GALLERY: Ely Cathedral lawn hosts the historic Hoop Trundle which commemorates re-founding of school by King Henry VIII

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, winners (l-r) Sophie Emms (18) and Sam Huguet (18)

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, winners (l-r) Sophie Emms (18) and Sam Huguet (18) - Credit: Archant

COMPETITIVE spirit was riding high at King’s Ely as the King’s and Queen’s Scholars went head-to-head in the historic Hoop Trundle.

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, Jamie Huffer

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, Jamie Huffer - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered on Saturday for the fiercely contested event, where King’s and Queen’s Scholars bowl traditional wooden hoops over a course on the East Lawn of Ely Cathedral.

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely,

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, - Credit: Archant

Twelve Scholars are appointed each year on the basis of academic excellence. Distinguished by their red gowns, the King’s and Queen’s Scholars are all great friends but their competitive side was most certainly on display today.

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, Milly Green

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, Milly Green - Credit: Archant

Scholars are also appointed in King’s Ely International.

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely,

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, - Credit: Archant

Sophie Emms beat Laura Day and Clea Tanner in the Queen’s Scholars’ final.

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely,

Kings School Hoop Trundle in Ely, - Credit: Archant


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Sam Huguet emerged victorious in the King’s Scholars’ final, defeating Tony Lesmeister, Matvey Pogrebinskiy and Jamie Huffer.

The winners were presented with the Hoop Trundle commemorative wooden tankards by Mayor-Elect, Elaine Griffin-Singh, which they will hold until next year’s event.

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The Hoop Trundle commemorates the re-founding of the school by King Henry V111 in 1541. Having dissolved Ely monastery, which had educated children for centuries, he gave the school its first Royal Charter and inaugurated the 12 King’s Scholars.

One of the privileges he allowed them was to play games, including the bowling of hoops, in the Cathedral precincts.

In 1970, the school admitted girls for the first time in its 1,000 year history, and three years later the King’s Scholars were joined by Queen’s Scholars at the request of Queen Elizabeth 11 during her visit to the school in 1973.

“The Hoop Trundle is King’s Ely’s most light-hearted tradition,” Head Sue Freestone remarked.

“It is always great to see everyone having so much fun.”

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