I must have missed something.
I've been seeing lots of these flags popping up around here over the last few months and wondered what they signified. Its the Black Country flag no less!
Apparently a competition was launched in 2012 to design a Black Country flag and a girl from a local school did just that and impressed the judges with her design.
The flag owes its design to a quote made in 1862 by Elihu Burritt, the American Consul in Birmingham. He described the region as “black by day and red by night” — a result of the local furnaces giving out smoke and grime during the day and glowing by night. The flag background is therefore both black and red, with the chains showing a typical product manufactured in the area. The central white area represents the glass cone, a symbol of the region's glass-making heritage since 1790.
The 'Black Country' comprises a number of small towns which were dominated by heavy industry such as Stourbridge (popular for its Stuart Crystal and glass making industry), Lye, (nail making and galvanising) and Netherton (chain making - and where the Titanic's anchor and chains were made) to name but a few. Titanic's centre anchor was, at one time, the world's largest anchor.
The Black Country does not include Birmingham and most Black Country people will deny all knowledge of any link with the city! The folk of the Black Country and Birmingham share a friendly rivally, the Black Country people being 'yam yams' and the Brummies being 'yo yos'. The words are taken from the dialect - which is a whole different post entirely!
The old Black Country saying goes - "Black Country born an' bred, Strong in th' arm and thick in the yed!"
I'm a proud BC girl and similarly get a tad annoyed when people intimate that I'm a Brummie! There are very subtle differences in the accents of each of the Black Country towns and not even the best mimic can pull off a true broad Dudley dialect.
Gorra goo now me luvvers! See yer all soon!!