ST AUDREYS FAIR 2000
and Pics By Lee Gillett
of The Fair
Queen Etheldreda having been given Ely as part of her dowery eventually
renounced the world and gave her life to the worship of God by founding
a Monastery at Ely and becoming its first Abbess.
Her death in late June in the year of our Lord 879 was commemorated
by holding a Fair, St Etheldredas Fair, which became commonly
known as St Audreys Fair, and introduced a new word into the English
Language, tawdry, meaning a small gift or present.
The Fair was revived in 1987 and again in 1997 by The Isle of Ely Lions
Club. Both were so successful it was again staged in 2000.