Ely's Eel Festival Is A Big Hit

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By elypeople | Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 18:26

The fine weather held for Ely's Eel Festival and the crowds turned out in significant numbers to enjoy a day of excellent entertainment in the sun.

With hundreds of people joining the procession from Ely Cathedral down to the Riverside, and with hundreds more passing through Jubilee Gardens and Maltings Green during the course of the day, it proved a highly successful event for the city. Among the highlights were the historical re-enactors, while many people also joined in with the Eel Throwing - some as serious competitors and others just for fun.

The winner of the Eel Throwing Championship was Kevin Russell, who threw his eel 14.40 metres, while the junior champion Alex Matcham clinched the children's competition.

This year the winner of the Town Crier competition was John Stevens, 'Bellman to the Common Council of the Burgess of Alnwick' in Northumberland, to give him his full title. Terry Stubbings of Gainsborough was runner-up and Robert Needham of Colchester finished third. Fred Ferris of Swindon was voted the Best Dressed Crier.

Eel Day 2011 Picture Galleries

Eel Day Procession gallery

Jubilee Gardens Eel Day Festival gallery

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