Zimbabwe cricket star Henry Olonga presents King’s Ely student awards

Henry Olonga with this year's prize-winning students

Henry Olonga with this year's prize-winning students - Credit: Archant

PRIZEWINNING pupils and their guests were treated to a very special ceremony at Ely Cathedral at the end of the school term.

The guest of honour at this year’s King’s Ely Junior prizegiving, Henry Olonga, delighted the audience by singing with the school choir.

The cricket commentator and former cricket test player, who was the first black cricketer and the youngest person to play for Zimbabwe, filled the cathedral with his rich tenor voice before presenting the pupils with their awards.

In 2003, Henry wore a black armband with white team mate Andy Flower during an international cricket match to “mourn the death of democracy” in Zimbabwe.

Death threats forced him to live in exile in England, where he now pursues a career as a cricket commentator and singer.

Amidst the celebrations, there was also a period of reflection to mourn the passing of King’s Ely teacher Nanettte Van Wright-Jordan, who died suddenly in June.

Head teacher Richard Whymark, said: “Prizegiving, the leavers’ party and other end of year concerts, assemblies and services were all given the customary effort and respect that this community knows is important, which was particularly heartening at such a sad time.”

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