Claims of youths stamping at Godiva Festival in Coventry

Claims of youths stamping at Godiva Festival in Coventry

Image source, Coventry City Council

Image caption, The Godiva Festival in Coventry celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

  • Author, Richard Price
  • Role, BBC News, West Midlands

Authorities in Coventry have said they are reviewing their policy on the popular festival following reports of crowds of young people at this year’s event.

After the Govida Festival, people took to social media to comment on several incidents. According to them, one of those incidents caused a festival stage to be closed.

Several people said they had never seen anything like it before and claimed the incident involved more than 100 youths.

The council, which organises the event, said safety is their top priority, adding that they evaluate feedback after each event.

The festival, which was held for the 25th time this year, took place from July 5 to 7 at War Memorial Park.

Some said the incidents forced them to leave early and prevented them from returning.

However, others said they had a great time and described it as wonderful and brilliant.

This is not the first time that there have been reports of disturbances at the festival.

Last year there were similar concerns about youth gangs and in 2019 a conspiracy led to 11 people being treated for minor injuries.

In 2017, a 16-year-old was arrested for carrying a knife at the festival.

Image source, Coventry City Council

Image caption, Despite the complaints, many praised the event and said they enjoyed it

This year’s performers included Richard Ashcroft, Paloma Faith and Beverly Knight.

A Coventry City Council spokesman said organisers review all feedback, including comments on social media, and this is used to inform decisions for future events.

They said they had worked with a security company, West Midlands Police and other organisations, adding that the safety of visitors is their top priority and that the entire venue is under surveillance at all times.

“We want to assure visitors that Godiva Festival is a safe environment for festival-goers of all ages,” organizers said.

They added: “We are committed to ensuring the festival is accessible, engaging and safe for everyone.”

They apologized to those who had suffered negative behavior and said they would work to ensure that this small minority did not ruin it for others.

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