Alison Powell

Isle of Ely Arts Festival enters its second week with performances, poetry, music and art…all on your doorstep

The Festival enters its second week with an abundance of arts and culture on offer locally. Catch The Festival Players in ‘Groping for Words’ by Sue Townsend at two village venues this week. First performed in 1983 when Margaret Thatcher was in power, the problems of adult literacy the play explores are still here a generation later. The …

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East Cambridgeshire District Council Serious About Enforcement of Environmental Crime

East Cambridgeshire is clamping down on fly-tipping and littering and has issued increased numbers of fixed penalty notices for Environmental Crimes. In an effort to reduce fly-tipping and littering across the district, East Cambridgeshire District Council’s domestic team have been working with the waste and street cleansing team at East Cambs Street Scene in raising …

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An Evensong to remember for King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir

King’s Ely Junior’s Chamber Choir is on a high after having the opportunity to sing Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The 35-strong choir, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 to 8, travelled to the capital for the service on June 3rd. They sang Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Herbert Sumsion and …

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Local Council Wastes No Time in Recycling the Unrecyclable

A local council has been the talk of the county after filling up a Zero Waste Box to the brim in just four weeks. East Cambridgeshire District Council, who installed the box for seemingly unrecyclable items such as crisp packets and sweet wrappers at The Grange, will send the contents to Terracycle to safely recycle …

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Recycling Project at Witchford Village College

Witchford Village College recently welcomed Jon Crisp from Amey, at Waterbeach. He held an assembly with our Year 8 students about recycling and reducing waste. He informed them about the waste that goes to landfill and how long it takes to break down. He then gave them information about recycling and waste reduction. Jon was …

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Sing! Choirs continuing to raise money for local good causes walks to an amazing new total!

A super singing opportunity for Sing! Choirs during May, which saw them being conducted by Call The Midwife star Cliff Parisi, turned into an amazing way to raise funds for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Kathryn Rowland, MD for Sing! Choirs says “We were delighted to be singing for the StarShine Night Walk supporting Arthur …

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Babylon ARTS, Ely to stage major John Piper Selling Exhibition opening 22nd June

Babylon ARTS, is to host a major selling exhibition of original prints and drawings by John Piper from 22nd June to 14th July at their riverside gallery in Ely. Piper is recognised as one of the great British artists of the 20th century and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of …

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Choristers and Friends Complete Charity Cycle Ride in Sweltering Heat

A group of King’s Ely Junior pupils, including four Ely Cathedral choristers, used their pedal power to raise more than £1,000 for good causes. Four members of Ely Cathedral Boys’ Choir – Thomas Perceval-Maxwell, James Barbrook, Max Black and Theo Almond – who are all pupils at King’s Ely Junior, cycled from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, …

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Local Education Trust to Host Inaugural Performing Arts Celebration

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) is bringing together eleven of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival, Evolve, showcase to celebrate the arts.   Over 360 pupils from eleven schools will be performing to friends, family and the community on Tuesday 2nd July at The Peterborough Theatre. Each school will perform a piece of …

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City of Ely Swimming Celebrate Four Regional Medals

As the Eastern Regional Swimming Championships drew to a close last weekend, head coach Elaine Hill was able to reflect on the Club’s best regional performance for many years.    Swimming against the top swimmers of their age from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, the club celebrates three medal winners (pictured). Maximilian Veiga …

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Don’t miss magical production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at King’s Ely

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is being staged at King’s Ely in June.   The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who are celebrating their 15th birthday this year and an amazing 425 years since the original company was first created, are bringing the hugely popular open-air production to the picturesque gardens of King’s …

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Ely Cadet Appointed Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire

Congratulations to Cadet Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron Air Training Corps who last night at Waterbeach Barracks was appointed as Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Cambridgeshire by Her Majesties Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Julie Spence OBE QPM. Also present and pictured below Wing Commander Anthony Kelly FCMI RAFAC Officer Commanding Beds & Cambs …

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Isle of Ely Arts Festival Launches with Award Winning Poet Wendy Cope

This year’s festival themed ‘Landscapes of Life’ features an unmissable programme of art, performance, music, literature & free events. The festival launches on Friday 14 June with ‘An Evening with Wendy Cope OBE in conversation with Jeremy Sallis’.   The evening will include poetry readings from Wendy who will be joined by BBC presenter Jerermy for …

