FEB 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Mayor Looks Forward To Queen's Visit
The Lord Mayor of Coventry has spoken
of her delight at the news that the Queen and HRH Prince Philip are to
visit the city.
Next Friday 3 March will see the royals arrive at Coventry Railway
Station and embark on a programme of events centering on World War II
and the contribution made by workers on the home front.
Mayor of Coventry Cllr Mrs Joan Wright believes the choosing of the
city as the location for the event is a great honour.
"It is wonderful that Coventry has been chosen and is a huge
boost to the national and international image of the city.
"I have no doubt that because of the blitz and the history
of Coventry people realised that World War II was something very
close to the heart of the place.
"The Queen last visited the city in Easter 1995 and that was
a great day for Coventry and I am sure this will be as well."
And she admitted that the visit will have great significance for
her as she comes to the end of her mayoral term.
"I finish my year on 18 May and this will certainly be a
great memory to take from that and one for the family scrapbook.
"I am looking forward to it and am praying the weather holds
and it is a great day for everyone involved, because a lot of people
have put a great deal of time into the organisation of the
Spokesman for Coventry Cathedral Lawrence Mortimer said that the
day showed the respect that the city is held in.
"Coventry Cathedral is seen as a symbol of peace and
reconciliation world wide and that is why it has been chosen for
"It is perhaps ironic that the Cathedral is seen as a more
important building outside the city than it is within Coventry.
"There will be a mix of older people who served in the home
guard and schoolchildren who are keen to show their respect so the
day will have a number of different emphases."
The royal couple will also visit the Council House for lunch and
the Herbert Art Gallery to see an exhibition of local home front