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Naked women to ride in Hyde Park

Libby Jewson rides in to the Lady Godiva premiere in Oxford
Libby Jewson rode naked to the Lady Godiva premiere in Oxford in January

Female horse riders are being urged to join a naked ride through London's Hyde Park to raise money for charity.

Vicky Jewson, 22, from Oxfordshire, who directed the film Lady Godiva which premiered in January, has organised the event on 19 May.

Ms Jewson said she will donate 5 to cancer unit Maggie's Centre in Oxford for each rider who dares to bare all.

The mass "Lady Godiva ride" will be led by Libby Jewson, who played one of the characters in her sister's film.

Although she did not go naked in the film, she took her clothes off at the premiere in January, when she rode naked on horseback through Oxford to publicise the opening.

Vicky Jewson said: "This will be a fantastic opportunity for women all over Britain to do something fun and outrageous in aid of charity.

"Maggie's Centre is a place that anyone affected by cancer can turn to for help and support and having naked Godivas riding through London is a great way to raise awareness."

The ride also marks the DVD release of her film Lady Godiva - a modern re-telling of the legend.

Lady Godiva is the story of the wife of an 11th Century earl, who is said to have ridden naked through Coventry in protest against her husband's harsh taxation of his people.

Her modesty was, according to the legend, preserved only by her hair.

The modern film version tells the story of a teacher driven to desperate measures to raise money for a worthy cause.




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