The 17th Apple Festival is a great success in Ely

PUBLISHED: 12:32 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 23 October 2017

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

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People flocked to Ely in their droves to enjoy the 17th Apple Festival.

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A range of stalls, the popular apple peeling contest, apple tasting, cakes and drinks were among the attractions for a successful day bathed in sunshine.

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Market stalls had been cancelled due to predicted high winds from Storm Brian but the day went ahead without a hitch and was a resounding success.

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Tracy Harding, tourism manager for East Cambs District Council, said: “We had a fantastic day, it was absolutely brilliant, well attended and perfect weather too.

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“It is a lovely community event, coach loads of people were being dropped off, it appeals to everybody.

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“The longest apple peel record wasn’t broken but we had some enthusiastic entries.

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“People come back year on year. It is a regular calendar events for many, that’s when you know you’ve got it right.”

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National Apple Day was launched in 1990 and Ely has been joining in with the celebrations since 2000.

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There is apple identification by experts East of England Apples and Orchard Project and visitors are encouraged to bring a sample of their own apples to find out exactly what kind are growing in their garden.

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There was candle making demonstrations, birds of prey, storytelling and activities like apple and spoon races and apple shy.

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Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

Apple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike RouseApple Festival in Ely PHOTOS: Mike Rouse

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