GALLERY: Godiva Awakes in Milton Keynes

Godiva Awakes at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey
Godiva Awakes at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey
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LADY Godiva visited Milton Keynes yesterday (Wednesday).

Godiva Awakes is a cultural Olympiad project, featuring a 10 meter high puppet, currently travelling from Coventry to London via a cyclopedia – a procession of 100 cyclists. It arrived in Milton Keynes after leaving Northampton at 9.30am.

Godiva Awakes on the A5,near Stony Stratford, and at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey

Godiva Awakes on the A5,near Stony Stratford, and at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey

Due to the height and weight of the puppet the cyclists can only travel at around 5km per hour.

The procession arrived at Bradwell Abbey at around 3pm to visit the City Discovery Centre, before heading on to Campbell Park.

The cyclopedia event was followed by a special Proms in the Park evening in the park.

Prior to her arrival at 4.30pm a series of Godiva Awakes Workshops took place in Campbell Park. Hosted by MK Gallery’s Learning Team they included free activities such as puppet making and magical stories.

Godiva Awakes on the A5,near Stony Stratford, and at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey

Godiva Awakes on the A5,near Stony Stratford, and at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey

Lady Godiva was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants.

But the puppet Godiva is dressed in a beautifully handcrafted, intricately embroidered coat. The coat is adorned with images and text that tell the story of the rich history of the West Midlands. It was created by an award winning team of regional textile and glass artists.

She set off from Coventry on Sunday and will eventually arrive at Waltham Forest in London on Sunday, August 5.

Godiva’s arrival in Milton Keynes was commemorated by a Proms in the Park between 8-10pm in Campbell Park last night.

She will then headed to Midsummer Place Shopping Centre where she stayed overnight. The shopping centre remained opened for the public to walk through and view the puppet as she rested.

The puppet was awoken for breakfast at 7.30am prior to her departure from Milton Keynes at 9am this morning.

Milton Keynes City Orchestra performed at the Campbell Park Amphitheatre last night. Led by founder conductor Hilary Davan Wetton the evening consisted of a programme of traditional Proms music and some well-known tunes and concluded with a firework finale.

The free Proms event was preceeded by live entertainment from a host of singers and arts groups.

Click here to see our Godiva Awakes gallery with pictures by David Langfield and Dino Vescera