More than 1,000 hand-painted rocks made for world record-breaking attempt to be displayed at Ely school fete

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7)

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7). Picture: Submitted / Fleur Patten - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 hand-painted rocks – made for Eel Day in May – will be displayed at this year’s Isle of Ely Primary School fete on Saturday (July 7).

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7)

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7). Picture: Submitted / Fleur Patten - Credit: Archant

The rocks were laid – all 1,004 of them – in a line in Jubilee Gardens in attempt to set a world record for the longest line of painted rocks.

In between lining up for Ely Eel Day and trying to find a permanent home they’ve been staying in Fleur Patten’s cellar and she says “eels don’t like being in cellars”.

Fleur, organiser of the Ely Rock Eels Facebook group, said: “The eel rocks have been painted by all sections of the community including; nurseries, mother and baby groups, pre schools, primary schools, Brownies, Guides and retirement homes.

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7)

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7). Picture: Submitted / Fleur Patten - Credit: Archant

“They have had one glance of open sky since Eel Day at Handmade in Haddenham when Fleur laid them in a labyrinth for people to find their way around.”


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The rocks will be on display at the Isle of Ely Primary School’s annual fete on Cam Drive, Ely, where people will have the chance to see the labyrinth and spot their rocks.

During the Eel Day celebrations former Mayor of Ely, Councillor Richard Hobbs, measured the line at 70.6 meters and the world record attempt has now been submitted.

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7)

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7). Picture: Submitted / Fleur Patten - Credit: Archant

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Fleur added: “Eventually, the rocks will need a permanent home in a public place that is accessible to all and our Facebook group is open to suggested locations.”

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/groups/705193029896924/

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7)

More than 1,000 hand-painted eel rocks will be on display at an Ely school fete on Saturday (July 7). Picture: Submitted / Fleur Patten - Credit: Archant

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