Giant Godiva parades through Coventry for Olympic Games

Crowds gather to see Lady Godiva project Photo: ITV Central

Thousands of people are in Coventry this morning as an ambitious arts project for the Olympics takes to the streets.

A giant ten metre high Lady Godiva has been brought to life in her home city, and will embark on a journey from the West Midlands to London this week to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

10m tall Lady Godiva being pulled through Coventry Credit: ITV Central

This weekend is described by organisers as Godiva's "awakening". Tomorrow the cavalcade will head towards London stopping in Rugby tomorrow night, Northampton on Tuesday, then Luton, Hatfield, Waltham Abbey and Waltham. In each town, evening celebrations will be held during the week.

Godiva herself will be powered by a hundred cyclists. The "Godiva Awakes" is one of twelve public art projects commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.

Lady Govida moves through the city Credit: ITV Central

Godiva Awakes is described as "a world class piece of public art, made by mechanics, artists, theatre makers, puppeteers and engineers from Coventry, the region, nationally and internationally to the highest standards of contemporary craftsmanship."