Youngsters from across the Black Country are being urged to get involved in the borough’s annual celebrations by painting stones and sharing pictures online.

A number of events normally run throughout July as part of the Black Country Festival, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have had to look at alternative ways to run the event in 2020.

A series of videos and images, using the hashtag #BCfestivalonline will be shared online via the council’s social-media channels to mark the special month. 

Borough residents are being urged to get involved, but to do so safely, by putting up flags, sharing photos and stating why they're proud to live in the Black Country.

As part of the festival, the mayor is also asking the borough’s creative public to produce the picture or photograph that best captures the spirit of the Black Country.

The winning entry will be framed and take pride of place in the mayor’s parlour later this year.

There's no criteria for entries, but they must be submitted and available for display in the Council House.

The mayor’s parlour is used for civic occasions, welcoming high-profile visitors to the borough, as well as community groups and charities. Hundreds of people will be able to view the winning picture.

People are being asked to submit their entries on social media via #BCFestivalOnline. The mayor will choose the winning design. Entries can also be emailed to capa.events@dudley.gov.uk  

All entries need to be submitted by 14 August.