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Crowds line the streets for Ely Potato race

One of the Ely Potato races taking place in the High Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The city of Ely has been hosting a unique world sporting championship.

Competitors, including two pantomime characters have been taking part in the world's only street potato racing event.

Those taking part have to run carrying either a 20kg or 10kg bag of potatoes.

It's part of efforts to show the journey the potato makes from the field to the frier.

Last year the event raised around £2,000 for local schools and charities with hundreds of people lining the streets to watch the action.

Competitors taking part in the Ely Potato Race in the High Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Basically it's an endurance event where people race from one end of the high street to the other with 20kg of potatoes. It is fun, but more and more over the years it has become very competitive. It's a celebration of the potato and it's the harvest festival here in Ely this weekend and it's to celebrate the crop of the potatoes, it's very important."

– Austen Dack, Marketing Manager Isle of Ely Produce

Cambridgeshire city hoping to become plastic free

Ely is hoping to become the first city in the UK to go totally plastic bag free.

It's joining the Morsbag scheme - which encourages people to make reusable bags from old fabric.

Shops and supermarkets there say they're backing the project.

"It would be great to say we have achieved that. We're not the size of Cambridge or Oxford so we have a relatively small, tight network of shopkeepers

Many have already switched to cloth and paper bags and Waitrose is committed to reducing single-use plastic too, so we are hoping the momentum builds."

– Tracey Harding, Visit Ely
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