Being located in Walsall, West Midlands, it’s understandable that Black Country Day is a very big deal for us at Coinadrink Ltd. It is the heart of our foundations, and is the base of expert refreshments that we deliver up and down the country. Through 55 years of trade in the region, we have built up valuable working relationships through business networking events and exhibitions, and we are proud to call the Black Country 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, perhaps more importantly in some people’s eyes, what places are included in such a fantastic region…
Although not carved 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. The location of the Black Country is in that very county, just north of Worcestershire and slightly south of Staffordshire, whilst being just to the left of Birmingham. The four main boroughs are Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, and some of the notable places of interest include Stourbridge, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Willenhall.
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.
Black Country Day aims to create a sense of community in the neighbourhoods that people both live and work, appreciating such a close-knit area. There are many events around the region that you can get involved in, such as carnivals, music festivals and sporting activities, so make sure you see what’s on and put your name down. You’ll meet some great people, and really get a sense of what makes the Black Country so iconic!