A small group of rowers from the Rowing Club of Ribe in Denmark, Ribe RoKlub, visited Ely at the invitation of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club over the Eel Day weekend. The visit was supported by the Ely Ribe Association as part of their initiative to link up similar interest groups in the twinned cities. Howard McMillan, Chairman of the Association, presented each club with a framed certificate to commemorate the visit at an informal dinner on Saturday evening. He hopes that this will be the start of regular meetings between the clubs. Talks have already begun about a return visit. The rowers from Ribe were hosted by members of the Ely club and took part in the Eel Day celebrations.
Rowers from both clubs spent time together on the river and new friendships were made during a very successful weekend.
Danish flags will fly again in Ely from 21-25 June, as 20 guests from our twin town of Ribe will be visiting the city as guests of the Ely-Ribe Association.
The visit is timed to coincide with the prestigious Cathedral Flower Festival, but will begin with a reception in Oliver Cromwell House on the Thursday evening and the opportunity for a private viewing of the building and a welcome from the Mayor.
Guests and hosts will visit the Festival on the Friday and spend the following day in and around the city, before gathering for a celebration dinner in Little Downham Village Hall on the Saturday evening. After a tour of the Prickwillow Drainage Museum on Sunday afternoon, our Danish visitors will leave for home on the Monday. They will be accommodated in the homes of our Association members, and thus will have plenty of opportunities to sample the English way of life and what our city has to offer. Old friendships will be reinforced and new ones made over what promises to be a very busy weekend! Our thanks go to the City of Ely Council for supporting this visit.