GALLERY: Photographer Steve looks back at the events of 2013 in the Fens

MARCH into the 1940’S. Hollie Symonds dressed for the occasion.

MARCH into the 1940’S. Hollie Symonds dressed for the occasion. - Credit: Archant

From Christmas productions to mass demonstrations, if something was going on in Fenland, our photographer Steve Williams was there to capture the moment.

Wisbech seconds cricket vs Camden.

Wisbech seconds cricket vs Camden. - Credit: Archant

It all began in January with the Whittlesey Straw Bear festival, which once again attracted thousands of people from all over the world who lined the town’s streets to witness the annual procession of folk dancing groups led by the bears.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park.

Immigration Demonstration in Wisbech park. - Credit: Archant

In March, young Hollie Symonds was among the people who dressed up for the occasion as the GER Sports Club held “March into the 1940s”, which celebrated one of the most significant period’s in British history.

March Christmas Market.

March Christmas Market. - Credit: Archant

Other guests wore soldier uniforms, while some donned fur shrugs and aprons.

Park Lane Primary School, Whittlesey. Pantomime Pandemonium.

Park Lane Primary School, Whittlesey. Pantomime Pandemonium. - Credit: Archant

May saw tensions rise in Wisbech as an anti-immigration protest group attracted 300 people to Wisbech Park following a Facebook campaign.

Straw Bear parade 2013. Whittlesey.

Straw Bear parade 2013. Whittlesey. - Credit: Archant


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In June, at the heart of the cricket season, a Wisbech batsman has to trudge back to the pavilion after being bowled by the finest of margins - the Camden bowler’s delivery dislodging one of the bails.

Little Downham Horse trials.

Little Downham Horse trials. - Credit: Archant

He was trackside at July’s Cortina-Capri Banger meeting at Swaffham Raceway, capturing spectacular action and high-speed crashes.

Obedience training being run by Roddons and local dog training club K9.

Obedience training being run by Roddons and local dog training club K9. - Credit: Archant

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Also that month, housing association Roddons and dog training club K9 held a dog obedience day and dog show, which saw some interesting entries.

Cortina-Capri Banger meeting

Cortina-Capri Banger meeting - Credit: Archant

In October, the Little Downham Horse Trails attracted some of the world’s finest riders.

The three-day cross country, show jumping and dressage event at Ely Eventing Centre, which is now in its 12th year, has gone from strength to strength.

One of March’s most resounding successes of the past year was the town’s Christmas market, which drew massive crowds.

December also saw Fenland’s nursery and primary schools put on a series of Christmas productions.

Park Lane Primary School, Whittlesey, got in on the act with “Pantomime Pandemonium”.

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