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East Cambs Businesses are Invited to Cut Carbon at Free Workshop

With climate change and energy efficiency a hot topic in the news at the moment, businesses are invited to learn more about how they can be more sustainable and reduce their carbon outputs at a free energy efficiency workshop at the e-Space North business centre in Littleport, Ely on Tuesday 11th June, 8.30-10am. The breakfast …

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Ely Junior Swimmers Wrap up 2019 Eastern Regional Champs with Gold

City of Ely Swimming Club’s 14 years and under qualifiers wrapped up the final weekend of the Eastern Regional Swimming Championships over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend at the UEA Sportspark, Norwich.   Competing in the 11-12 years age category, Maximilian Veiga swam in 50m &100m Butterfly, 50m & 100m Backstroke, 50m …

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Hit band, The Tailormade, visit King’s Ely to share their skills with young musicians

Musicians from King’s Ely were in their element when The Tailormade –crowned the ‘Best buskers in London’ by former London Mayor Boris Johnson – paid them a visit. The hit band worked with Year 9 students who are studying GCSE Music next year, Year 10 GCSE Music students and Year 12 A Level Music students. …

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Brand new Pro Wrestling promotion brings UK’s best to Ely Beet Club

Founded by an Ely native and now professional wrestler, the all new Pro Wrestling Ambush brings a new form of live entertainment suitable for all the family to the people of Ely and the surrounding communities at great value. Featuring both UK and international wrestling stars, some of whom you can see now on the …

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Platinum Properties wins ‘Best in County’ title at The ESTAS, the most prestigious Estate & Letting Agent awards in the UK

The Ely based agency received the ‘Best in County’ title for Cambridgeshire at the prestigious ESTAS 2019. The award was announced by Phil Spencer, the TV property expert at a lavish luncheon & ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane London attended by 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals. Phil Spencer, who has hosted …

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New Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership is officially launched

A new partnership has been launched to bring together school headteachers, education professionals and young people from across Cambridgeshire. The county’s Service Director for Education, Jonathan Lewis, former National Chairman of the Independent Schools Association, Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE, and Tricia Pritchard from the Opportunity Area Partnership Board for Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, were among delegates …

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The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site

  Hand-reared black-tailed godwits beat the odds to return to East Anglian reserve from migration. A total of 18 hand reared black-tailed godwits migrate home to the Fens where they were raised as chicks. Project Godwit will release more of the endangered birds in the Fens this year Miracle black-tailed godwits hand-reared at WWT Welney …

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King’s Ely Junior swimmers to compete in National IAPS Finals

Seven King’s Ely Junior pupils have qualified for the finals of a fiercely-contested national swimming competition. The Independent Association of Prep Schools’ (IAPS) National Swimming Finals will see prep school-age swimmers from across the country battling it out at the London Aquatics Centre on June 8th. This year, King’s Ely Junior is delighted to have …

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Weekend of Walking, Fundraising for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

40km, Three Summits and 3400 Calories (each!) in 9.5 hours! On Friday 17th May, friends from Ely City Golf Club completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge (Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) together raising over £3,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity who support people in Cambridgeshire living with a life-limiting illness and those who need end-of-life …

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King’s Ely students qualify for national finals of UK Team Maths Challenge

Mathematicians from King’s Ely have reached the national finals of a fiercely-contested competition.   King’s Ely Senior students Elliot Bord and Ben Collier and King’s Ely Junior pupils John Lau and James MacGillivray are one of only 88 school teams to qualify for the national finals of the UK Team Maths Challenge. More than 1,700 …

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Ely City Hockey Club’s Annual Tournament Raises £1735

Thirteen mixed teams from around East Anglia arrived at Ely Outdoor Sports Association on Friday 17th May 2019 to set up camp in preparation for the start of Ely City Hockey Club’s annual hockey tournament on Saturday morning. Organised by Gemma Neal, Sophie Robb and Natalie Jones, the tournament had a Wild West theme this …

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Soham Carnival 2019 – 66 Years of Family Fun Raising Money for the Local Community

This years Soham Carnival takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 with a full programme of events! On Arena 1 & 2 from 9am – 1.00pm is the Traditional Heavy Horse Show, followed by the judging of the parade floats at 1.45 pm. The parade starts at 1.00pm from Holmes Lane through the …

