Friday, 27 July 2012
Olympic Coventry - Godiva Awakes
Though as I write we are a couple of hours away
from the beginning of the Olympic Ceremony
which will officially open the 2012 Games,
here in Coventry the games have already begun.
As you can see the exclusive Olympic rings are evident in the city,
as is the welcome for our visitors.
We are already into the third day
of the Olympic football competition
being played out here in the former Ricoh (now Olympic) Arena.
(I have to admit I am not a great fan of the Olympics
but can boast about the ingenuity and industry of Coventry,
as the Olympic torches used for these 2012 Games
were designed and made here in the city.)
At this moment we can only surmise
what the Opening Ceremony in London will be.
There are hints that Britain's history will be rolled out
in one form or another.
Here in Coventry we are in no doubt that our summer festivities,
continues the story of the Lady, Godiva,
who is very much part of our city, and our country's history.
The centrepiece of a weekend
of street theatre and carnival is to be
The Awakening of Godiva.
She is the heroine who speaks uniquely
of the need for justice, courage, and hope,
in the face of oppression and injustice,
so she remains a meaningful figurehead for our celebrations.
I am slightly amazed to be taking part in the carnival in her honour,
albeit I will merely be one of the hundreds
taking part in the procession.
I am hopeful my ancient legs will be up to dancing
through the streets on Sunday,
and that the threatened rain will be light and refreshing
and not a deluge.
I'll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime I hope you enjoy the
Olympic Opening Ceremony,
should you be watching.
Also that wherever your legs carry you this weekend
you will know joy and freedom,
as Godiva would have wished you.