The Diocese of Worcester includes parishes in Dudley as well as Worcestershire with the Bishop of Dudley working alongside the Bishop of Worcester throughout the whole diocese.

The Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, said: “The communities of the Black Country are rightly proud of their rich heritage and this spirit is summed up in the design of the Black Country flag. That's why I'm delighted that on Black Country Day our flag will be flying from the tower of Worcester Cathedral.”

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Revd Peter Atkinson, said: “Worcester Cathedral is proud to be the mother church of a diocese which includes an important part of the Black Country. We value our connections to the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and are delighted to mark Black Country Day by flying the flag.”

14 July was chosen as Black Country Day to mark the region’s industrial heritage – 14 July is the anniversary of the invention of the World’s first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine, built in the Black Country in 1712. The aim of the day is to create a sense of community, leading to an increased involvement in cultural, educational and social activities, creating a better place to live.


The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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