VIDEO: Catch a sneak preview of new film which celebrates diamond jubilee of Great Ouse Boat Race

Queen Adelaide boat race

Queen Adelaide boat race - Credit: Archant

A new film that celebrates the diamond jubilee of the only Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge to take place away from the River Thames will premiere in Ely, in February.

Queen Adelaide boat race

Queen Adelaide boat race - Credit: Archant

A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide will be shown for the first time in Ely Cathedral on February 28.

The film celebrates the 1944 Boat Race, which took place on the Adelaide straight on the River Great Ouse at Padnal Fen.

The feature-length film will also take a look at the history of the Padnal Fen area, giving viewers a glimpse into the past 66 million years – back to when dinosaurs roamed the Fens.

Jack Waterfall, Diamond44 secretary, said: “We staged a renewal in 2004 and became fascinated by the history of the area, especially the way it has developed since the Ice Age.”

As part of the film project, cartographer Roger Mould and Ken Rolfe, chair of the Cambs Geosites team, focussed on the geology and landscape of the Cambridgeshire fen edge.

They visited Queen Adelaide in December to inspect a geological model of Padnal Fen, created by local artist Stuart Green and modeller Maurice Stevens.

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“The object of the visit was to detail the sequence of events that have unfolded from the Ice Age to make Padnal Fen what it is today,” said Mr Waterfall.

Film-maker Michael Massey, armed with detailed geological information, produced an animated map explaining the dramatic changes to the area, which will feature in the film.

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