GALLERY: Humble apple takes centre stage at annual festival

Ely Apple Day, Ely Mayor Lis Every, with some of the apples on sale

Ely Apple Day, Ely Mayor Lis Every, with some of the apples on sale - Credit: Archant

A dash of Bramley and a twist of Granny Smith made Ely’s annual Apple Festival another hit at the weekend.

Back for its 14th anniversary, the event saw the humble apple elevated to star billing with a host of apple-related fun and games, refreshments and crafts.

As well as the ever-popular longest peel competition, there was an apple identification display, an apple shy, a hog roast, craft stalls, folk music, raptor display, beekeepers, cider stands and apple and spoon races.

The event was hosted on Palace Green, in the shadow of Ely Cathedral and was organised by East Cambridgeshire District Council and Watergull Orchards, formerly of Sutton.

Watergull once more provided visitors with a range of apple-based tipples and juices to sample, as well as a mulled cider, which proved popular on a brisk October morning.

Tracey Harding, team leader town centre services at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: ”Our Apple Festival is always a brilliant day for the whole family as we honour the great tradition of British apples. There is so much going on that some people spend a whole day wondering around the different stalls and joining in the fun. I am always staggered by how popular the apple identifiers are.”