Top of the charts ambition for Black Country anthem

A song celebrating the pride of the Black Country has been declared as the area’s official anthem as the 100 day countdown to the national day in the region’s honour begins.

With national Black Country Day coming up on July 14, community groups and individuals are continuing to work with Dudley Council, to ensure it is marked with a festival of activities.

And now with 100 days to go before the big day, Black Country band, The Empty Can, are looking to break into the charts with their charity song ‘I Vow to Thee Black Country’.

The song, a Black Country version of the patriotic classic, I Vow to Thee My Country, goes on pre-order sale during May ahead of a May 27 release date, after being acclaimed as the Black Country anthem by locals on popular Facebook page The only way is Dudley.

Chief social worker for England visits Dudley

England’s first chief social worker for adults, Lyn Romeo, visited Dudley today (Thursday 3 April) to learn how social work and helping people to live independently is being transformed in the borough.

During her visit Lyn witnessed the community, access and dementia social work teams in action. She also had a chance to talk directly with social workers and learn from their experiences.

Help us win historic EU vote

Chris Kelly, Member of Parliament for Dudley South, is urging people in Dudley and the Black Country to help the Conservatives in their bid to secure the first EU referendum in 40 years.

This follows news that the Prime Minister has launched a new campaign website,, which makes it simple for people to join the campaign to back the Bill about to go through Parliament, which will pave the way for a vote in 2017, after a full renegotiation. aims to “build public pressure, to give people a voice, and to urge MPs from other parties to listen to their constituents.”

Paediatric consultant to be honoured as Freeman of the Borough

A Walsall paediatric consultant and charity fundraiser will be presented as an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in recognition of his achievements in Walsall over the last 30 years.

Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE, who has been instrumental in establishing various breakthroughs in medicine for children and holds the highest award of Clinical excellence at the Manor hospital, will be presented with the honour at a special council meeting on Thursday at 6pm.

Left alone to die by who? The little girl found dead in a wet cot

An underweight little girl died after being left alone in a wet cot by a window for more than four hours – following months of ‘wrangling’ by two social service teams about who should look after her.

Sixty recommendations have now been drawn up by Sandwell and Dudley councils after the case of tragic 18-month-old Keidey-Ellese Earp was not picked up in time by the authorities after her family moved house.

An inquest heard that court care proceedings by social workers, who had been monitoring her case for seven months over concerns that she was underweight and failing to thrive, was launched just two days before her death.

An expert hired to investigate the case said court action should have been taken ‘considerably’ earlier.

The cause of the girl’s death may never be known after a coroner recorded an open verdict, but said it was probably due to the cold conditions she was left to lie in.

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