Right from the word ‘go’ in 1962, Coinadrink has been located in the Black Country, so needless to say, we have the ‘Black Country blood’ running through our veins! Our 57-year history has seen us build valuable working relationships through business networking events and exhibitions, and we are proud to call this region our home. Black Country Day has always fallen on the 14th July, but its origins are intriguing to say the least. To begin, we think it’s important to understand how the term ‘Black Country’ developed, and then discuss which regions fall under the region…
Do you know where the Black Country is located?
Although not set in stone, it is believed that the Black Country gets its name from the mid 19th century, where the thick smoke epitomised the intense iron and coal production in the West Midlands. Its location is just north of Worcestershire, slightly south of Staffordshire and just to the east of Birmingham. The four main boroughs are Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, whilst some of the notable places of interest include Stourbridge, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Willenhall.
The traditions of this famous day.
Black Country Day falls on the 14th July because this is the anniversary of the World’s first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine, which was built in the area in 1712. If you’re keen on finding out more about this, then a replica of the engine, as well as more information, can still be viewed today in the Black Country Museum in Dudley!
The day aims to create a sense of community in the neighbourhoods that people both live and work, appreciating such a close-knit area. This year, 2019, it is set to fall on a Sunday, so it’s sure to be a weekend filled with great events that people can get involved in. These include carnivals, music festivals and sporting activities. You’ll meet some great people, and really get a sense of what makes the region so iconic!
If you got involved in any events, why not get involved and tell us below?
Meanwhile, here’s a clip from our MD Roger Williams, who explained how Coinadrink came to be 57 years ago!
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