Film premiere set to go off with a bang

Air raid wardens will be on hand at the premier of a Strange Day at Queen Adelaide.

Air raid wardens will be on hand at the premier of a Strange Day at Queen Adelaide. - Credit: Archant

The Diamond44 Community Film Project is busy putting the finishing touches to its forthcoming, 50-minute film documentary A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide.

Organisers have promised that the audience attending the premiere event at Ely Cathedral at 7pm on February 28 are in for a few noisy surprises during the introductory scenes.

In the opening four minutes they will be taken back to a Cambridgeshire under attack and attacking.

The air-raid siren sounds and enemy bombs are heard to fall on Ely Beet Sugar Factory, a returning Lancaster bomber radios Witchford Aerodrome to request a priority landing before fly loudly over the cathedral and landing nearby.

The film finally starts to roll showing the devastation a Soham railway station. Not fictitious, but events that really happened around in the Second World War.

The main body of the film is actually about rowing and tells the story of how a university boat race held in Queen Adelaide in 1944 was celebrated in 2004, inspiring the formation of Isle of Ely Rowing Club which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Tickets for A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide, costing £7.50, are available from:

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Ely Cathedral box office – open 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday

Tel: 01353 660349 or online at

All profits from the premiere will be used to promote the continued development of community rowing on the River Great Ouse at Ely.

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