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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

Family pay tributes to Cambridgeshire woman killed in crash

Map of car crash location Credit: ITV Anglia

The family of a Cambridgeshire woman have paid tribute to her after she died in a crash yesterday (27th September).

75-year-old Joan Matthews of Chestnut Way, Mepal died on the A10 Ely Road, Little Thetford.

She was driving a silver Honda Jazz which collided with an articulated lorry.

"We are absolutely devastated at the loss of a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, sister and grandmother.

"Loved by so many, she will be dearly missed. We would kindly ask that we can mourn this tragic loss in private."

– Joan Matthews' family

Cambridgeshire police have asked for any witnesses to call 101.


Soaking up the sun at the Ely Folk Festival

Hundreds of people have been soaking up the sun at a popular Cambridgeshire music festival this weekend.

The Ely Folk Festival is now in its 34th year and just keeps growing.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

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