Coventry Cathedral Rose to mark jubilee celebrations

image captionStaff hope to have a bouquet of the roses ready to present to the Princess Royal at a service in May

A new rose has been developed to mark Coventry Cathedral's golden jubilee.

The Coventry Cathedral Rose, described as being a soft peach colour with a hint of pink, was launched at the city's flower festival.

The cathedral's chief executive Jane Woodward said staff hoped to have a bouquet of the roses to present to the Princess Royal at a special service.

A £2 donation from each flower sold will go towards the upkeep of the building, staff said.

Ms Woodward said the rose has been bred by Edward Smith Roses in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The cathedral's 50th anniversary celebrations run until November and include concerts and a jubilee service on 25 May.

The decision to build the modern cathedral came after much of St Michael's was destroyed by incendiary bombs during World War II.

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