SOMETIMES there is no need for an explanation or a description to convey the meaning of something and get the message across, and for anyone who has travelled along the A491 Stourbridge to Wolverhampton road in recent days and passed the iconic Red House Cone, the emotion of Black Country pride could not have failed to fill the eyes of even the most conscientious of careful drivers.
Since the age of the Mercians the people of the Black Country have rebuffed any encroachment on their lands and when the Normans invaded, even turned their backs on the imposition of a new language.
They embraced the industrial age with vigour and stamped their name on manufactured products that were sent all over the world. In times of war they have responded to fight the foe in foreign lands and despite being landlocked have often been engaged in heroic sea battles. At the Battle of Trafalgar 69 Black Countrymen fought on board ships of Admiral Nelson's fleet. Thousands have defended King and Country during two world wars, and other conflicts besides, and despite often being nicknamed 'Brummies' by fellow soldiers from elsewhere in the country who were obviously ignorant of the local dialect, they have steadfastly refused to disinherit the origins of their roots.
Once a Black Country mon always a Black Country mon, and now the Black Country flag is being hoisted at more and more locations, the region's identity has become public and will flutter in the breeze quite handsomely alongside the Union Flag and the Flag of St. George.
Keep an eye out and let us know where you have see the Black Country flag flying proudly. Give us a call on 01384 567678, write in to us, or email jworkman@blackcountry bugle.co.uk.