Golden Jubilee 2002 marks the Queens 50th year on the British throne.
Where 1977s Silver Jubilee saw the nation thanking the Queen, this
year will be an occasion for Her Majesty to recognise all the support
she has received during her reign.
Jubilee is a time to look back at the role that The Queen has played in
the life of the UK and the Commonwealth but it is also an opportunity
to look forward.
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ELY will be among 150 places nationwide whose Jubilee celebrations
will be featured on radio and television as part of the BBC Music Live
festivals. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
and BBC Look East
will reveal to listeners and viewers what the city is doing.
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City of Ely Jubilee Celebrations on June 3rd
3rd June is themed to celebrate the two Elizabethan ages, with an Elizabethan
Fair during the day around the Cathedral, with, among others, falconry
displays, travelling players, Elizabethan cookery demonstrations and folk
musicians plus lots of stalls selling Elizabethan wares. There will also
be a performance of Shakespeares Romeo and Julietby
students from City of Ely Community College, a classic car show and for
the youngest age group a Teddy Bears picnic and story telling.
addition to this Ely Cathedral will be free of charge and the Stained
Glass Museum, which is located in Ely Cathedral, will only charge half
price admission on this special day at which they also have organised
numerous demonstrations and talks by experts.
In the evening the scene shifts to the present Queens reign
with an open air concert featuring local bands Blue Suede Ouse, The Guvnors,
T-a-s-h and Blue Gandhi and dancers from Octagon Studios. The evening
concludes with fireworks.
but this isnt all...
A golden opportunity for a rockin good time!!
Theres something for everyone at The Golden Years Jubilee
Concert in Cherry Hill Park, Ely on Bank Holiday Monday. Local bands are
reliving the past 5 decades through the music of the time and dancers
are reminding us all of the dance styles that went with them!
Rocknrollers Blue Suede Ouse kick off the fifties with
a cracking 10 song set which includes classic tracks such as Elviss
Jailhouse Rock, Bill Haleys Rock Around the Clock and the Eddie
Cochran standard Cmon Everybody. Well-known local rockers The
Guvnors cover the sixties and seventies with tracks from the
great British sixties luminaries such as the Kinks, Manfred Mann, The
Rolling Stones and the Beatles, soul and RnB standards like
Mustang Sally, The Midnight Hour and Ive Got My Mojo Working to
seventies anthems like Frees Alright Now and Deep Purples
Black Night. T-A-S-H
bring things closer to home with covers of bands like Blue, Oasis and
Stereophonics and the evening comes right up to date with Blue Gandhi,
featuring their latest tracks including the brilliant Inertia.
of course there are gaps to be filled and between sets Presenter Sue Marchant
of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will be playing selections from all the decades
and The Octagon Studio Dancers will also be entertaining with dance styles
from each decade and were encouraging as many people as possible
to dress up in the fashions of their favourite decade to have their photo
taken alongside a classic car and maybe win a prize!
Golden Years is a concert for the whole family no matter what your age,
and its absolutely free. So come along to Cherry Hill Park, Ely
just before 7pm, with a picnic, or get refreshments from the stalls on
site (no alcohol, but you can bring your own) for an evening of fun topped
off with the lighting of Elys official national anchor chain beacon
and fireworks at 10.15. Dont miss it.
Bringing the Past to Life in Ely
part of the Ely Jubilee celebrations the City of Ely Community Jubilee
Committee is set to organise an Elizabethan Fair in the afternoon of Monday
3rd of June. Apart from many stalls selling Elizabethan wares, a hog roast
and music by troubadours and Morris Dancers, the Committee has also contracted
several professionals who will re-enact facets of Elizabethan life.
the backdrop of one of the most magnificent Medieval buildings in England,
Ely Cathedral, there will be a wide range of historical demonstrations.
A lace maker is set to work alongside two militia men. Their weapons will
be on display and they will demonstrate weapons drill, as well as demonstrate
their other know-how, which would belong more to a surgeon or barber if
it wasnt that they are quite useful when you are waging an Elizabethan
Elizabethan hawking party will be re-enacted by two falconers and their
birds from the English School of Falconry which is based at the Old Warden
Park, near Biggleswade. The birds, Peregrines, Kestrels and possibly a
male Goshawk, will be on static display between flying displays.
gentry and servants would fill their stomach after such a party is demonstrated
by Monica Askay, a professional cook who lives in Wilburton and has specialised
in food history and historical dishes. There are several misconceptions
about Tudor food. We have images of Tudors ravenously tearing legs off
roasted chickens, guzzling them in as messy a manner as possible, but,
so she explains, table manners were extremely prescribed. You would,
for example, only eat what was close to you, or what was passed to you.
intends to pass quite a number of dishes to her Ely audience on June 3rd.
Among others she will bring to sample ginger bread, demonstrate a salat
with edible flowers as well as explain and demonstrate the use of typical
Elizabethan cookery equipment. For children she will also prepare some
hands-on activities, like moulding sugar paste and marchpane (marzipan),
and there are jumbles (knot biscuits) to take home and bake with full
sheets of the dishes demonstrated will be available and the ingredients
used may surprise many, like rocket, which is nowadays quite trendy.
During the Elizabethan period more imports arrived including those from
the New World like love apples (tomatoes), potatoes and some
types of bean. However, these foods were not widely used for centuries.
