TOWN CRIER GALLERY: Thousands celebrate city’s annual Eel Day crier championships

THE city’s historical connection with the eel were celebrated once again at the weekend as thousands turned out to join in Ely’s Eel Day festivities.

The event started with the eagerly anticipated parade from Cross Green, near the cathedral, along High Street and down to Jubilee Gardens, led by Ely Samba Band and the ever-popular Ellie the Eel.

There were dozens of trade stalls and lots of eel-themed activities to get involved with, including a tank of live eels and a chance to meet Peter Carter, one of the last eel-catchers left in the region.

There were plenty of dance troupes in action as well as the popular town crier competition, which was held outside the Maltings and judged by Mayor of Ely, John Yates.

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Tracey Harding said: “Ely’s Eel festival weekend was another bumper weekend as visitors and local residents came out in their droves despite the rather changeable weather.

“It was fantastic to see so many people come along throughout the whole weekend - whether joining in with the eel procession, talking to historical characters at the

Living History day outside Oliver Cromwell’s House or taking their dog

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along to the event at the Country Park.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped make contribute to a fantastic weekend as it showed the wonderful community spirit we have in East Cambridgeshire.”