THE Black Country flag flew at the top of Britain’s highest peak after a group of intrepid politicians conquered Ben Nevis.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin along with mayor’s consort Cllr Adam Aston, deputy mayor Cllr Steve Waltho and armed forces champion Cllr Dave Tyler climbed the mountain in honour of a Dudley hero – mountain climber and peace campaigner Bert Bissell.

The team, who completed their challenge on August 6, has now raised more than £2,000 in donations, half of which go to Action Heart and Guide Dogs with the rest being split between the Children’s Unit at Russells Hall Hospital, the Royal British Legion and Black Country Fast Aid to support the region's ambulances.

Ian Austin MP said: “We had a tough climb in awful weather, but it was all worth it when we saw Bert’s memorial at the summit and planted the Black Country flag.

“It’s inspiring to think that Bert made the climb 107 times up until the age of 91, and the support we’ve received goes to show his enduring legacy.

“I’m really grateful to everyone who has made a donation, I know this will make a big difference to local charities.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the good causes can do so at