MKCO show is full of promise

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ON Wednesday, the new city welcomes a really big visitor to the new city – well, how else would you describe a 10 metre tall puppet?

Godiva Awakes set off from Coventry (of course) on her mammoth journey to the Olympics, and Wednesday’s overnight stay in the new city is her third stop over.

To welcome her to our neck of the woods, a whole diary of free entertainment is being laid on at Campbell Park, starting at 4.30pm on the Entertainment Plateau with a cultural festival of live dance, music and workshops by MK Gallery.

A new version of Brewing Up, the tea extravaganza by Festive Road, is also expected to boil, from 5.30pm.

Visitors will be able to check out Godiva’s transport, the cyclopedia too.

A little on the ahem, large side to fit into your usual cab, and way too wide to make it inside an intercity train with ease, her journey is being powered by a team of 100 cyclists!

> The Proms in the Park spectacle was always an annual highlight, but has been missing from event listings the past few years.

But all that changes for the better with the return of the all-traditional proms this Wednesday evening, from 8pm.

MKCO founder Hilary Davan Wetton will be conducting, with soloist Martene Grimson letting his voice ring loud.

Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance and Land of Hope and Glory will surely be among the big sounds.

Time to reach for those jubilee flags once more and start waving – not least because admission, for the first time ever, is free.

A firework display will bring the night to an illuminating finale...

> Godiva will leave the concert after the first piece of music, and make tracks to Midsummer Place, where she will be spending the evening, before rising bright and early on Thursday morning and heading out on the next stage of her journey.