Eel Day in Ely – Eel Throwing & Town Crier Competition Results
By elypeople | Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 14:06
Ely's Eel Festival survived the overcast weather and drew large crowds to Jubilee Gardens for a day of eel-themed entertainment, which included the ever popular National Eel Throwing Championship and the annual Town Crier Competition.
The Eel Day procession through Ely – May 5, 2012
A town crier during the Eel Day procession through Ely – May 5, 2012
The national eel throwing championship at Eel Day in Ely – May 5, 2012
Hundreds of people joined the procession from Ely Cathedral, following Ellie the Eel and the Ely Samba Band down to the Waterside, where most of the entertainment was staged.
Among the highlights of the afternoon fete in Jubilee Gardens were the historical re-enactors, whose medieval battle recreations were both informative and entertaining. After doing battle with each other, the reenactors even took on a dozen children, who were armed with toy swords and shields.
Other entertainment in Jubilee Gardens included performances by Soham Majorettes and the Viva Youth Theatre Group, who showcased songs in advance of their tour to New York this summer. There was also an exhibition of tradition eel catching techniques from Peter Carter, the last remaining eel-catcher in the fens.
The winner of this year's Eel Throwing Championship was Andrew Berrill, who threw his padded replica eel 12.90 metres, which was 1.5 metres shorter than last year's title-winning throw. The junior championship was clinched by Sophie, who won with a throw of 12.25 metres.
This year the winner of the Town Crier competition was Robert Needham from Colchester, who celebrated victory in Ely for the fourth time in six years. Terry Stubbings, the newly crowned Town Crier of Liverpool, was the runner-up for the second year in succession.
The Best Dressed Crier was John Parsons from Nantwich. The judges included the Mayor of Ely John Yates and local councillors Sheila Friend-Smith and Richard Hobbs, while Ely's own Town Crier, Avril Hayter-Smith, overcame a sore throat to compere for the event.
Eel Throwing Competition
1st: Andrew Berrill – 12.90m
Town Crier Competition
1st: Robert Needham from Colchester
2nd: Terry Stubbings from Liverpool
3rd: Les Cutts from Halifax and Hebden Royd.
Best dressed crier: John Parsons from Nantwich
Best Dressed couple: Ken Knowles and Marilyn from Lichfield
Best dressed escort: Joyce Stevens from Alnwick
Best Content of Home Cry: James Wearne from Felixstowe
Best Themed Cry: Les Cutts
Conviviality Award: Peter Stemmer from Darlington