From puddles in January to panto in December: Here’s 2017 in Fenland in photos

Wisbech kicked off 2017 in soggy style thanks to a burst water main at Weasenham Lane. Staff at Phoenix Engineering were forced to scoop water out of puddles to flus their toilet. Photo: Ian Carter

Wisbech kicked off 2017 in soggy style thanks to a burst water main at Weasenham Lane. Staff at Phoenix Engineering were forced to scoop water out of puddles to flus their toilet. Photo: Ian Carter

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2017 has been a year of highs and lows across Fenland – and it’s certainly been a busy one for our photographer Ian Carter, who has braved all weathers to capture the year on camera. Here are just some of the stories he has snapped along the way.

Fenland didn't escape the wrate of Storm Doris in February. This tree on Churchill Road, Wisbech, certainly felt the full force of the high winds. Photo: Ian CarterFenland didn't escape the wrate of Storm Doris in February. This tree on Churchill Road, Wisbech, certainly felt the full force of the high winds. Photo: Ian Carter

January began in soggy style for an engineering firm in Wisbech. A burst water main meant workers at Phoenix Engineering had to bale water out from puddles in their office in order to flush the toilet.

Anglian Water said they were “very sorry” for the delays that caused businesses to be without water for six days. Not a pleasant start to the year.

March saw a host of familiar faces return to Wisbech Town FC for one night only. Pictured here are Jackie Gallagher, Ian Benjamin, former boss Dick Creasey, who quit as manager earlier in the season, and Roy McManus. Photo: Ian CarterMarch saw a host of familiar faces return to Wisbech Town FC for one night only. Pictured here are Jackie Gallagher, Ian Benjamin, former boss Dick Creasey, who quit as manager earlier in the season, and Roy McManus. Photo: Ian Carter

February saw the unwelcome arrival of Storm Doris, who wreaked havoc across Fenland.

High winds ripped out more than 10 trees across the region, brought a wall down on top of a car in Chatteris and blew a bus over at West Walton near Wisbech. The East of England Ambulance Service assessed 15 people at the scene, three of which were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries.

Hundreds flock to Upwell every year for its Flower Festival in April - and 2017 was no different. Photo: Ian CarterHundreds flock to Upwell every year for its Flower Festival in April - and 2017 was no different. Photo: Ian Carter

Former managers and players returned to Wisbech Town in March for the club’s legends evening.

Dick Creasey, who resigned as manager earlier this season, hosted the event which saw Fenmen heroes Jackie Gallagher, Ian Benjamin and Roy McManus share stories from their careers to dozens of supporters.

The Outwell Raft Race thrilled crowds once again in May. Photo: Ian CarterThe Outwell Raft Race thrilled crowds once again in May. Photo: Ian Carter

“It was a brilliant evening with lots of laughter and reminiscing,” said chairman of Wisbech Town Supporters’ Club, Richard Meek.

Flowers filled Upwell’s Methodist Church for April, with the village’s annual festival proving to be a success again.

Whittlesey Fire Station opened its doors to the public in June. Photo: Ian CarterWhittlesey Fire Station opened its doors to the public in June. Photo: Ian Carter

The church opened its doors for the popular festival which this year had the theme children’s books. There were around 20 displays and local people held an open gardens event. It was all organised to raise money to help the church’s roof fund.

Outwell waved goodbye to May and made a splash at its annual Raft Race. An estimated 1,000 people watched on from the riverbanks as teams of brave (and wet) rafters navigated the river – all in the name of charity.

Youngsters - and adults - were left covered in multi-coloured paint after a successful Colour Run at The Brink in Wisbech. Photo: Ian CarterYoungsters - and adults - were left covered in multi-coloured paint after a successful Colour Run at The Brink in Wisbech. Photo: Ian Carter

The heat was turned up in Whittlesey in June – and not just because of the sunny weather. The town’s Fire Station was opened to the public to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The station’s on-call firefighters went through several drills and vintage fire engine Vivienne proved a hit again.

Steam locomotive fans were given a treat at March's Steam and Vintage Festival back in August. Photo: Ian CarterSteam locomotive fans were given a treat at March's Steam and Vintage Festival back in August. Photo: Ian Carter

A splash of colour was brought to Wisbech in July with The Brinks’ Colour Run – a 5km challenge that saw runners caked in multi-coloured paint - before vintage steam vehicles rolled into March’s Market Place in August.

The East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH) got a big financial boost thanks to athletes taking on the Insane Terrain challenge in September, before Cadets lined the streets of Wisbech to celebrate the freedom of the town in October.

Those brave enough to take on the Insane Terrain challenge in aid of EACH in September were given a soaking. Photo: Ian CarterThose brave enough to take on the Insane Terrain challenge in aid of EACH in September were given a soaking. Photo: Ian Carter

Chatteris hero George Clare, who leapt to the aid of soldiers in World War One, was honoured with a plaque in the town in November and young actors in Wisbech have been getting the town in the festive spirit this month thanks to RATZ’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which is running until December 31 at The Angles Theatre.

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