Ely residents celebrate Eel Day in their own creative way during coronavirus lockdown
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Ely’s annual Eel Day celebrations might have not gone according to plan this year due to the coronavirus - but residents in one street got creative to ensure that the event didn’t go unmarked.
Undeterred by the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, neighbours on West End and Fieldside decided to celebrate Eel Day in style with eel-themed decorations in their windows.
Residents of the two streets also sat outside to mark VE Day, greeting neighbours from a safe distance.
The eel idea was coordinated via a WhatsApp group that had been set up by people living on both streets.
Philippa Hazell, one of the residents who got involved with the Eel Day fun, said: “It just made us all smile and we hope it might make other people smile too.
“It seemed a shame to let the annual event go unmarked and not have some sort of Eel Day celebration.”
She added that the WhatsApp group has “offered a great sense of community and support during these uncertain times.
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“After lots of positive feedback from passers-by, the two streets plan to keep the decorations up as a way to brighten people’s day and hopefully raise a smile at a time we all really need one.”