GALLERY: Thousands pack into Ely Cathedral for opening day of flower festival

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival,

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival, - Credit: Archant

MORE than six thousand people descended on Ely Cathedral on Thursday for the opening day of the highly-anticipated flower festival.

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival,

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival, - Credit: Archant

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival,

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival, - Credit: Archant

Cathedral officials had three thousand tickets pre-sold for the opening day alone but more than double that number trundled through the west door, with 48 coach loads arriving for the opening.

Visitors were treated to a plethora of colourful and creative displays from flowers clubs across the region, including Granta and Suffolk.

One of the highlights of the festival, which is based on the theme ‘The Creation’, is a river of water running down the nave to the altar, which has been filled with more than 30 thousand litres of water.

Although not officially encouraged to, visitors have even taken to throwing coins in the water.


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Three large marquees on Cathedral Green are playing host to a range of craft stalls and live flower arranging demonstrations.

The festival is running daily until Sunday.

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