Video & Gallery: Family Double At The King's School Hoop Trundle
KING S School scholar Kieran Zausmer made it a family double when he won Saturday s King s School Ely Hoop Trundle. His sister Jess, a Queen s Scholar, won the race four years ago and was there to cheer him on. Head of School, Annie Coleridge, was this y
KING'S School scholar Kieran Zausmer made it a family double when he won Saturday's King's School Ely Hoop Trundle. His sister Jess, a Queen's Scholar, won the race four years ago and was there to cheer him on.
Head of School, Annie Coleridge, was this year's Queen's Scholar winner.
Three heats - in which the scholars bowled wooden hoops along a 75-yard course by the south door of Ely Cathedral - preceded each final.
The first King's Scholars' final between Kieran, David Wallis and Tom Brown was declared a tie. The second attempt was abandoned when one of the wooden hoops broke and it was only at the third attempt that Kieran claimed victory.
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The mayor of Ely, Cllr Sheila Friend-Smith, presented Annie and Kieran with commemorative wooden tankards.
The Hoop Trundle commemorates the re-founding of The King's School Ely by King Henry V111 in 1541. Having dissolved Ely monastery, which had educated children for centuries, he gave the school its first royal charter and established the 12 King's Scholars (boys). One of the privileges he allowed them was to play games, including the bowling of hoops, in the cathedral precincts.
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In 1970, the school admitted girls for the first time in its 1,000-year history, and three years later the King's Scholars were joined by Queen's Scholars (girls) at the request of Queen Elizabeth 2 during her visit to the school in 1973.
Pupils are nominated as scholars in the Sixth Form for their academic achievement. They become members of the Cathedral Foundation and also qualify for other privileges.
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