'Why I'm proud to be from the West Midlands' – Local writers reveal what they love about the region

Written by on June 5, 2019

The West Midlands offers a little bit of everything.

There’s culture and history, bars and restaurants, and a huge choice of parks and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore.

But what makes our region a little bit more special than everywhere else in the UK? We’ve asked some of the people who know it the best.

Versatile, welcoming, exciting and multi-cultural are just a few of the words a group of our writers have used to explain the area they love to live in.

And now it’s easier than ever to get around the region and explore new places thanks to West Midlands Railways’ new timetable, which means you’ll never have to 
wait long for the next train.

Here are just some of the reasons they’re proud to be from the West Midlands.

Fionnuala Bourke, Birmingham (Commercial Editor)

“I’m a born and bred Brummie.

“I spent 10 years in London – at university and working afterwards – but as soon as I completed my journalism course, I couldn’t wait to get back to my home city.

“You can do everything here that you can do in London – theatre, concerts, events – and more; like buying an affordable house! The standard of living in Birmingham is getting better and better too.

“It’s such an exciting place to be right now, as the city centre undergoes one of the biggest re-developments in Europe and we prepare to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Josh Layton, Warwickshire (News journalist) 

“The West Midlands is a multi-cultural place where global lines have met and melded. My own background is a case in point.

“My ancestors include Catholic tenant farmers in Warwickshire who suffered for their faith in the decades after the Gunpowder Plot, and my late grandmother, who was part of the Windrush Generation, arrived here with little other than what she wore and carried.

“A few generations down the line and I am free to walk, study, run and drink local Church Farm ale in my ‘ends’. Growing up in South Warwickshire, the cultural influences of the Sikh community helped along my incorrigible sweet tooth and gave me glimpses into another culture that brought Diwali and samosas into my schooling.

“There’s so much more that will connect the region with the world in years to come, with Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and Coventry’s UK City of Culture Year 2021.”

Becky Weaver, Shropshire (Lifestyle journalist) 

“The West Midlands is bubbling with culture and that’s one of the main reasons I’ll always be proud to call it home. Flicking through the history books, you can see just how much it’s developed over the years.

“From the extensive list of attractions to fine dining restaurants and festivals  – there’s so much to love about coming from the West Midlands. It’s versatile, welcoming and is starting to host some of the most prestigious events in the whole of the country.

“And who could forget wonderful Birmingham? The jewel in the crown of the West Midlands, the city alone makes me proud to come from such a successful part of the country.”

Sanjeeta Bains, Black Country (Food journalist)

“I’m very proud to live in the Black Country in the West Midlands.

“Everyone knows we have a rich industrial heritage. The area was said to be black from all the smoke from the many thousands of iron working foundries and forges back in the mid-nineteenth century.

“But it’s certainly not all disused factories. We have wonderful parks and green open spaces.

“I’m very lucky to live close to Sandwell Valley Country Park – which has sprawling woodland, nature trails and pools as well as a farm.

“I also love walking alongside Forge Mill Lake where you can spot a variety of wildfowl. Don’t be fooled by the name – the Black Country is bright and beautiful.”

The great news is that, if you live in the West Midlands, it’s now easier than ever to get across the region to try some of the food you’ve just read about.

West Midlands Railway is proud to be investing millions into the West Midlands. Making it easier and more convenient to travel by train.

Our leisure time is precious, and making the most of those weekends and evenings is important to everyone.

West Midlands Railway is helping us get out and about more so we can do just that. It’s all about the fun!

The great news is that, if you live in the West Midlands, it’s now easier than ever to get across the region to try some of the food you’ve just read about.

West Midlands Railway is investing millions to make it easier to travel by train.

Our leisure time is precious, and making the most of those weekends and evenings is important to everyone.

West Midlands Railway is helping us get out and about more so we can do just that. It’s all about the fun!

A new timetable is about to arrive

A new timetable was recently rolled out across the network, introducing new services in the morning and evening, later trains home and more seats on those important peak trains.

For starters, 
getting to and 
from Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford, Shifnal, Codsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham 
at weekends 
is going to be 
far easier, with 
an increase in services meaning 
you will never have to 
wait long for the next train.

There will also be new direct links between Nuneaton, Bedworth, Coventry Arena, Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

Electric trains will be introduced on the Chase Line following the £100million electrification of the route between Walsall and 
Rugeley Trent Valley. That means faster trains with more carriages and extra seats.

From local stations along the Chase Line, there will be an hourly service to London Euston and a half-hourly service to Birmingham Airport from Monday to Saturday. On the line from Birmingham to Lichfield, stations including Erdington, Chester Road, Wylde Green, 
Sutton Coldfield and Four Oaks will all be able to enjoy later trains home Monday to Friday from Birmingham.

And weekend travel will be far easier as well, with extra services being brought in so there will never be a long wait for the next train. There will always be time for that all-important pudding too, as nights out can go on longer – the last train leaving Birmingham towards Coventry will now be later.

Brand new trains are fast approaching

Free wifi and on-board entertainment will soon be standard across the whole of the West Midlands Railway network.

Brand new trains are being introduced within a couple of years across various parts of the network, providing comfier and better services around the region.

West Midlands Railway wants 
to get people out and about -discovering the amazing West Midlands region.

The railway network stretches far and wide and helps connect some great days out and things to do.With affordable prices and convenient train times, what better start to a great family day out, 
a lunch with friends or a cultural visit to a slice of history just a train ride away?

And if buying 
train tickets is a bit of a chore, try the West Midlands Railway app. No queues, no paper, no problem!

Richard Brooks, Customer Experience Director for West Midlands Railway, says: “What’s not to love? More seats, increased frequency, later trains, free wifi, plus shiny 
new trains coming down the line.

“We’re really proud 
to be supporting the -ambitions of the West Midlands region.”

The West Midlands 
is going places. And now 
it has a rail network to help it get there.

  •   To find out more about how West Midlands Railway are investing in your area and
    to buy tickets visit westmidlandsrailway.co.uk

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via Birmingham Mail - Rugeley News

From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/special-features/why-im-proud-west-midlands-16376008


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