Pamela Blakeman’s new book is a reflection of the Ely riverside then and now

Pamela Blakeman's new (and last) book was officially launched at Burrow's Bookshop in Ely. Pamela i

Pamela Blakeman's new (and last) book was officially launched at Burrow's Bookshop in Ely. Pamela is pictured with Margaret Haynes, Annabel Reddick and Mike Young. - Credit: Archant

An 88-year-old Ely historian launched her new book at Burrow’s Bookshop on Saturday.

The Riverside at Ely

The Riverside at Ely - Credit: Archant

It is just over 25 years since The Book of Ely - Pamela Blakeman’s most comprehensive work, was published by Barracuda Books in 1990.

Quayside

Quayside - Credit: Archant

Her final book The Riverside at Ely, published by Ely History Publications, is very different.

Butcher on Broad Street

Butcher on Broad Street - Credit: Archant

It consists of items of local history collected by the late Reg Holmes and by herself.

Station Road

Station Road - Credit: Archant

Surprisingly from Pamela it is quite a chatty book and includes as well as her own memories, those of many people living relatively close to the river.

Broad Street

Broad Street - Credit: Archant


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The book is illustrated by some interesting old and new photos. It gives glimpses of the past and shows how this part of Ely has changed from a working environment to a residential area and one given over to leisure and tourism.

Gasworks

Gasworks - Credit: Archant

Pamela said: “I have enjoyed putting this book together and hope that a few more of the secrets of Ely’s past are revealed and will be of interest to many Ely residents.”

Boat trip

Boat trip - Credit: Archant

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Pamela, born in Broad Street, Ely, and baptised in the Lady Chapel when it was used as Holy Trinity Church, added: “The city with the cathedral, medieval centre and the river is still a wonderful place in which to live.”

Appleyards

Appleyards - Credit: Archant

Pamela was awarded the freedom of the city in 2009 and subsequently honoured with an MBE.

New Year's Honour for Pam Blakeman. The photo is by Mike Petty and was taken at the launch of the bo

New Year's Honour for Pam Blakeman. The photo is by Mike Petty and was taken at the launch of the book on Ely that they compiled back in 1997 - Credit: Archant

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