Coinadrink is based in Walsall of the West Midlands, so the Black Country is a region that is close to our heart and one that we are very proud to be a part of. You can imagine, then, that Black Country Day is an occasion that we look forward to with excitement. It’s fantastic to see the area come together with activities and events as part of the Black Country Festival, and it really emphasises what the the region is all about. Read on for a brief insight into the area, and boost your knowledge on such a fantastic part of the country!
Where is the Black Country?
Funnily enough, the Black Country isn’t a marked location on a map, hence why you won’t find it on one. It’s actually part of the West Midlands, and commonly refers to all four of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. The term is often used as a marketing tool to sell and promote the West Midlands region to the west of Birmingham.
How does it get its name?
The first trace of the expression dates back to the 1840’s. The Industrial Revolution saw the area become one of the most industrialised parts of Britain with coal mines, iron foundries, brickworks and the like producing a high level of air pollution. The area is believed to have got its name from the soot that was produced during this time. A sense of shared history and tradition in the area has kept the term in use today.
The flag is a regional flag representing the Black Country and the design was chosen by public vote in 2012. The red and black colours were inspired by Elihu Burrit, who once said that the region is ‘black by day and red by night. The white triangular shape represents the glass cones common in Black Country architecture, while the chains symbolise something that the area is well known for.
First things first, the accent is slightly different to that of the ‘Brummie’ one, which describes those from Birmingham. In general, dialect has resisted many of the changes from Middle English that are seen in other dialects of the English Language, and particularly resembles that of West Country English. Common words include:
- ‘Yow’ (you)
- ‘Yam’ (you are)
- ‘Arm’ (I’m)
- ‘Tekkin’ (Taking)
- ‘Tar’ (Thanks)
- ‘Dow’ (Don’t)
Black Country Day 2018.
This years’ Black Country Day falls tomorrow, Saturday 14thJuly. Despite this, the Black Country festival has been running since June 30thand will continue right through to July 29th, and there has already been many events held in celebration. Family fun run’s, film and food festivals, carnivals and more have been held throughout the region, highlighting all there is to love about such a great area.
The link to Coinadrink
Coinadrink has been based in the region since 1962, so we know all there is that’s special about the region. 56 years has seen us forge respected relationships with those in the area, and we are proud to call the Black Country our home!