Coventry celebrates Dame Goodyver’s Day

Article by Steve Williams Coventry Telegraph
Crowds of schoolchildren and residents came together to celebrate the history of the city’s most famous benefactor.

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Dame Goodyver Day event at Coventry Cathedral Ruins.

Coventry schoolchildren and residents came together yesterday to celebrate the history of the city’s most famous benefactor, Lady Godiva .

The highlight of the ‘ Dame Goodyver’s Day ’ celebrations was a dramatic procession which set out from Coventry Cathedral through the city centre, featuring large banners and live drums and 18 ‘Godiva Sisters’ of different faiths and races, wearing traditional dress.

Crowds were also wowed by multi-cultural dances and songs as they congregated by the Lady Godiva statue in Broadgate to watch the spectacle. The event was attended by members of the public, local schoolchildren and dignitaries including the Lord Mayor.

Dame Goodyver’s Day was organised by Coventry’s modern-day ‘ Lady Godiva ’ and city ambassador, Pru Poretta, in collaboration with Heritage Open Days.

Pru resurrected the Dame Goodyver’s Day tradition in 1999 – more than 500 years after it was first celebrated on the day of Lady Godiva’s death in 1067.