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Dudley councillor Pete Lowe and Ian Marrey helped Mr Sawers get the festival off the ground and both attended many events over the weekend to show their support.

Stars turns like Aynuk were joined by Emma Rollason as Dolly Allen and comedy and stage act The Fizzogs.

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"It is a festival by the people, for the people, and it is bostin' to be celebrating Black Country Day with everyone coming together like this," said the 55 year old from Pensnett, Brierley Hill. "We could not have hoped for it to go better this weekend and we have to thank everyone who helped us and those who supported it.

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"We have only scraped the surface in terms of the economic benefits the festival could bring in the future."

Thomas, 83, from Dudley and Steve Edwards from Brierley HillAynuk, whose real name is Alan Smith, today said: "I'm so glad that at last we've got an appointed Black Country Day.

July 14 was chosen as it is the anniversary of the invention of the world's first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine, which was first built in the Black Country in 1712.

Smoke bellowed from the replica Newcomen Converse Shoes Models Engine which was fired up at the heritage museum in honour of the festival.

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President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Ninder Johal, today added: "The Black Country has so much to offer creative industries and tourism.

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Organisers said they had been inundated with calls in recent days and weeks from people keen to thrown their own events.

"We have the most friendly people there's an old saying, 'a Black Countrymon will give you anything he ay got'."

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Schoolgirl Gracie Sheppard, aged 14, from Stourbridge, designed the Black Country Flag as part of a contest run by Black Country Living Museum.

Over the weekend, a brilliant Black Country Festival brought together thousands of people ahead of the big day.

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Musician and singer Black Country Gaz devised the festival in November after finding last year's inaugural Black Country Day passed with little ceremony.

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But today the festival founder declared the weekend's event's as 'bostin' and the perfect way to herald the day itself.

This included the return of A Black Country Night Out featuring stand up comics and live music in the cavenous surroundings of the Cone.

Today, local dignitaries, music stars and celebrities will tour the region in an open top bus. adding a musical touch to proceedings.

Pete Waterman with the Black Country flag at the Wolverhampton Black Country ShowAnd she proudly flew the flag outside the museum's Newcomen Engine saying: "I'm very proud to have designed the flag especially with is being on show at lots of different places."

Major attractions such as the Black Country Living Museum and the Red House Glass Cone played host to many of the main celebrations this weekend.

Dozens of events across the whole area pulled in huge crowds over the weekend as local celebrities helped mark the first real celebration of what makes our towns great.

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Councillor Lowe, who is Dudley Council's deputy leader, said: "What the whole Black Country Festival event has demonstrated is the the way the communities have come together to take pride in the towns and areas in which they live in.

The design was inspired by Elihu Burrit, the American Consul to Birmingham who described the region as 'black by day and red by night'.

Music producer Pete Waterman, Steve Bull, Lenny Henry and comedy legend Aynuk have all thrown their weight behind the big day chosen to commemorate one of the region's most historic achievements.

"We will make sure this continues in the future," he said.

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