BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme highlighted Coventry’s perspective on the subject of remembrance in a special feature broadcast on the morning of Remembrance Sunday, November 8th. You can listen to it here.
On the evening of Saturday 14th November, the city is planning to create a giant Human Chain of Peace and Light in the city centre finishing at the Cathedral. Each person attending will carry a light along the chain to symbolise communities joining together in a universal message of remembering the past but looking to the future. Join His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC and listen to LocalVocals as they sing songs from the 40’s. Hear survivor stories and stand shoulder to shoulder with your neighbour and a host of VIPs to remember the Blitz. The event begins in the University Square at 6.30 pm. Bring your torch or mobile phone to light up the square at 7 pm.
The inspiration for the Human Chain comes from Dresden where a similar event takes place annually and attracts thousands of people from across the country.
The Blitz 75th Commemorations programme continues with a concert in the Cathedral at 7.30 pm on Saturday evening with the Saint Michael’s Singers performing Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers with the Parliament Choir and the English Symphony Orchestra. For more information about the concert visit www.saintmichaelssingers.org and for ticket information email email@example.com or call 0844 477 1000.
On the evening of Sunday 15th November, the Cathedral will be hosting a Civic Service of Commemoration at 7 pm. Everyone is invited to come and join in looking back to the events of 75 years ago in company with representatives from Coventry’s friends across the world – including nations with whom we were at war in 1940.
The Reverend Canon Dr Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation, said:
“As a Cathedral famous for its role world-wide in promoting peace and reconciliation, it’s also great to be able to build on the many examples of good work that local people and community organisations have already been involved with in working towards peace and friendship across the city and to understand more about conflict.
“The Cathedral will be playing an active role in not only the Blitz 75th Commemorations programme but also the accompanying Coventry Peace Festival and Rising 15, the first annual global peace forum to be held in Coventry from Wednesday, November 11 to Friday, November 13, featuring leading figures from across the world.”