MPs show their Black Country pride at Westminster

By Peter Madeley | Wolverhampton | Politics | Published:

MPs from across the party divide gathered in Westminster to show their pride in the region ahead of this year's Black Country Day celebrations.

MPs from the region gathered in Westminster ahead of Black Country Day.

Conservative MPs Marco Longhi, Wendy Morton, Suzanne Webb, Stuart Anderson, Jane Stevenson, Eddie Hughes and Mike Wood were joined by Labour MP John Spellar in flying the famous flag outside the Houses of Parliament.

Black Country Day is on July 14, and people across the region are still planning to commemorate it despite this year's Black Country Festival being cancelled due to the coronavirus.

It has been running since 2014 and is symbolised by the striking black, white and red Black Country flag, which was designed by Gracie Sheppard from Stourbridge.

Dudley South MP Mr Wood, said: "Black Country Day is about celebrating not just our proud industrial heritage but also the strength of our community today.

"Gracie Sheppard’s Flag has provided an amazing focus for our regional identity boosting local business and cultural organisations.

"This will obviously be a very different Black Country Day to the normal month-long Black Country Festival but it has never been more important for us to be promoting our local businesses, local tourism and all the Black Country has to offer."

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden, said: "I wish everyone a very happy Black Country Day.

"The last few months have been a tough time for the country but Black Country Day is a time we can celebrate the best of our area."

Peter Madeley

By Peter Madeley

Political Editor for the Express & Star. Responsible for local and national political stories, opinion, comment and analysis.

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