Black Country Bugle
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The Black Country Bugle is a paid-for weekly publication, which highlights the industrial heritage, history, legends, local humour and readers' stories, relating to the Black Country region, which forms the western half of the West Midlands conurbation of England.
The paper was established in 1972 in Halesowen, by the Founding Editor Harry Taylor, and his co-partners Derek Beasley and David James. The trio had previously worked together on a free local paper, with Taylor editing the paper and writing the majority of the editorial, and Beasley and James selling adverts, as was the case in the early years of the Black Country Bugle.
"The Bugle will show you fascinating glimpses of our region's history, bring to vivid life its legendary characters, trace its antiquity and your ancestry over the centuries" — so wrote Harry Taylor in the launch issue in April 1972.
The Black Country Bugle moved its headquarters from Halesowen to Amblecote in 1983, and then to High Street, Cradley Heath, where it has remained since 1989. The publication, initially produced on a monthly basis, became a weekly in 1998, and has been part of Staffordshire Newspapers since 2001.
Rob Taylor, the son of Harry Taylor, the founder of the Bugle, took over as editor in 1993.
The 1000th edition of the paper was published in October 2011 
Format and appearance
The paper is printed in a tabloid format, and since January 2012 has been printed in full colour on an improved quality paper stock, though the nostalgic nature of its content means that many of the photographs supplied are black and white.
Although the paper concentrates on the Black Country of former years, focusing on the local history and culture of the region, a certain amount of up-to-date local news is included. Amongst other things, the paper features photographs sent in by the public, curious objects brought into the Bugle office, short stories, anecdotes of olden days, historical essays, and letters and appeals from people researching their family trees. It often features articles and poems written in the Black Country dialect. A typical edition of the Bugle would have 2 or 3 photographs on the front cover contributed by readers, with some accompanying text.
- John Butterworth
- Gavin Jones
- John Workman
- Dan Shaw
- Carol Cook
- Josie Jasper
- Janet Oakey
- Jan Lloyd
Regular writers for the Bugle include: Gail Middleton, who writes 'Female Focus' and Gordon Hensman, who writes 'Weatherview' based on the latest information from Dudley Weather Station, which he operates. Dave Green contributes illustrations each week. Edward Dyas the author and freelance journalist /business man wrote for the Bugle for 25 years from both America and the USA. He was a close friend of the Bugle founder Harry Taylor. Dyas still writes the occasional article for The Bugle.
- "John Butterworth MBE made Black Country Bugle editor four years after Shropshire redundancy".
- "HOW IT ALL STARTED ONE THOUSAND EDITIONS AGO".
- Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012
- Bugle Articles dated 1978-2012