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The cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is a city in a rural region of the country whose economy is largely agricultural based. Prior to the Fens being dredged the harvesting of osier (willow) and sedge (rush) along with the extraction of peat were the main activities. Ely was also famed for eel fishing, for both income and food, and it may be from this activity that the city gets its name. Although the settlement existed during Roman times there is little evidence of this now.
Annual events held in Ely include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978. Other events include the Eel Day carnival procession and the annual fireworks display in Ely Park, first staged in 1974. The Ely Folk Festival has been held in the city since 1985 and the Ely Horticultural Society have been staging their Great Autumn Show since 1927.
Ely Cathedral dates back to the 11th century when construction began under the supervision of the first Norman Bishop, Simeon. The cathedral's construction continued until the 16th century and was restored in the 19th century by George Gilbert Scott.
Located in the foothills of the Pennines, the West Yorkshire city of Bradford has a culturally diverse population with many immigrants from County Mayo and Sligo in Ireland and Jewish wool merchants from Germany who came to the city in the 19th century. More recently many immigrants from south Asia, particularly from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, came during the 1950's and 1960's.
Bradford's textile industry has been in decline since the 1950's and many of its mills have been redeveloped. The grandest of the mills no longer used for textile production is Lister's Mill, the chimney of which can be seen from most places in Bradford. It has become a beacon of regeneration after a £100 million conversion to apartment blocks.
Bradford City Park, now home to the Bradford Festival which includes the Mela, is a six-acre public space in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city - a 4,000sq m mirror pool featuring more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30 meters. When the mirror pool is drained City Park is capable of holding events such as carnivals, markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.