Giant Godiva puppet visits Northampton today

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A 33ft woman from Coventry will visit Northampton today to pick up a pair of size 72 boots which have been made for her in the town.

The massive Lady Godiva puppet will be “driven” to Northampton by a team of 100 cyclists.

Once it arrives in the town, it will be kitted out with a pair of leather boots, which were designed by Northamptonshire riding boot maker, Horace Batten, and Northampton shoe designer, Guy West.

Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, Councillor Brandon Eldred (Con, East Hunsbury), said: “This is a thrilling spectacle and I’m really pleased our town has the honour of welcoming Godiva on her journey.

“We’re one of just a handful of towns chosen to host the celebration as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad celebrations and this promises to be a day to remember.”

The Godiva puppet is due to arrive in Northampton at about 3.30pm on Tuesday. After arriving in the town’s Market Square, the sculpture will tour the town before heading off to London.

Godiva will arrive in Northampton on Tuesday, July 31.

3.30pm: Godiva arrives at the Market Square.

4.30pm: A parade of performers will leave the town’s museum carrying Godiva’s boots.

4.45pm: Parade arrives at the Market Square where Godiva will receive her boots.

5.15pm: Godiva walks along Abington Street, St Giles Terrace, St Giles Street and Wood Hill.