18th Nov, 2017

Hundreds take to the streets in memory of Lady Godiva

Coventry Editorial 18th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COLOURFUL procession made its way through the city to celebrate the heritage of Lady Godiva.

‘Dame Goodyvers Daye’ is held each September to mark the anniversary of the death of Coventry’s most famous export in 1067.

Starting at the Cathedral Ruins, 18 Godiva Sisters – each representing a different culture or religion – made their way to the statue of Lady Godiva in Broadgate.

Drumming, music and dancing accompanied the sisters on Friday, September 12, who were dressed in traditional costumes from around the world.

Schools and community groups from across the city also took part and performed a song titled ‘Lady on the Horse’ written especially for the event.

The event was part of the Heritage Open Days, which saw historic venues such as Cheylesmore Manor, the Lunt Roman Fort, Coventry Watch Museum and City of Coventry Freeman’s Guild Room, opened up to the public for free.

These godivas had travelled from Africa for the gathering, 38.014.003.cov.jm12

Lady and baby Godivas. 38.014.003.cov.jm15

Japanese godivas in kimonos. 38.014.003.cov.jm16


Each godiva carried an embroidered standard depicting their country’s godiva. 38.014.003.cov.jm5


An African flute player welcomed the godivas and guests. 38.014.003.cov.jm8

Indian Godiva. 38.014.003.cov.jm6

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