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Godiva supporters' cathedral vote fury; FUND LAUNCHED TO PUT SNUBBED COVENTRY HEROINE'S NAME ON SCREEN.

A CAMPAIGN has started to ensure Lady Godiva is rem-embered in Coventry Cathedral's new millennium chapel.

The 11th century heroine missed out by just five votes in the poll to find the three people who have contributed most to the city over the past 1,000 years.

The three top names will be inscribed on the planned millennium screen - the centrepiece of the new chapel.

But news of the final vote angered some people who believe Lady Godiva - synonymous with Coventry all over the world - should be included.

Coventry Cathedral has now agreed to set up a Godiva Fund for people to make donations of any size.

Once the fund has reached the pounds 1,000 needed for a name to be inscribed on the screen, Lady Godiva's name will follow the three winners - Sir Frank Whittle, John Gulson and James Starley.

Coventry's modern-day Lady Godiva, Pru Porretta, said: "If there had never been Lady Godiva then there probably would not have been the Coventry which followed.

"She set up the first cathedral and put the foundation stones in place for the whole city to develop. She was far, far more than a woman who just rode naked on a horse."

She added: "I will be giving as much as I can to the appeal and just wish I could afford to pay the whole pounds 1,000.

"It would be nice if companies and organisations who use the Godiva symbol or name gave something too."

Michael Mogan, development director of Coventry Cathedral Trust, said: "Everyone knows the importance of Lady Godiva to the city but the result of the poll was democratic."

Anyone who would like to contribute to the appeal should write to: The Godiva Fund, Coventry Cathedral Development Trust, 7 Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX.
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Author:Hart, Nigel
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 4, 2000
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