Crowds gather outside sun-kissed Ely Cathedral for historic King’s Ely ‘hoop trundle’

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the ho

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered outside Ely Cathedral as King’s Ely held its historic hoop trundle event.

Mayor of Ely, Cllr Richard Hobbs with the winners - Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral a

Mayor of Ely, Cllr Richard Hobbs with the winners - Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

The annual event sees the school’s ‘King’s and Queen’s’ scholars, dressed in their red gowns, racing each other while bowling traditional wooden hoops.

A spokesman for King’s Ely said: “Each year, up to twelve students in Year 12 become King’s Scholars (boys) or Queen’s Scholars (girls) on the basis of academic excellence.

“They become members of the Cathedral Foundation, strengthening the special link between King’s Ely and the cathedral, and they also qualify for other privileges throughout the academic year.”

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the ho

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

The winners of this year’s hoop trundle were Jacob Cave and Sophie Wood, who were each presented with wooden tankards by the Mayor of Ely, Councillor Richard Hobbs.


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The King’s and Queen’s scholars are all friends but their competitive side was on display for the hoop trundle, which commemorates the re-founding of the school by King Henry VIII in 1541.

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the ho

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the ho

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the ho

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the ho

Crowds gathered outside a sun-kissed cathedral as King’s Ely held their historic competition, the hoop trundle. - Credit: Archant

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