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‘Treasure trove’ to open in Ely High Street

By Ely News  |  Posted: October 22, 2013

Peter Carter from Outwell in Cambridgeshire. He is the last traditional eel catcher in the Fens. Pictured is one of his catches of the day. See MASONS story MNEEL: An ancient British tradition of eel catching could be extinct after more than 500 years bec

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A quirky new shop is coming to Ely - and the city’s heritage is being celebrated in its name.

Mum-of-four Helen Peckham is opening a vintage homeware, collectibles and jewellery business in the High Street.

Called ‘The Eel Catcher’s Daughter’, it will be opening where James Cox menswear shop used to be before it re-located to the opposite side of the street, and Helen hopes to open its doors in early November.

Helen, who lives in Witchford and has run a stall called Peberdy Tate on Ely’s popular craft and collectibles market for approximately eight years, said: “I’m really excited about opening in the High Street.

“I’ve wanted to do this for many years and it’s now finally happening.

“The shop will be called The Eel Catcher’s Daughter. A lot of people keep asking me why I’ve chosen the name and I’m not actually sure myself.

“I was in the Lake District last Christmas and the name literally popped into my head.

“I’m not the eel catcher’s daughter and I’m not sure why it came to me but it kept coming back to me, so I decided to stick with it.

“Obviously it’s highly fitting as eels play a huge part in Ely’s history and heritage.”

Helen, who until recently worked as a support manager for Ely-based firm Forces Recruitment Services, says the shop will be a “treasure trove” of home accessories, collectibles and costume jewellery.

She said: “The Eel Catcher’s Daughter is all about vintage style in a rustic, yet modern, setting.

“I’ll be selling funky jewellery and accessories, treasures for the home, old collectibles and just lots of bits that I find on my travels, basically sharing things that I love and hopefully using them to inspire others.

“For me, it’s all about the senses and the shop will be all about using smells, touch, sight and so on.

“We’re busy decorating the shop now and I’m confident we’ll be open in early November.”

Helen’s two daughters, Molly, 19, and Maisie, 16, will also be getting involved in the business.

Helen said: “It’s going to be very much a family business.

“When the shop came on the market I knew I had to go for it and, to be honest, it’s like a dream come true.”

The shop is owned by Ely Cathedral.

For more information about the business, search ‘The Eel Catcher’s Daughter’ on Facebook.

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