Planning a party? A Special Event, now open on Broad Street, Ely, should be your first port of call

PUBLISHED: 18:05 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:05 29 February 2016

Pippa Glenn at her new shop, A Special Event.  Ely, Picture: Steve Williams.

Pippa Glenn at her new shop, A Special Event. Ely, Picture: Steve Williams.


A new party planning shop in Ely celebrated its official opening with a celebratory visit from Mayor Lis Every at the weekend.

A Special Event, on Broad Street, specialises in supplying items for events and planning all kinds of parties – and dressing them for the day if required. The business is run by husband and wife team Leonard and Pippa Glenn, who live in Soham, as well as their daughter in law Helen.

Covering children’s party themes, baby showers, dinner parties and wedding receptions; there are hundreds of different items and ideas, said Mrs Glenn of the shop.

“We’ve always found it was quite difficult to buy what you really want,” she added.

At the official opening Mayor Lis Every, who was presented with a bouquet of flowers, cut the ribbon and addressed the crowd in celebration.

Mayor of Ely Lis Every marks the official opening of A Special EventMayor of Ely Lis Every marks the official opening of A Special Event

She said: “It is very important that we provide the kind of choice that our residents and visitors can enjoy. So we are delighted to welcome a new retail outlet to join us.

“Ely being the kind of city that it is relies on our independent and family businesses, which is why it’s so great to have you with us. I “I can see that this really is a family business as so many of you have been involved in getting the shop ready for this opening.

“It is great to be able to wish Pippa, Len and Helen every success with their new and exciting venture.

“We hope all goes well for you and we welcome you into our business community.”

Ruth Moushabeck, of Etheldreda Floral, made the bouquet with locally grown flowers, brought from Golding’s stall at the Ely market.

It contained ranunculus, alstroemeria, tulips, hyacinths and narcissi as well as foliage.

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