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It's Black Country Day! But what does it mean?

Black Country Flag which can be seen seen high above junction 10A of the M6/M54 Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

Today marks the first ever Black Country Day, celebrating Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell boroughs.

Credited as the home of heavy metal music and the birthplace of the industrial revolution, today people across the region are celebrating its achievements for the first time.

The Black Country has a population of more than one million people.

Organisers of the Black Country Day say life would not be as we know it without the Black Country.

To celebrate the day a special flag has been designed and a song has been written.

Preparations underway for Black Country Day

Black Country Flag which can be seen seen high above junction 10A of the M6/M54 Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

Celebrations ahead of the first ever Black Country Day are well underway this weekend.

Thousands are expected to attend the annual Wolverhampton and Black Country show organised by the council at West Park, ahead of the Black Country Day on Monday.

Black country flag on the Essington Beacon Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

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The Black Country Anthem charity single goes on sale

A charity single called The Black Country Anthem goes on sale today, celebrating the region and raising money for Compton Hospice.

The single is being released in memory of blogger Steve Evans Credit: Twitter: @SteveEvans51

Friends of Wolverhampton man Steve Evans, who died of cancer earlier this year, are trying to get the song into the charts to raise the profile of the charity in his memory.

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Ukip candidate quit by 'mutual agreement' over tweet

A Ukip council candidate who posted an offensive tweet about the comedian Lenny Henry resigned his membership of the party after it was "mutually agreed this would be the best course", a Ukip spokesman said.

William Henwood, who suggested Henry should emigrate to a "black country", was due to stand for the party in next month's election in Enfield, north London.

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