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The Mystery of the St Mary's Hall Tapestry - Pulling the Threads Together   
Friday 27th September 2019
The tapestry, woven in c.1500, is the jewel of Coventry's heritage and is of national, even international significance. Located on the the north wall of Coventry's magnificent medieval guildhall, it is the oldest tapestry in the country still hanging in the place for which it was designed and woven. Yet much about the tapestry is unknown or subject to interpretation. Who are the figures surrounding the central figures of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou? Where was the tapestry woven? Who might have commissioned it? And what was the overall purpose? For the first time all the acknowledged experts from different specialisms will gather in front of this magnificent tapestry to pull the different threads together and try to reveal its mysteries. Join David Starkey, Maria Hayward, Jonathan Foyle, Joanna Laynsmith, Kate Giles, Sean Cunningham and Fred Hepburn as they develop their verdicts in what promises to be a fascinating and potentially dramatic reveal of this overlooked masterpiece.
Hollywood comes to Stoke Aldermoor   
Friday 18th October 2019   to   Friday 18th October 2019
“The Italian Job” Unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque. On Friday 18th October we plan to erect and unveil a commemorative plaque to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the making of the film ‘The Italian Job’. A scene from iconic film was actually filmed in the Stoke Aldermoor area of Coventry. In the film there was a car chase involving that great British car the ‘Mini’. During the chase there was a scene where the vehicles were driven through a sewer pipe. This part of the film was actually filmed in Stoke Aldermoor on the park next to The Lindfield. To film this scene, the crew lowered the mini cars into the sewer by crane. The person driving the crane was a local driver who still lives in Stoke Aldermoor. We want to raise awareness of the making of this iconic film and its significance to the local area. We feel that erecting a commemorative plaque will not only increase local peoples’ awareness of this piece of history, but it will also attract visitors from all over the country. On the day of the unveiling we have arranged for the Oscar winning film producer, Michael Deeley, who has also produced films such as ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Blade Runner’, to come to Coventry to unveil the plaque. Also accompanying him will be David Salamone who drove the Red mini in the film The Italian job. Also at the event will be Remy julienne In 1958 Frenchman Remy Julienne became the French Motorcross Champion. In his homeland his driving skills were recognised as some of the best and his charismatic driving led him to become France's most respected stunt driver. Eventually he set up his own stunt driving company 'Remy Julienne L'Equipe', a self contained team of highly skilled drivers and mechanics. His break onto the international stage came when he was asked to complete the stunt work on The Italian Job. Since then Remy Julienne L'Equipe hasn't looked back. Half a dozen Bond films and other similar action movies have benefited from his stunt work and the impressive portfolio continues to grow. Schedule for the event: 18th October 2019 It's a Friday, the last day at school locally for the children. This is a small springboard event we are holding for the City of Culture 2021. We are organising mini clubs to drive through surface laid tunnels along the original route. (parallel with the Linfield). The response to this has been fantastic. Hollywood is coming to Stoke Aldermoor (who would have thought it). Stoke Aldermoor will be a mecca for film buffs and mini enthusiasts around the world. Thank you in advance Regards Kevin Conway

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