Bright sunshine forecast for Black Country Day celebrations

DJ Stuart Ojelay looks forward to Black Country Weekender at Himley Hall

Black Country Day has been held since 2013 and is now an integral part of the Black Country calendar.

The first Black Country Day was held on March 30, 2013, and the following year the Black Country Festival was established and the date of the day was changed to July 14 – the anniversary of the invention of the world’s first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine. , built in 1712.

Events have been scaled back somewhat over the past two years due to the pandemic, but this year there’s a lot going on for those looking to join in the celebrations.

Black Country Weekender, held at Himley Hall, is expected to draw thousands for two days of music, comedy and family fun this weekend.

Tickets are still available for the weekend at the historic stately home estate, and weather forecasters are predicting temperatures could top 30C.

The Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17 doubleheader is the centerpiece of this year’s Black Country Festival, which runs throughout July.

On Saturday, a 20-piece orchestra, singers and guest DJs, including Stuart Ojelay, will bring a slice of Ibiza to the Black Country, at the Proms In The Park event which runs from 3pm to 9pm.

And on Sunday, 80s stars Go West, The Fizz and Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals will headline the main stage at Black Country Musicom.

They will be joined by a number of high-profile tribute acts to legends such as Bon Jovi, Elvis, Take That, George Michael and Dua Lipa.

There will also be a comedy tent, booths, a funfair and street performers at the event, which runs from noon to 8pm and promises to be a great family day out.

Councilor Sue Greenaway, Mayor of Dudley, said: ‘Musicom has been a fantastic event over the past two years we’ve had it and very well received by everyone who has gone.

“For this reason, we have decided to try to go further and better this year to make it a full weekend of fun as part of the Black Country Festival.

“Both days will be fantastic and the weather forecast is beautiful, so I urge people to book their tickets online to get the best price.”

In addition to the exceptional weekend, live music, comedy and a Fagot eating contest will be some of the entertainment on Thursday.

A host of entertainment will take place in Somers Square, Halesowen, today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The free day will include live music from the Empty Can, the band behind the Black Country anthem, and British comedy star Got Talent Eva Abley.

A bundle-eating contest, a Sunbeam car, the Black Country radio roadshow and more are also on offer.

Event co-ordinator Dave Brownhill said: “People are really proud of where they come from and now is the time to get your Black Country flags out.

“We will have a live stage throughout the day, there will be a lot of entertainment. It will just be a fun day.

“We’ll be unveiling new computer-generated artwork and also asking people to send in photos of where they’ve flown the flag around the world.

Tickets for Ibiza Proms In The Park on Saturday July 16 cost £27 for adults and £12 for children aged 5-17, with under-5s free.

Tickets for Musicom 2022 on Sunday July 17 cost £14 for adults and £8 for children. Reservation fees will be added to all prices.

Reservations can be made at himleyhallandpark.co.uk/blackcountryweekender.

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