time for our Queen...
Visit the Ely Jubilee review
Celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee are set to burn
bright in Ely.
began at noon on June 3 2002 with an Elizabethan fair on
Palace Green, including a production of Romeo and Juliet.
In the evening there was a live musical review, The Golden
Years: 50 Years of Music, Fashion and Fun, celebrating music
spanning the reign of the Queen.
A torchlight procession from the cathedral down Cherry Hill
through the gardens and to the river rounded off the celebrations.
The climax of the day was the lighting of Ely's Fire Beacons
- the first in a national chain to be lit in response to
the Queen's beacon at Buckingham Palace.
there was fears the Golden Jubilee celebrations will be
a flop. Only a handful of street party applications had
been made (300 communities so far compared to 12,000 in
1977). Red tape and insurance costs appeared to be putting
Party organisers had to insure against claims for ?5 million,
apply for permission to close their street, hire road signs,
employ stewards and get permission from the emergency services..!!!
No civic celebrations were planned by Cambridge City Council,
South Cambridgeshire District Council or the county council.
To find out about street party rules call the county council
on (01353) 667826 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/sub/stworks/licences/short_cl.doc
* If you
are holding an event, call Chris Elliott at the News on
(01223) 434449 or our voicemail (01223) 434403.
gives Ely a buzz
A national consultancy group which
specialises in town centre management and regeneration has
predicted a bright future for Ely.
The Civic Trust Main Street Regeneration Unit was impressed
with what it saw during its two-day fact-finding visit to
the city on Wednesday and Thursday.
Paul Davies, leader of the trust team, said: "There
is a real buzz about Ely now. It has a 'golden triangle'
with its cathedral, city centre and riverside. The opportunity
is there to forge more links between these assets for the
benefit of all who live and work in Ely and those who come
Ely is the first place in the UK to try 'The Main Street
Project', an American system for involving residents and
local business people in improving town and city centres.
The City of Ely Perspective was created out of the project,
nearly four years ago, and the resource team paid tribute
to its work in improving the quality of life in the city.
Nick Abbey, chairman of the Perspective's design group,
said: "Looking ahead, a key challenge for the Perspective
is to keep up the momentum in the city centre, but also
to widen its scope to take in other parts of the city, to
include both older and new housing areas.
"In the next couple of years, more than £400,000
is available to the Perspective, from the Market Towns Initiative."
Mr Abbey added that this funding would be provided to carry
out projects to improve the environment, provide training
for local employees and to market Ely to visitors.
Work on these projects would be carried out in partnership
with the city, district and county councils.
Evening News 04/03/2002