Five rioters who were hanged after Littleport and Ely Riots to be remembered with memorial procession

A procession is to take place to remember the Littleport Riots on Saturday June 25.

A procession is to take place to remember the Littleport Riots on Saturday June 25. - Credit: Archant

The lives of the five protesters who were hanged after the Littleport and Ely Riots are to be remembered this month by a memorial procession.

Following on from the success of the events which celebrated the bicentennial of the riots, the Field Theatre Group, in conjunction with Ely Museum and St Mary’s Church is to host the event which will see actors, clergy, singers, a choir, dancers and artists come together to mark the history anniversary on Saturday June 25.

The event will begin with a performance from the Commoners Choir from Sheffield on the cathedral green beside the Lady Chapel from 10am.

Descendants of the five Littleport ‘Martyrs’ will then depart from Ely Museum where the condemned men spent their final days before departing to the gallows, and a banner bearing the name of each man will be carried in procession.

The procession will form up on the cathedral lawn for the short walk to St Mary’s Church.


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A guard of honour composed of members of the 363 motorcycle club – formed in memory of the five hanged men - will be in place at St Mary’s Church.

The bell of St Mary’s church will be tolled, just as it did during the last journey to the gallows of the five men, followed by a short service of prayer at the unmarked grave of the rioters.

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Flowers will then be laid for each man by descendants and their families.

The Field Theatre Group’s brand new documentary film Riot in the Blood will be screened at Ely Museum at 1pm that afternoon.

For more information contact thefieldtheatrgroup@hotmail.co.ukor visit Facebook: Littleport Riot 200.

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