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All Aboard For Godiva Procession

Community groups are being invited to take part in this year’s Godiva procession, which has been adapted to remember the old Coventry carnival.

Organisers are hoping to get 2000 people for the year 2000 for the historic walk that formally starts the Godiva festival.

This year’s route from Coventry Cathedral to the War Memorial Park has been extended to take in a section of Kenilworth Road.

It will now go down Trinity Street, along Corporation Street and Queen Victoria Road, past Greyfriars Green and enter the park at the entrance by Earlsdon Avenue South

Many people told organisers Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions that the road offers an excellent view of the procession.

It used to be a vantage point for the Coventry carnival, which ended several years ago.

Procession organiser Jane Wynn said the walk would be headed by Coventry’s Cross of Nails, which is only brought out on special occasions.

Pru Poretta, dressed as Lady Godiva will follow on a horse, and other civic dignitaries will also take part.

Two bands have been booked to take part – the Coventry Corps of Drums and the The Royal British Legion Triumph Pipe Band.

The brownies and various residents groups and communities groups have agreed to take part.

But Jane said more people were being sought to make it a procession to remember.

She said:

“The broad theme is yesterday and today. While we want to remember the historical significance of the procession, we don’t want to leave out any cultural groups that have come to the city in more recent times.

“Anyone who feels that they belong in Coventry is welcome to take part.”

Anyone interested in getting involved can call the festival freephone on 0500 777220 or Jane on 024 7683 1387.

People and groups taking part are:

Lady Godiva (Pru Porretta) on horseback with attendants
Coventry's Town Crier, Stan Bacon
Cross of Nails, Provost and Coventry Cathedral representation
Lord Mayor and Consort
Deputy Lord Mayor and Consort
Councillors, Chief Officers and other representatives of Coventry City Council
Coventry Corps of Drums
The Royal British Legion Triumph Pipe Band
Coventry Watch Museum Project
Mary, Queen of Scots (Olive Bailey & friends)
Wheatsheaf Players
Coventry Mummers
Mums & toddlers, Whitmoor Rd Health Centre
People to People Community Theatre Group
Coombe Abbey Hotel
Coventry Guild of Tour Guides
St George (Roger Bailey)
St Augustine of Hippo (Ron Clarke)
Tile Hill South Residents Association
Linfield Girls
Godiva Kids, Godiva Harriers
Local Action for Families and Children
Joseph Cash Primary School
Pippas Unwaged Women's Arts Project
17th Sacred Heart Coventry North Brownies
St Finbarr's Social Club, including Irish dancers
Coventry HF Rambling Club
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Coventry Community Circus

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