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A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide

The world premiere of an historic film will be staged in Ely Cathedral on Saturday, 28th Febryary - two days after the Anniversary of the only Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race road off the Thames.

A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide has been produced by the Diamond44 Community Group, who restaged the event on the Adelaide Straight of the Great Ouse on its sixtieth anniversary in 2004.

Among the guests was Martin Whitworth, who rowed in the Cambridge Boat in 1944 and 1945, the last of a series of unofficial wartime races 70 years ago.  He is now president of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club, which was born out of the 2004 celebration.

Martin said "it brought back memories of what I remember as a very special time in my life even though there were severe deprivations because of the war."

The 2004 event, which attached 5,000 spectators, included many of the sights and sounds of war-time Ely.  A similar experience of stepping back in time is promised at the premiere, scheduled for 7pm.

You can see a preview of the film below.  Tickets priced at £7.50 are available from the Ely Cathedral Box Office: Open Mon-Sat 9.30 - 4pm Tel: 01353 660359 or online.  All proceeds from the event will go to support community rowing in Ely.







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We welcome rowers of all levels of ability. We have a successful junior section, an enthusiastic recreational section, and welcome those who will help us build our competitive crews. We run Learn to Row Courses at various points in the year for Adult beginners.  We also welcome those who can bring experience to help coach our rowers at all levels.

Who are we?

We are a relatively new club founded in 2004.  The club was born out of the Diamond44 celebrations which marked the 60th anniversary of the 1944 University Boat Race rowed at Ely. The Club colours, dark blue for Oxford and light blue for Cambridge, symbolise this connection. We serve Ely and the area north of Cambridge

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