Halesowen celebrations help launch Black Country Festival
Thousands of people turned out in the sunshine for the launch of the Black Country Festival.
Organisers have confirmed that more than 30,000 people visited Halesowen on Saturday, for the first event of what will be a month-long celebration for the region.
Music, dancing, and other entertainment took over Somers Square in the town.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley, made a speech to kick off the celebrations – while Black Country comedy trio The Fizzogs entertained the crowds.
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Dave Brownhill, Black Country Festival chairman, said the launch was “unbelievable” with crowds of people attending for the festivities.
He said: “It’s the first time Halesowen has held the event so it went really well. It was an excellent turnout.”
Vicky Rogers, manager of Halesowen Business Improvement District, added that the day was “fantastic”.
Vicky said: “We really had the sun on our side – it was almost too hot. It was just a great day though.
"It’s so lovely for the community to come together, and we had the Black Country Road Run the following day – so it was really a great weekend for Halesowen.
“Seeing everyone getting involved, businesses and residents, that’s what it’s all about. It was a fantastic weekend.”