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Virgin honours Coventry with Lady Godiva train

Published: Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Lady Godiva - Coventry Flag

Coventry Flag

Celebrating Coventry being UK City of Culture, a Virgin Train will be named Lady Godiva, and bear the city's new flag.

The latest train to be added to the fleet of Virgin Trains is going to have a very special connection to Coventry.

A part of Coventry will be making thousands of miles worth of railway journeys, as well as being seen by thousands of passengers every day.

The train will be named at an event on April 4, where after that, it will make its first journey as the Lady Godiva

The city's flag, which was unveiled in December after a competition run by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, will feature on front of the train.

Travel hundreds of miles

Amanda Hines, General Manager for Virgin Trains in the West Midlands enthused: “We’re delighted to be flying the flag for Coventry.

"Lady Godiva will clock up over 300,000 miles in the next 12 months and be seen the length and breadth of the West Coast route from Liverpool to London, Birmingham to Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and of course Coventry.”

The train won't just be passing through Coventry, but will travel hundreds of miles from Scotland, to Liverpool, to Manchester and London to name a few.

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire said: "BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Lorna Bailey is hoping to win a presenter challenge to get the Coventry Flag seen in the most prominent and unusual place possible.

"The new flag was designed and chosen by listeners to the station just before Christmas and the race is on to get it flying in the city. To win, Terry from Stoke suggested Coventry's railway station as a prime location. Virgin trains were up for the challenge and went above and beyond”