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SLIDESHOW: Huge crowds enjoy Ethelreda Parade in Ely

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: June 22, 2014

  • 21/06/14 Annual Etheldreda Procession in Ely to celebrate the founding of the city - Jubilee Gardens, Waterside, Ely 21/06/14 Ely The Etheldreda Procession and Story Picture by Richard Patterson

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Bright sunshine shone over Ely as hundreds turned out to celebrate the city’s history and heritage.

The annual Etheldreda Parade was held on Saturday.

The community-spirited event is held to celebrate the founding of Ely by Etheldreda in 673AD.

Etheldreda restored an old church in Ely, reputedly destroyed by Penda, pagan king of the Mercians, and built her monastery on the site of what is now Ely Cathedral.

‘Etheldreda’ arrived by boat in Jubilee Gardens and the parade, which tells the story of her life in drama and music, went from the gardens to the cathedral via Cherry Hill. As ever, people of all ages joined in on the fun.

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