U4th Students enjoyed an excellent and visually stimulating visit to Coventry Cathedral. Guides explained how the Cathedral, along with the people of Coventry, had suffered in the blitz on the night of the 14th November 1940.
The medieval Cathedral was devastated by fire.
The next morning, Provost Howard declared that just as Christ had been crucified and had risen again, so would the Cathedral. The resulting building, in which the old Cathedral and new are grafted together was designed by Sir Basil Spence and contains the majestic Sutherland tapestry and the wonderful Piper window. This Cathedral is indeed a feast for the eyes. It also symbolises the triumph of hope over adversity and the will for peace over retribution.
Girls enjoyed a two hour guided tour and then were offered the opportunity to say the Litany – a prayer asking for forgiveness. This was particularly special as visitors from Dresden were present.
Girls were particularly captivated by the hundreds of origami paper cranes in the Chapel of Unity – a further symbol of peace generated by a victim of the Hiroshima ‘A’ bomb.