Sunday, 14 October 2012

A trip to Coventry

I had a meeting to attend near Coventry on Saturday, so Brian kindly suggested we drive up on the Friday and stay overnight so I would not have a long drive before my meeting.  The original idea was that we would visit Waddesdon Manor on the way up.  However, halfway there Brian remembered that he had left his National Trust card at home, so we had to change plans.

As I had never been into Coventry City we decided that was where we would go before arriving at our hotel.

Reconciliation by Josefina de Vasconcellos
I found the contrast between the old bombed cathedral and the new modern one quite moving.  I had not realised before that they are attached.  We wandered around the bombed ruins for quite some time reading inscriptions and marvelling at how sympathetically the 'repairs' and strengthening have been done.  There are a few modern statues inside and I was particularly struck by this one called 'Reconciliation' which had been presented to the Cathedral in 1995, 50 years after the war ended.  The sculpture, by Josefina de Vasconcellos was presented by Richard Branson as a token of reconciliation.  An idential scupture is in the Peace Garden at Hiroshima, Jampa, and was given by the people of Coventry.  The insction reads: "Both scupltures remind us that in the face of destructive forces, human dignity and love will triumph over disaster, bringing nationals together in respect and peace."

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