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5 OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE BLACK COUNTRY...

1. Faggots and grey peas. The signature Black Country dish. Faggots were developed as a way of using up all the bits of a pig. Grey 'pays' are a traditional Bonfire Night treat, served with diced bacon and pearl barley.

2. Aynuk and Ayli. Two mythical characters from the region who feature in a large number of local jokes. They were personified by comedy duo John Plant and Alan Smith, who performed across the Midlands from 1984.

3. Lizzie Wiggins. The "Duchess of Dudley" is qeen of the Black Country comedy circuit. She has toured with Danny La Rue and Ken Dodd.

4. Noddy Holder. Lead singer with legendary glam rock band Slade, Noddy has become the roaring voice of the Black Country. He appeared as country. He appeared as classical music teacher Neville Holder in ITV comedy The Grimleys. 5. The dialect. It's a confusing tongue that retains traits of Early Modern English and Middle English. The traditional greeting is, "Ow B'ist?" |

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