Virgin Trains flies the flag for Coventry
Virgin Trains has named one of its trains after one of Coventry’s most famous historic icons in celebration of its UK City of Culture status in 2021. The Lady Godiva Express was unveiled by Lorna Bailey, presenter of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Saturday morning show, at a ceremony at London Euston in front of assembled guests including Coventry Lord Mayor, Councillor John Blundell, Pete Waterman and a group of young Coventry Ambassadors.
Pendolino 390039 also proudly adorns the city’s first official flag on each cab end. The flag was chosen as part of competition run by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, to mark the first anniversary of Coventry being awarded the UK City of Culture title. It showcases two hugely important parts of the city's history. Front and centre is Lady Godiva, an iconic part of Coventry's long history. Edging the flag is two blocks of sky blue, the colour which represents Coventry City Football Club.
The train has already clocked up over 120k miles, helping to promote the city in towns and cities the length and breadth of the UK.