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ELY celebrated its heritage with a traditional fair on Saturday. The Etheldreda Fair, run by Ely Cathedral, is named after the Saxon Queen who founded a monastery in 637AD. Ely was then a small village, but quickly grew to become an important pilgrimage

ELY celebrated its heritage with a traditional fair on Saturday.

The Etheldreda Fair, run by Ely Cathedral, is named after the Saxon Queen who founded a monastery in 637AD.

Ely was then a small village, but quickly grew to become an important pilgrimage centre.

Traditional craft and cream tea stalls, joined those of local charities on Palace Green from 10am accompanied by the music of the King's School Jazz Band and other local groups.


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All proceeds from the event will go to the Choir Tour Fund. This year the choir has been invited to America where they will visit Nashville, Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta.

On the itinerary are workshops and performances in less-privelged areas.

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#On June 21, the story of Queen Ethelreda will be re-enacted on the anniversary of her death. Etheldreda will arrive by boat at Jubilee Gardens, at 11.30am.

A procession will then make its way through Cherry Hill Park to the cathedral, gather around Etheldreda's shrine, then will celebrate Eucharist in the Lady Chapel.

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