Godiva Awakes comes to Hertfordshire today

PUBLISHED: 09:53 03 August 2012 | UPDATED: 22:11 03 August 2012

Godiva Awakes in Harpenden

Godiva Awakes in Harpenden


MOTORISTS are being warned to allow extra time for their journeys today (Friday) and tomorrow, as Godiva Awakes passes through Hertfordshire.

The six-metre (20ft) puppet is a tricycle-powered art exhibition, and is travelling from Coventry to London as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The Godiva figure and its band of followers have rested in Luton overnight, and heads to Hertfordshire this morning.

It will travel along the A1081 into Harpenden, where she is expected to arrive around noon.

From there, Godiva will travel along Wheathampstead Road and Harpenden Road into Wheathampstead, then along Marford Road to Welwyn Garden City and then to Hatfield at about 2.15pm.

There will be a performance at Birchwood Leisure Centre at 5.30pm.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Godiva will start the day with a reception event at Hatfield House from 11am.

It will leave at about 12.30pm, heading to Cuffley, Goffs Oak, Cheshunt, and eventually leave the county via Waltham Cross en route to Waltham Abbey.

County councillor Stuart Pile, cabinet member for highways and transport said: “I think it’s fair to say that this giant tricycle-powered puppet will have an impact on the travelling public of Hertfordshire.

“It’s not every day that a flaxen-haired giant graces our roads and Godiva isn’t built for speed.

“If you’re on Godiva’s route, allow extra time for your journey.”

A spokesman for the exhibition said: “Godiva Awakes is 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.”

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