The Mayor’s Column from our September Elyi Magazine
Well we’re off and running again and certainly keeping busy. Anyone who tells you that there is nothing happening in Ely is not trying to get involved.
Terrific Ely Heroes this year, thank you Naomi and everyone. Great family events with Aquafest and the Folk Festival, and some wonderful concerts and events with the Isle of Ely Festival. All these things are possible because relatively small groups of committed people make them happen. While thanking them all on behalf of the city, I know they would all welcome more volunteers to help them.
Along with one of our Ely heroes, Fleur Patten and Ely Rocks, I was pleased to try and promote our Ely independent shops, just as the Elyi did in a great feature in the last issue. If we really appreciate our independents and want them to stay, then we must give them our custom and encourage tourists and visitors to come to Ely and spend money with them.
By the time you read this article the City’s tourism manager, Mrs Tracey Harding, will have left Ely for an exciting new post. We wish her well and thank her for instigating and masterminding Eel Day, the Food and Drink Festival, Applefest and making Oliver Cromwell House such a lively attraction. The work will continue in promoting Ely and our shops, restaurants and events.
At its July meeting the City Council unanimously passed a resolution about Inclusivity – we should be a city that respects everyone no matter their race, colour, religion, gender, age or disability. In an increasingly fractious world – tolerance and kindness to one another are even more important, which is one of the reasons why as your Mayor I gave my full support to the Pride in Ely event.
This summer I have spoken to nearly 500 young Chinese visitors to Ely, Italian students at the Ely Porta Language School, welcomed American and Canadian choirs who sing in the cathedral. The Mayoress and I have seen open air theatre with KD staging Peter Pan in the Dean’s Garden, the ADS have performed Twelfth Night in the Palace Gardens, classic car shows, summer garden parties, band concerts, art exhibitions, Prickwillow Drainage Museum…how lucky we are to be in Ely and thank you again to all those who make these events happen for us all to enjoy..
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