Coventry UK City of Culture: How we're helping celebrate

Last weekend our officers and staff joined Coventry to mark the first City of Culture live event.

The Coventry Moves event had been the city’s best kept secret. With Covid restrictions in force the event was designed in such a way that it would ‘pop up’ and surprise residents before quickly moving on. However it was live-streamed with people encouraged to watch it at home.

Click here to see how we helped celebrate.

The policing operation involved local officers, PCSOs, specials and traffic officers coming together to make sure the event passed off safely.

It was a day when Coventry’s heritage was on display in spades, including live music and arts events.

There was also a motorcade to celebrate Coventry’s links with the car industry, with a wide range of vehicles from historic to electric taking part.

In honour of James Starley, father of the safety cycle, there was a bike procession, in which our officers, Sgt Jo Mclean and Sgt Kath Hartley, from Force

Response and our Public Protection Unit were participants. Then came the horse parade, with 14 ‘Lady Godivas’ on horseback converging onto the city centre from four different city suburbs.

All performers came together for a live-streamed finale in front of Coventry’s Cathedral before a ‘collective moment’ at 20:21. At that precise time neighbours were encouraged to collaborate by tuning into seven different radio stations, each one playing a separate part of a musical composition

The Policing team for Coventry City of Culture are using the cultural activity in the city to strengthen links with the communities, tackle youth violence and promote recruitment. We even have our own artist in residence, Kai Rufai.

You can keep up with the latest from the City of Culture policing team by following @CovPolice2021 on Twitter here.

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