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Children Gather To Mark Millennium

Looking forward to the funInstead of a dome, Coventry is having a series of tents to mark the millennium – but they will still bring more visitors than the London attraction!

More than 7,000 schoolchildren from Coventry are preparing for possibly the biggest gathering of young people the same age in the city ever.

All Schools’ Day will be held in the Memorial Park next Thursday to allow Year five and six pupils from 87 Coventry schools to mark the millennium together.

The 7,122 pupils will be coming in two shifts to see a series of entertainers and displays covering the last 1,000 years of the city’s history.

And they will be joining together during the middle of the day for a moment of reflection.

The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Colin Bennetts, will be leading the moment of reflection with Lord Mayor Sheila Collins and 35 representatives of faiths in the city as the youngster together in a formation that will produce a peace symbol.

Weather permitting, a small aeroplane will fly overhead with a photographer in it to record the moment forever.

Children from the schools have been learning about the various characters in the city’s history as part of the Coventry Characters project.

These people will be coming to life in the park, along with street theatre artists and people demonstrating traditional crafts and traditions.

And there will also be an area devoted to the future, allowing the youngsters to say how they think life will change as they grow up.

Organisers Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions are putting the event on as part of a series of activities to mark the millennium. It follows the Millennium Eve tightrope walk and precedes a production of the Medieval Mystery plays later this summer.

The company thinks it could be the largest single gathering of children the same age in the city.

Organiser Gareth Jenkins said:

"We're delighted that so many schools have embraced the idea of this event.  We're determined to make it a fun day out for the children, which will also give them some food for thought."

Do you remember any larger events in Coventry for children? Perhaps you were at the Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951 and can tell us about them, or the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977.

Email with your memories and try and find your former classmates in our Find A Schoolfriend section.

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