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MBE Honour for city's Lady Godiva

Pru Poretta in the 1982 pageant
Pru Poretta ready for the original pageant in 1982

A woman who has played the role of Coventry's Lady Godiva for more than 25 years has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Pru Poretta was given the honour for services to the city's community and tourism services.

She has raised thousands of pounds for charities and received an honorary MA from the city's university.

Other people being honoured include former Coventry Lord Mayor Ram Lakha, for his services to the Sikh community.

Ms Poretta said she was 'shocked and humbled' to receive the award.

"It is a great honour," she said.

She added her mother, who first persuaded her to audition as Lady Godiva in 1982, would be the happiest woman in the world.

Chief dental officer Barry Cockroft, from Rugby, Warwickshire, and David Loughton, of Warwickshire, are both awarded the CBE for their services to healthcare.

Mr Loughton is chief executive of the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust.

Professor David Storey of Warwick Business School is awarded an OBE, as is Dr Eric Wood for his services to education and the community in Warwickshire.

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