Member of the official recognised bodies of Equity & an associate member of Institute of Registered Tour Guides (ITG)
The Godiva Association supports Pru Porretta in her
work with schools and community groups, to bring the
story of Lady Godiva to life for the people of
Coventry, for visitors and particularly for the next
generation of children.
Lady Godiva died on 10 September 1067. In recent
years Pru has revived an ancient commemoration of her death, Dame Goodyver’s Daye. On and around 10
September, there is a procession through the streets
of Coventry and a celebration in the Cathedral ruins.
In her role as present day Lady Godiva, Pru invites
different cultural, religious and ethnic communities
to choose their own heroine. They work with the
Godiva Association to prepare music, dance, costume,
umbrellas and banners to celebrate their heroines as
Pru is chair of the committee promoting the annual
Coventry Women’s Festival. This grows in the variety
of activities and involvement it offers. She also
leads the multi-cultural Positive Images celebration
in the city and is a member of the city’s Multi-Faith
Forum. She regularly does an Imaginative Reading
Café, bringing stories and books alive for children
and their families. She works closely with Kusumika
Chaterjee in these presentations, using puppets and
other artistic inventions.
Pru travels to Kiel in Germany, to London, and to many
different towns and villages in the West Midlands.
She gives her lively and engaging presentations to
promote Coventry and its story to thousands of people.
She supports local historic and cultural events in
schools and community groups.
She is a Green Badge Guide for the city and has
received, welcomed and guided national and
international visitors, including people from Belgium,
Netherlands, France, Brazil, Thailand, Slovakia,
Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, Australia, India,
Honduras, the Balkans, Columbia, Montserrat, Croatia,
Afghanistan, Nigeria and Bangladesh. She has created
her own Ghost Tour to startle the unwary as they
explore the darker side of Coventry’s history.
She has been invited as an after-dinner speaker to
national and international conferences at the
University of Warwick, Coventry University and
elsewhere. She has appeared in conversation with
Peeping Tom, another local character played by John
Tierne. Pru was awarded an honorary MA degree from
Coventry University in 2002 for her work in the
community. She is a member of the actor’s union,
EQUITY and of CVOne, the city centre company. She is
a wife and mother of three children and is an active
member of the Catholic parish of Saint Osburg.
Pru has enormous energy and imagination, expressed
through her many projects and activities. She
motivates colleagues and inspires the people who meet
her. She has absorbed, lives and breathes the spirit
of Lady Godiva. She has the ability to make things
happen. Her gifts of patience and tenacity, her faith
in people and in what they can achieve, have persuaded
some quite “ordinary” people to turn wonderful dreams
into present realities. People respond to the human
touch, the radiant smile and go on their way enriched
and blessed by our Lady Godiva.