Author looks book at the disappearing history of the Isle of Ely

Lorna Delanoy

Lorna Delanoy - Credit: Archant

Author Lorna Delanoy has explored the disappearing history of the Isle of Ely County Council in her new book.

Isle of Ely Scrap Book is the result of a lifetime’s work for Mrs Delanoy, of Mepal, who collects and researches the history of the old authority, which ceased to exist in 1974.

In its heyday, the Isle of Ely County Council covered much of the north of Cambridgeshire, from Wicken in the south, right up to Wisbech, in the north, but was merged with Cambridge in 1965, before being joined with the Soke of Peterborough and Huntingdonshire to form Cambridgeshire County Council in 1974.

Mrs Delanoy said: “A lot of people my age still refer to the area as the Isle of Ely but they don’t know much about it so I have searching all my life to try and piece all the information I can find together.

“What is so amazing is that there are very few objects still remaining, that an entire county should simply disappear with time.

“I wanted to put all my facts and figures that I have collected over the years together and I hope that the book will spark some memories and interest in the Isle.”

The book is available from Burrows Bookshop, in High Street Passage, Ely, or from Mrs Delanoy, on 01353 777691.