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In pictures: Messing about on the river as Ely’s Aquafest returns



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Aquafest, one of Ely’s most popular community events, returned for the first time since 2019.

Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell

Taking place annually on the first Sunday of July, the 42nd edition was held by the city’s Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens and the Maltings Green. The festival, run by the Rotary Club of Ely and the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward, features a fun fair and stalls along with a raft race on the River Ouse.

Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell

Viv Doji, Aquafest committee chair and a member of the Rotary Club of Ely, said: “It went really well, with lots of people and the weather was kind. It was good to be back. There were the same amount of crowds, stallholders wanted to be there. It had a really good ‘Aquafest is back’ sort of feeling.”

Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ely Aquafest returns. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Emerging victorious in the raft race was Shearline Precision Engineering’s ‘Sheer Chaos’ team. For more information, visit elyaquafest.org.uk.



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