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Ely Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to repair roof

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral has been given £500,000 to carry out important repairs on its South Nave Aisle roof.

The money, which comes from the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund, will be used as part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the historic Cambridgeshire building.

It is the fourth grant the cathedral has received from the fund.

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Ely firework display stopped early after firework goes off in face of volunteer

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

An organised fireworks display in Cambridgeshire had to be stopped early on Saturday after one of its volunteers was injured.

The man was attending to the fireworks at the Ely XT during the display on Cherry Hill in front of the cathedral, when one exploded in his face.

ITV News Anglia has chosen not to show the exact moment the explosion happened.

The display was stopped immediately and he was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital for treatment.

Organisers say he's now recovering well at home.

At last nights Ely XT firework display one of our firework crew was unfortunately injured during the display.

He was attended to by on-site first aid and later treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He is now recovering well at home.

We would like to thank the Ely XT committee, the on-site first aiders and all members of the public who have wished him a speedy recovery.

– Spokesperson, Ely XT

Commuters in the East face further delays in 2017

Engineering works will take place over the Christmas and News Year period Credit: ITV News Anglia

Commuters in the East of England will face further delays to train services in 2017.

There will be ten days of engineering works over the Christmas and New Year period.

Services from Cambridge to Ely, and from the Norwich to London line, will be the most affected.

Weekend services will continue to disrupted until May 2017 to allow improvements to take place. Replacement buses will operate between Essex and London.

It's part of a £250 million project to improve the reliability of the railway.

The 'Ship of the Fens' attracts some unwanted visitors

Ely Cathedral has a problem with pigeons Credit: ITV News Anglia

Staff at Ely Cathedral say there are too many pigeons nesting around the roof of the 900 year old building.

They've noticed an unusally high number of the birds around the west tower and Cathedral porch.

They're now looking for humane ways to scare them off.

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They're grouping and clustering around the building in certain areas, creating a lot of mess. They're nesting and their nests are blocking our rainwater goods in some instances. The numbers are just too high for us really."

– Vicki Roulinson, Ely Cathedral

Online campaign to attract more visitors to Ely

A new website has been launched to promote the attractions of Ely in Cambridgeshire. Credit: www.visitely.org.uk/

The new website has been launched to attract more visitors to the historic city of Ely in Cambridgeshire.

The old Visit Ely website was deemed outdated and has now been refreshed and made easier to navigate.

“The website certainly has the ‘wow factor’ that will attract, engage and retain our audience.

“I have no doubt that this new commercial website will play an important factor in bringing more visitors into the district and will support the tourism team in their daily quest to promote all our tourism businesses and services.”

– Cllr Richard Hobbs, East Cambs Council
Cllr Richard Hobbs, Cllr Lis Every and Tracey Harding at the launch of the new Ely website. Credit: East Cambs Council

The aim is to hit 300,000 web users as year; the previous website attracted 220,000 visitors.

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Japanese sake brewery to come to Cambridgeshire

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

If you like a tipple, you'll probably know that our region already boasts several gin distilleries and also one of the best known makers of English whisky.

Well now it's set to be home to the UK's only brewery devoted to making Japanese rice wine or sake.

The development in derelict barns at Fordham Abbey near Ely will see £9 million invested over five years.

Man seriously injured after train strikes vehicle on level crossing

A train has hit a vehicle on the line between Cambridge and Ely with paramedics treating a man in his 40s for a severe head injury, the East of England Ambulance Service has said.

A spokesman said an emergency call was received at 2.34pm on Friday with the East Anglian Air ambulance, a land ambulance, three ambulance officers, the hazardous area response team and police sent to the scene near Stretham in Cambridgeshire.

One patient, a man in his 40s, has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed officers were on the railway line between Cambridge and Ely after reports a train had struck a vehicle on a level crossing.

Police were alerted just after 2.30pm.

The spokesman added that officers were being supported by the ambulance service.

Network Rail spokesman Ross Easton said: "At around 2.30pm, the 1354 Great Northern Kings Lynn - London King's Cross train struck a vehicle at a level crossing between Ely and Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

"A man has been airlifted to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

"This type of level crossing is typically used by fewer than ten vehicles per day and requires users to telephone a signal box for permission to cross. We are assisting the emergency services at the scene."

Contract confirmed for controversial Ely bypass

An artist's impression of the new road Credit: ITV Anglia

The contract's been confirmed for the controversial Ely southern bypass.

The road will cost £36 million and be built by Volker Fitzpatrick.

The bypass aims to cut journey times between A10 and Stuntney Causeway by half, and and reduce delays for motorists leaving the station at peak times.

English Heritage led opposition to the new road, claiming that it would spoil the views and historic setting of Ely Cathedral.

£16 million funding approved for building of Ely bypass

The current crossing at Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Ely southern bypass in Cambridgeshire has been given the go ahead by the government.

The Department of Transport has approved the £16 million funding required to build the road which hopes to ease congestion on the A10 and A142 around the city.

Campaigners have long argued that the bypass would ruin the picturesque landscape around Ely.

I am delighted we are able to support Cambridgeshire County Council with this important project.

The Ely Southern Link scheme will make a huge difference to local people, easing roads congestion, reducing delays on the rail network, and helping to boost the local economy.

Our investment of £16 million is a crucial step towards making these benefits a reality.

– Transport Minister Robert Goodwill
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