NOV 00] CITY
CENTRE COMPANY NEWS
Tanni To Trip The
gold medallist Tanni Grey-Thompson will be in Coventry on Sunday with
evangelist J John, the Sky Blues' Magnus Hedman and other celebrities to
turn the Christmas lights on.
who scooped four gold medals at the Sydney Games this summer, will
accompany Coventry's Olympic 800 metres star Andy Hart and UK Athletics
supremo Dave Moorcroft.
City goalkeeper Magnus Hedman and evangelist J John will also be there to
help the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Sheila Collins, illuminate the new
will be music, fireworks and a Christmas parade, which will wind its way
through the city streets.
Lawless, events and promotions manager for the City Centre Company, has
organised the day's events and is confident of attracting another large
are hoping around 15,000 people will come into the city centre for the
event which is always a highlight of the festivities.
Moorcroft promised to bring along some Olympians and we are delighted
that Tanni and Andy will be with us.
was the star of the Paralympics and is the biggest name in her sport by
a long way.
represented not only Great Britain but also Coventry out in Sydney,
while Dave is a former world record holder."
grand parade will start at 4pm and will travel from Priory Street, to High
St, Broadgate, Ironmonger Row, Cross Cheaping, Trinity Street, Broadgate
and then back to the start.
Collins will officially welcome guests and turn the lights on at 5pm, also
sparking the fireworks display.
extra £40,000 has been spent on decorations this year, making a total of
£120,000 on an array of glittering set displays and twinkling lights.
approaching the city centre from the southern side will see that
Greyfriars Green has become a focal point with new free-standing lighted
sculptures centred on the Christmas story.
western entrance to the shopping area through City Arcade will be a tunnel
of light with a shimmering canopy of new displays and special attention is
also being paid to Hertford Precinct, the Godiva canopy and Cathedral
Precinct shopping area, as usual, will be ablaze with colour, and the
centrepiece is a 30 ft Christmas tree specially selected from the Wyre Forest..