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Ely Mayor Sue Austen

Since taking up her post as Mayor in the summer, Cllr Sue Austen and her consort, Cllr Arnie Arnold have had to think outside the box. They are very happy to do socially distanced visits to support groups and organisations and encourage you to get in touch if you would like a them to officially attend.

Since the last issue, the Mayor and Consort have been out and about in Ely meeting market traders, residents and visitors to the city. They also laid wreaths at 3 ceremonies commemorating the end of WWII.

They weathered a little drizzle in early September to watch the KD Theatre production of ‘Treasure Island’ in the Dean's garden. “It was such a treat to see some live theatre and all who attended were impressed by the careful attention to social distancing so that everyone could have fun in safety. ” Said Sue. “The council have just agreed to the use of the Maltings again so that the Christmas Panto can go ahead. Due to social distancing measures this will be available to an overall audience of just 4,000 instead of the usual 11,000 that throng to see the show, but we were determined to find a way forward to support this annual Christmas treat for the people of Ely.”

As part of Heritage Weekend, the Mayor’s consort organised visits to the wonderful cemetery in Ely together with the Visit Ely Team. The Mayor's Garden Party at Wisbech Castle went ahead. What a stunning place it is. The once derelict castle and gardens have all been brought back to life by local volunteers.

The Mayor had a very interesting and inspiring visit to the volunteers at ‘Scrubs for Cambridgeshire’ which is currently hosted at Bar 62 They met with organiser, Giocoma Gomez and some of her team. What an extraordinary enterprise it is!

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