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Daniel ends long distance juniors Regional drought

Congratulations to Daniel Kendall from City of Ely Swimming Club who became the first junior from the club to compete at Swim England’s East Region Long Course Distance Championships since 2009. At the long distance championships swimmers aged 14 years and under achieving the required Eastern Region qualifying times, compete at 800m and 1,500m Freestyle. …

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Flavours of the World at Ely Markets – Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Want to travel the world without leaving Cambridgeshire? Just head to Ely Markets. Ely’s weekly markets regularly feature a diverse mix of street food, produce and gifts from across the globe. This bank holiday weekend, the regular traders will be joined by the Flavours of the World market, returning for its 15th year. Ely’s Market …

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Newly announced Heads of School win King’s Ely Hoop Trundle 2019

It was certainly an afternoon to remember for Sol Boon and Lottie Wilkinson, who were formally announced as being King’s Ely’s new Heads of School for 2019/20 before then going on to win the school’s annual Hoop Trundle. Crowds of students, staff, families, dignitaries and friends of King’s Ely gathered around the East Lawn of …

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10is Academy’s Team Tennis clinches 7 wins out of 8 after dominant weekend

The rain did something this weekend that not many opponents could slow down 10is Academy’s players. The 10is Academy players had a busy weekend with 8 matches to be played over the weekend. It all started on Saturday with the 8U playing at David Lloyd (DL) Cambridge against Peterborough and DL Cambridge. The 10is players …

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Waitrose Supply GCSE Breakfasts at WVC

Waitrose, Ely are generously backing Witchford Village College’s initiative and will be supplying healthy breakfasts to our Year 11 students through their GCSE exams. The initiative was piloted in November, for mock exams, proving to be very successful in ensuring all students had a wholesome breakfast before going into an exam. Debbie Walker, Head of …

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Lord Browne of Madingley Guest of Honour at King’s Ely Senior Prizegiving

John Browne, Lord Browne of Madingley, took a step back in time by returning to King’s Ely to be Guest of Honour at Senior Prizegiving. Lord Browne, best known for his role as the Chief Executive of the energy company BP from 1995 to 2007, is an Old Elean (former King’s Ely student) and was …

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Fenland Chronic Illnesses Support Group Celebrates its 3rd Birthday

This coming Friday, Fenland Chronic illnesses support group will be 3 years old! Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart issue, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. My whole life in an instant came crashing down. Everything  rapidly became difficult, particularly my mobility, dexterity and memory. I had so many questions. So I looked for ways …

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Eco-friendly Farm Shop Bringing the Zero Waste Revolution to Ely Late Summer and You Can Help

The Prospects Trust is looking to extend its reach and expand its horizons. Celebrating its 30th anniversary later this year, the organic farm that provides work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities is planning to open a really GREEN grocery shop and needs your help. Come and meet the team behind Prospects Trust unwrapped and …

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Cambridgeshire Village Colleges Heritage Project

Witchford Village College is pleased to be supporting The Cambridgeshire Village Colleges Heritage Project. Soham-based Viva Arts and Community Group has received £65,500 from the National Lottery to deliver the community project, which combines oral history and research with travelling exhibitions, film and learning resources. Established by education visionary Henry Morris, Cambridgeshire’s Chief Education Officer …

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King’s Ely teaching trio conquers London Marathon 2019

Three members of teaching staff from King’s Ely took on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon – one of whom even smashed an official Guinness World Record. Alison Stewart, Richard Oliver and Jonathan Hobbs were among tens of thousands of people who put their best feet forward in the 26.2 mile race in the capital …

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King’s Ely students pick up design award at RoboCon 2019

King’s Ely Senior students competed in RoboCon for the first ever time this year – and won the Best Engineering Design award for one of their robots. Two teams of Year 9 pupils entered the competition, which took place in Cambridge during the Easter holidays. RoboCon is a robotics competition aimed at students in Years …

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Hearing and visually impaired pupils’ samba rhythms to get crowds into the groove at Eel Festival

Young people with visual and hearing impairments, as well as dozens of others from local schools, will be bringing the sounds of a Rio Carnival to Ely’s Eel Day celebrations this weekend with a live samba performance. About 150 young people, some of whom have difficulties hearing or seeing, will be leading the festival-opening Eel …