Sugar, tells Monica, came more within the financial
grasp of the gentry and was regarded as a spice. It was used in all sorts
of dishes, even savoury chicken and fish patés.
Interesting is also the liberal use of spices. Monica: In the past
this has been put down to a wish to disguise tainted
meat. This view is now discredited. Spices were considerably more expensive
than meat and it is likely their use by the gentry was a way for them
to show off their wealth. The quantities used were probably necessary
as they were not used as freshly as today and the flavour had probably
Cross Green on Monday 3rd of June there will however -even if it isnt
entirely historical accurate- be only full flavour and freshly made Elizabethan
dishes, for everybody to enjoy!
Teddy Bears and Stained Glass enthusiasts(-to-be) celebrate the Jubilee
will be something for everybody at the Ely Jubilee celebrations on Monday
June 3rd. An Elizabethan Fair, a classic car show, bowls, an open air
concert entitled Golden Years featuring local bands Blue Suede
Ouse, The Guvnors, T-a-s-h and Blue Gandhi and dancers from Octagon
Studios and fireworks.
groups in particular will have a truly magnificent time in Ely on June
3rd. For all those aged 0-5 years there will be a teddy bears picnic
at the Sue Ryder Gardens with stories and action rhymes led by Louise
Aldridge, Elys childrens librarian. Special guests at the
picnic will be a large number of Elizabethan Teddys, dressed by
the children and the best will win a prize.
will also enjoy the special activities organised as part of the day long
event in the Stained Glass Museum which is only a few yards from the Sue
Ryder Gardens. There will be competitions and activities and there is
a special do-it-yourself glass Jubilee Souvenir Kit.
event at The Stained Glass Museum takes place from 10.30am to 5pm and
is entitled Meet the Royal Ancestors. It focusses on royal
portraits in the Museums collection and on the work of a 'Royal
Stained Glass Artist' Thomas Willement. In the museum historians will
introduce the royal portraits and give short presentations. National experts
in glazing, glass-painting and conservation will be demonstrating throughout
the day, inside the museum and just outside Ely Cathedral for all the
members of the public to enjoy. And for those who want to try the art
themselves there are several hour-long painting glass-workshops (£5).
day will provide a rare opportunity to meet specialists in this ancient
and fascinating art-form and to see stained glass being created,
explains the Curator, Mrs Susan Mathews, who is very pleased to announce
that on this special day the museum only charges half price admission.
of Ely Jubilee Celebrations
June 3rd 2002 - TIME
am, 1.45pm, 2.45pm
All day Free Admission to the Cathedral in Honour of the Golden Jubilee
for Her Majesty the Queen; special Jubilee flower arrangements; brass
rubbing, free additional special tours of the Cathedral entitled - A Celebration
of the 2nd Elizabethan Age
'Meet the Royal Ancestors' A special day focusing on royal portraits in
the Stained Glass Museum. Painting workshops and children's activities,
lectures and demonstrations by national experts. Half price admission.
Free Park & Ride at the City of Ely Community College. A classic open
top bus travels between the P&R and Market Square
Market Square Procession led by Town Crier, School children, Morris dancers
to Cross Green
Market Square Classic Car Show - Noon Cross Green Arena Maroon & Bells
of St. Marys Blessing
Opening by Mayor of Ely
Palace Green & Cross Green, St. Marys Green Start Elizabethan
Fair Stalls selling Elizabethan wares, Elizabeth cookery & lace making
demonstrations, militia men re-enactment, food stalls, brass rubbing,
Cross Green Arena
featuring Ely Online Editor Charles Lee the 1st
Ely Cathedral Specially themed Organ Recital for the Jubilee celebrations-
Cross Green Arena Musical Beacon, a BBC nation wide event
Cross Green Start Hog Roast
1pm - 3.30pm
Cross Green Arena Falconry, Mummers, Troubadours, Morris Dancers,
Cross Green Arena Start free guided walk featuring houses and places of
3.30pm - 4.15pm
Sue Ryder Gardens Teddy Bears Picnic. Stories and action rhymes
for 0-5 year olds. Dress your teddy as an Elizabethan and win a prize!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Priory Gardens Romeo & Juliet performance by City of Ely
Community College students
Ely & local Villages Classic Car procession travelling from Ely incorporating
various local villages
Sue Ryder Gardens, Ely Jubilee Gardens Cherry Hill Park Ely Military Band
Concert 45 minutes Ely Military Band Concert Picnic at Cherry Hill Park
Ely Cathedral Elizabethan Evensong with specially commissioned anthem
sung by the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Cherry Hill Park Golden Years - Free Open Air Concert 5 Decades of Music,
Fashion and Fun! Concert and Dance Demonstrations featuring local bands
Blue Suede Ouse, The Guvnors, T-A-S-H and Blue Gandhi and dancers
from Octagon Studios Presenter BBC Radio Cambridgeshires
Sue Marchant Fashion competition: dress up in the fashion of the 50s,
60s, 70s 80s or 90s, dance to the music of the time, have your picture
taken by a car from your chosen decade, and win a prize!
Cathedrals Octagon Lights will be switched on as Elys national
anchor chain beacon
Cherry Hill Park Fireworks
FIREWORKS LIGHT THE NIGHT SKY AND THE ELY BEACON IS LIT