OCT 00] CITY
CENTRE COMPANY NEWS
Moorcroft To Bring
Light To The City
former world record holder David Moorcroft is on his starting blocks ready
to switch on the city's Christmas lights.
former 5,000 metres world record holder will be presiding over the grand
switch-on on 19 November at 5pm, and is hoping to bring some of the
competitors from this year’s Olympic Games with him.
who still lives in the city, competed at the Olympic Games himself and was
a Commonwealth Games medallist before becoming chief executive of UK
Millett, chief executive of the City Centre Company which is organising
the event, said Moorcroft would be transforming himself from guest to
celebrity for the day.
is a well-known and hugely successful figure in the sports world and is
also a Coventry kid who still lives in the city.
has been a guest at the last few Christmas ceremonies and this time we
decided to ask him to do the honours. He said he will try to bring along
some leading athletes as well so it should be a great occasion."
will be joined by the Lord Mayor of Coventry Sheila Collins and both will
take part in the Christmas parade.
is a great honour to be asked and it will certainly be different being
on that side of the ceremony. My family go along every year and we
always have a good time so we are looking forward to it.
will be bringing along some local Olympian athletes and it should be a
really enjoyable start to the festivities."
15,000 people are expected to flood into the city centre for the event to
se the lights, which have had another £40,000 spent on them this year.
Lawless, events and promotions officer for the City Centre Company, has
organised the day's events and is confident of attracting another large
Christmas switch-on is always a highlight at this time of year. Twelve
months ago we estimated that around 15,000 people came into the centre
of Coventry to watch the lights go on and there was a great community
will have music provided by Kix 96 and Mercia FM and the grand parade
which will travel through High St, Broadgate, Ironmonger Row, Cross
Cheaping, Trinity Street, Broadgate and then back to the start."
parade normally involves around 30 floats of different sizes and Gillian
is looking for more people to come forward and take part.
would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in putting a
float into the parade, or, alternatively, anyone who has a lorry and
driver who would be prepared to carry a float.
floats can be from community and youth groups or local companies and can
be along any theme but hopefully on traditional Christmas lines.
who have entered in the past have had a fantastic time and it really
kicks off Christmas in the right way.”