Black Country Day today. When I first heard it was going to be on a Monday, when many people are at work or school. I thought it was a bit saft, but we had lots on over the weekend so it’s working out alright. Aye it?

Crowds at Wednesbury Carnival 2014

There were crowds at Wednesbury Carnival on Saturday and that was just one of the events in the Black Country. I met up with some of my friends that are members of our local history group. The police were there keeping everyone safe and so were the fire service, demonstrating their skills and meeting the public. The local charities were there too, raising a little money for good causes. These are local events that everyone can enjoy, but especially the children. I’m sure the police prefer walking around in the sunshine providing a ‘presence’, rather than dealing with late nights drunks.

Localisation

There is a lot of talk of globalisation these days, but shouldn’t we be promoting localisation too? There were some small businesses promoting themselves at the carnival. Money going into the local economy will eventually go to the multinational corporations, but a little money circulating locally can benefit everyone. People need the services that local business provide, they need to have their haircut and styled, they need their car serviced and local businesses excel at providing services with a smile.

Black Country Festival

We were lucky on Saturday, the weather was good for all the events, but that isn’t guaranteed. I think the Black Country Festival could be better if the various organisers communicated with each other. Some carnivals didn’t have quite such good weather last month. Maybe the festival could run from mid June to the end of July? If each carnival or show was on different dates, people could choose to go when the weather was good and some people would go to more than one. Cooperation and collaboration could make it a lot better. We can tell the world that the Black Country is still here and although much of the industry has gone, we still have a sense of humour and a sense of pride. Right?

What do you think? Do you live in the Black Country? Do you want to do a festival to promote your locality? Please share your thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.

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