Meet Coventry's creative group chosen to take part in The Queen's official Platinum Jubilee Pageant - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Meet Coventry's creative group chosen to take part in The Queen's official Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Tristan Harris 25th May, 2022 Updated: 5th Jun, 2022

A COVENTRY creative production group will be taking centre stage at The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London on Sunday, June 5.

The group, in collaboration with Midlands artists and participants, has based its part of the parade on a ‘The Queen’s Favourites’ theme which will include corgis, horses, swans and boats.

There will also be a Coventry influence with Imagineer’s 20ft Godiva leading the line to highlight the ingenuity and industry of the West Midlands.

Picture by Andrew Moore. s

The pageant – to celebrate The Queen’s 70 years on the throne – will wind through the streets of Westminster and along The Mall and past Buckingham Palace as it tells the story of the record reign and highlight how society has transformed during the seven decades.

Imagineer’s playful procession will include The Queen’s beloved pony ‘Peggy’ and many of her favourite galloping, bicycle powered, horses, such as Royal Ascot Gold Cup Winner ‘Estimate’ and the pack of mischievous puppet Corgis.

Imagineer’s Cyclopedia – powered by bicycle – will carry a Platinum Crown in salutation to The Queen and the group will also highlight the quirky ‘Swan Upping’ ceremony. The annual census of the swan population on the River Thames sees young cygnets have their health checked by school children.

The water theme will be continued by Bluebottle ‘on the seas’ – the cherished sailing boat gifted as a wedding present to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Pageant Master Adrian Evans LVO, Kathi Leahy and Jane Hytch of Imagineer will be joined by designer Trudy Rees-Marklew and makers including Lou Jones, Nadya Monfrinoli, Entify (Deb Mingham and Dave Wood) and Nick Martin to bring the section to life.

Picture by Andrew Moore. s

Imagineer’s artistic director Kathi said: “Being invited to participate will be an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are proud to be able to profile and showcase the creativity and energy of Coventry and the West Midlands Region to the rest of the world.”

The Queen’s Favourites will be brought to life by Louis Lewinson and Dancers, Puppeteers and Cyclists, performers from Elite Dance Academy, Rhapsody Academy,

Highly Sprung and Highly Sprung Sprungsters and performers from Godiva Academy of Performing Arts.

Updates on the preparations are available at Instagram.com/ImagineerUK Facebook.com/Imagineerprod and Twitter.com/ImagineerUK

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