Safety our top priority at Godiva – organisers
THE organisers of Godiva Festival have moved to re-assure city residents ahead of the forthcoming three-day event in the War Memorial Park.
Now in its 19th year, the free Coventry festival will run from July 7 to July 9.
Last year saw a record 148,000 people flock to the festival to see headline acts The Boomtown Rats, The Charlatans and Scouting for Girls.
Thousands are expected through the gates for the UK’s biggest free-for-all music festival.
In a statement issued by organisers on Facebook, revellers are told: “Following recent, tragic events we have reviewed our safety procedures and this year we will be implementing a strict search policy for those entering the Main Arena.
“Everyone will be searched on the gates, so please ensure you arrive early and be patient while searches are carried out.
“For this reason, we ask that you don’t bring large bags into the Main Arena with you.”
The heightened security checks come just weeks after a spate of ter- ror-related attacks in the UK.
In Manchester, 22 people died when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the foyer of the city Arena during an Ariana Grande concert.
Organisers add: “Anyone found with any pro- hibited items such as drugs, weapons or alcohol will have their items confiscated and highlighted to the police who will also be onsite.
“We want everyone who attends Godiva Festival to have a fantastic time, but safety is our top priority.”