WE are all very grateful to The Bugle for the publicity it has given to Newtown Primary School in West Bromwich over the past few weeks and its lessons on Black Country heritage.
The children are amazing. Pupils as young as 8 are writing poems about their local heritage and, even though they are from a variety of cultural backgrounds, they are all preparing to celebrate Black Country Day.
The children came along with their parents and exhibited their poems and artwork in Wednesbury Library before reading it to a packed audience.
It was very hard to judge an overall winner and a second and a third in the poetry section, which were all featured on The Bugle's Ballads page.
Although I did initially agree to be the judge, Councillor Costigan has had more years than me campaigning for the Black Country and I asked if she would mind being the judge.
It is fair to say that she was quite rightly overwhelmed by the children and, after a great deal of difficulty selected a winner - Jackson Gardner (The Incredible Black Country). In second place was Joshua Orme (What put the Black into Black Country?) and in third place Ramneet Singh (The Amazing Black Country).
We are very grateful to Wednesbury Library for their hospitality and support. Best wishes.
Ian D. Henery.