Ely’s Forgotten Bands: The Approachable Pigeons

Image: John Glover and Lee Gillett

In 1982 Lee Gillett and John Glover formed a band – The Approachable Pigeons. Multi instrumentalist Lee had previously played in Herod’s Race, Wild Party Productions and other bands on the local scene. John had shouted for another local band, The Sokkets, and continued to write dodgy lyrics in his bedroom whilst listening to Elvis Costello and The Jam. John takes up the story:

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Anne’s View Uncut – Week 27

This week’s articles cover everything from the Olympics to McDonalds … and fear not, I even managed to get in another dig at the government!

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Ely Standstill

So there I was. Just arriving at Kings Cross with no idea of what was going on apart from the constant siren noises which frankly are part of London commuters’ life every day. After being whisked off to Pentonville Road I remember being asked what exactly had happened. Even as a journalist I had no clue. I walked to Farringdon but absolute pandemonium ensued.
The most worrying thing is if this can grind London to a standstill then what will happen come the 2012 olmpics launch?
Four bombs went off today but I honestly question why this was allowed to happen.

Ely Folk Weekend 2005 Is Here!

Image: Ely Folk Festival

Ely Onliners of the past few years may have seen my dodgy reviews [2000/02/03/04] of previous Folk Weekends. This year will be no different. From today (Friday 8th) to Sunday 10th of July, myself and the Ed will be found down at the site on Downham Road taking in the music, atmosphere and, hopefully, the sun. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, they’re gradually drawing me in to their world of beards, hats and colourful trousers. I’ve even been down to the Folk Club at the Maltings twice now. It’s good stuff.

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The Sun Sets on Ely Folk Weekend 2005

Although decidedly chilly on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday was blessed with sunshine from dawn til dusk making Ely Folk Weekend 2005 the place to be!

Highlights for me included Colvin Quarmby, Steve Tilston, Last Night’s Fun and Acoustic Strawbs.

A full review will be available from John Glover very soon.

Anne’s View Uncut – Week 28

Image: The Terror Suspects

We are only prepared when we have prepared ourselves for the worst. We are only ready when we have rehearsed for every possible occurrence. We only succeed when no opponent is left standing … Anonymous

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Judging Day – Ely In Bloom 2005

Image: Ely In Bloom

After working flat out since March, the day of reckoning has finally arrived for the volunteers, organisations and businesses who have been working with the Ely Perspective to prepare the City for entry in this year’s Anglia in Bloom… along with the judges, Brian Thornton and Brian Swift.

Just under 40 voluntary organisations and businesses have been involved along with numerous individuals and preparations have been extensive and sustained as progress throughout the year has had to be recorded.

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Ely Ales & Forehill Brewery – A Brief History

Image: The Original New Story

I recently redesigned the website for Ely Museum and while gathering information I came across the museum exhibits for the Brewery in Forehill and Ely Ales. I have lived in the area all my life and was aware Ely once had a brewery but didn’t realise how important it was to Ely at that time!

While viewing the exhibits I saw a reproduction news article detailing the history and beer making process of the Forehill Brewery when it was owned by Hall, Cutlack and Harlock (It was later owned by East Anglian Breweries) and decided (with the kind permission of Ely Museum) to reproduce it here. The article featured on page 11 of the Ely Standard on 15th April 1938.

The Brewery itself is long gone but if you are interested, it was located at the very bottom of Forehill, to the left, just before the sharp turn into Broad Street.

If you worked there be sure to leave a comment.

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Ely Folk Weekend Review 2005

Image: Folk Boy Three

Once again the Ely Online Folk Boy Three (plus new recruit, Holly), got our yearly dose of Folk Music at the 20th Ely Folk Weekend. I was there to provide the words, Karl the pictures, Holly the spangly hats and Lee the musician’s eye view of the proceedings.

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Anne’s View Uncut – Week 29

Image: Ely Parking Charges

As usual the local council has prompted a bewildered … “What the hell …?â€? from me. I swear It’s almost as though someone somewhere has it in for little ole Ely. Because once again the squad has let down the Ely traders (and
patrons) with yet another line of attack. Next we’ll be reading that shoppers are banned from the shops or that pavements are to be removed due to the cracks!
So for me, it’s all about the parking this week. And for a light hearted chuckle at my expense I have included an article I recently came across depicting the ultimate American tourist (with expressed permission, I might add)!

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