City plays host to moving tale
ETHELDREDA S story will be told in a colourful procession from the river to her shrine, on Saturday. Musicians and singers in medieval dress will take part in the event which will begin at 10.30am in Jubilee Gardens. Etheldreda will arrive by boat with he
ETHELDREDA'S story will be told in a colourful procession from the river to her shrine, on Saturday.
Musicians and singers in medieval dress will take part in the event which will begin at 10.30am in Jubilee Gardens.
Etheldreda will arrive by boat with her father to meet her husband, Tondberct, who presents her with the Isle of Ely.
On the path at Cherry Hill players will recreate Tondberct's death and Etheldreda announces that she wants to become a nun. Instead, she is married to Prince Ecgfrith, of Northumbria.
You may also want to watch:
Her journey to Northumberland is recreated and the wedding takes place.
On the East Lawn, the story moves on 10 years to when Etheldreda goes into the monastery and takes her vows under the tutelage of St Wilfred.
- 1 'My UK dream became a reality': World first sake brewery launches in Ely
- 2 Rowdy passengers force train cancellation
- 3 Shocks all round as police pull over 'white van man'
- 4 Man to appear in court after smashing police car window with sledgehammer
- 5 7 questions that could decide if you truly are from the Fens
- 6 Man in court over special constable assault and theft of alcohol
- 7 Transport company donates advertising to children’s brain tumour charity
- 8 Fire destroys family bungalow in the Fens
- 9 Gym’s ‘money for miles’ Children in Need fundraiser
- 10 High-flying 'humble' gymnast, 9, top of the tree on county debut
The story tells how Etheldreda runs away to Ely, pursued by Ecgfrith.
In the Ely Cathedral Octagon, she is installed as Abbess by Bishop Wilfred and the foundation of the community is celebrated as Ely becomes a place of importance.
Finally, at Etheldreda's shrine, the players will tell of her illness and death and the beginnings of pilgrimages to Ely.
The performance will be led by the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers and will include a mix of secular/religious music, some of which will encourage the audience to join in.
For those who wish to stay there will be Eucharist in the Lady Chapel, at 12.30pm.
Canon Alan Hargrave from Ely Cathedral, who will be involved in the procession, said: "Before the reformation - and currently in many Catholic countries across Europe - religious processions had great popular appeal.
"We are hoping that this will be the beginning of a re-discovery of that sort of event.