Cash boost for Coventry's Godiva Day - The Coventry Observer

Cash boost for Coventry's Godiva Day

Coventry Editorial 20th Aug, 2023   0

COVENTRY’S Godiva Trust will receive a share of £170,000 of National Lottery funding to celebrate a key moment in the city’s history.

The cash will be used to help celebrate Dame Goodyvers Daye, which will bring together women and children from many diverse ethnic communities through food, art, poetry, song and dance.

The free event, which features a colourful procession, is held every year in the city, with last year’s spectacle also remembering Queen Elizabeth II just days after her death.

Last year saw several dignitaries and over 150 children from 17 different schools take part in the procession.

Dame Goodyver’s Daye was first celebrated in Coventry in the 1400s.

Around 100 community-led events will be happening across the West Midlands on September 9 and 10 using the National Lottery cash.

The community weekend is led by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and aims to celebrate the strength and diversity of the region’s communities.

Communities across the region were invited to apply for grants between £500 and £2,000, to host activities.

Mr Street said: “We know just what a remarkable source of strength our region’s diverse communities continue to be.

“That’s why I’m so pleased that – after a Covid-induced hiatus – the Mayor’s Community Weekend is back.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for local people to come together – celebrating community spirit at its very best. I cannot wait to see it all in action.”


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