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Byline: Simon Gilbert News reporter

ONE of the key characters in the legend of Lady Godiva has come home after decades in hiding.

A rare bust of legendary voyeur Peeping Tom has gone on display at a Coventry pub after being removed from the city in the 1960s.

The sculpture is the youngest of only five Toms and was commissioned by the late Tom Freeman in 1934.

It is now proudly displayed at the Rainbow Inn, in Allesley Village.

It is the first time the sculpture has been on display in over 50 years after surviving Second World War bombings and spending over four decades in the garden of Mr Freeman's descendants in Warwick.

The family decided to auction off the bust in 2007, when it was picked up by pub owners Dip and Nicki Dosanjh. The couple, who have been in the pub industry for over 10 years, decided bringing Tom home was the right thing to do.

Dips said: "He has been sitting in storage since we bought him at an auction.

"We originally planned to display the bust in one of our pubs in Nuneaton, but we decided to bring him home to Coventry.

"It is an important part of Coventry history and we want everyone to be able to see him."

The Tom was unveiled at the pub during a special ceremony attended by Coventry Lord Mayor Coun Gary Crookes and the city's modern day Lady Godiva Pru Porretta.

The story of Lady Godiva riding naked through the streets in the 11th century is famous worldwide.

The Peeping Tom character was said to have been struck blind after looking at Lady Godiva while others looked away to preserve her modesty.

The oldest Peeping Tom sculpture dates back to 1660 and is displayed in Cathedral Lanes.

Tom two can be found at Hertford Street and three at the Herbert Art Gallery. But mystery surrounds Tom number four who hasn't been seen in public since the 1980s.

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Famous face... Peeping Tom and Lady Godiva on the clock in Broadgate

Rainbow owner Dips Dosanjh joins Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Gary and Shirley Crookes unveil the statue with Lady Godiva Pru Porretta and John Brassington, Peeping Tom, aka Peeping Tom, offering up the pub's new Peeping Tom Pie
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jan 13, 2014
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