Coventry were today urged not to drop one of the city's most famous figures from their
PORRETTA AS LADY GODIVA
[photograph taken September 1999]
The Executive Co-ordinating Committee will
meet on Wednesday to discuss the possible removal of Lady Godiva from their identity, but
Pru Porretta, who portrays Godiva in the city, believes it would be a great shame.
"There are cities all over the country that are crying
out for a historical figure like Lady Godiva to latch onto.
"You have to remember that although she is famous for
the ride through the city, she was actually responsible for bringing business to the city
through her involvement with the church and attracting pilgrims.
"She is synonoumous with this city and she is a figure
of history for life, and I would consider the change of Millennium as another way to
commemorate her, not a point at which to drop her."
Porretta now hopes that the council will continue using the
image of Godiva on horseback, but believes that either way she will remain a firm part of
"Whatever happens people will not forget and when you
look around Coventry there are Godiva Harriers, Godiva Festivals and firms that have
picked up on the name."
This view was echoed by Peter Walters, Head of Press and PR
with partnership company Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, who said that Godiva was a
recognisable symbol far outside Coventry.
"As part of the Imaging Working Group, we brokered the
new city slogan Coventry Inspires. We run the Godiva Festival and are quite happy with
"We also use Pru Porretta and there is no doubt that
Lady Godiva does strike a chord with people after all it was a question on Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire? over the weekend!
"It is little like Robin Hood and Nottingham, one is
associated with the other. Nottingham toyed with ditching Robin Hood but decided against
it and I think that was probably a wise decision.
"Whether it is dropped from the city letterheads is
really up to Coventry City Council."