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Verdi Requiem in Ely Cathedral Provides Glorious Culmination to Annual Eel Festival

Ely Sinfonia and Kings Lynn Festival Chorus wind up Ely’s Eel Day with one of the best-loved Requiems ever written Two of East Anglia’s most vibrant community organisations join forces in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 4th May to perform one of the most loved Requiems ever written, bringing Ely’s annual Eel Day to a magnificent …

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Ely Squadron NCO’s recently visited USAF Air Base in Germany

Here’s a report from one of Ely’s Air Cadets, Sergeant Luca Chadwick who along with two other Ely Squadron NCO’s recently visited USAF Air Base Ramstein in Germany for an overseas Easter camp. “On the 31st March, myself and Corporals Leah and West left for a 12 day camp at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The …

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Beds and Cambs Cadets Presented with Army Cadet Force Awards

Ely Squadron’s senior cadet, Flight Sergeant Rory Donoghue has returned home after a week away with the Army Cadets on The Saint Martins Plain Army Training Ground. Flight Sergeant Donoghue was joined by four other Air Cadets from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing:Cpl Hope (Spalding) SquadronCdt Paszka (Holbeach) SquadronCpl Fletcher (Cranfield) Squadron and Sgt Keenan (Linton) …

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King’s Ely Students head to Portugal for Easter Rowing Camp

A group of King’s Ely rowers spent the first week of their Easter break improving their skills on the waters in Western Portugal. The climate and weather conditions were far from exotic however, as the students faced strong winds and heavy rain every day during their trip, which saw 26 students from Years 9-13 at …

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Daisy the Donkey goes down a storm at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery

Children at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery had a very special visitor as part of their Easter preparations in the form of an adorable donkey called Daisy! Liz Wright, a Welfare Adviser from the Donkey Sanctuary, popped into school with Daisy, one of her rescue donkeys, for a special outdoor worship themed around Easter. Pupils …

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Ely Runners beginners and parkrun

The latest beginners’ course delivered by Ely Runners has concluded, resulting in a group of local people running great 5K times.  The course focussed on sound form and posture, pacing, breathing and interval work, among other aspects of running for beginners and those returning to running.  Many of the course participants shaved minutes off their …

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A King’s Ely student wins photography competition for second year running!

King’s Ely Sixth Form student Luna Guo has been announced as the winner of this year’s Ilford Photo UK Student Photographer of the Year Competition. In what is now the competition’s ninth year, photography students from across the UK were tasked with creating a black and white (B&W) image that encapsulates an inspiring line from …

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Day to remember as new Cathedral Choristers are officially installed

Ten of King’s Ely’s and Ely Cathedral’s newest probationer choristers have been officially installed. The choristers were installed during what was a very special Mothering Sunday Eucharist at the Cathedral, attended also by three junior probationers to mark the completion of the first stage in their chorister journey. It was also the final weekend that …

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Ely Potato Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding!

Isle of Ely Produce is once again searching for charities and local organisations that could benefit from a share of £1,500 which was raised at its annual potato race. A further £1,500 was raised which has already been given away to help support National Fish and Chip Day which is on June 7th 2019, and …

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King’s Ely students on top form at Microsoft Research Cambridge’s DigiGirlz Day

King’s Ely Junior pupils attended the inspiring DigiGirlz Day at Microsoft Research Cambridge – and picked up a prize. DigiGirlz Days are being held at Microsoft hubs across the globe and are designed to provide school-age girls with a better understanding of what a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is like. The …

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International award for dedicated King’s Ely teacher

A Teacher from King’s Ely has won an award in recognition of his passion for promoting internet and digital safety among pupils, parents and staff. Dan Everest, who is Head of Computing and Digital Innovation at King’s Ely Junior, has been awarded a ‘Digital Leaders Star Teacher Award’ by Childnet International, an organisation which works …

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Smiles all round at King’s Ely Acremont’s Grandparents’ Afternoon

Pupils at King’s Ely Acremont were in their element showing their grandparents around their classrooms and some of the many things they have learned. The special Grandparents’ Afternoon welcomed a large gathering of grandmas and grandpas of Reception age pupils into school. The visitors enjoyed a fun phonics lesson and some Spanish singing with the …

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Local teacher recognised at the 19th Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards

On 22nd March, David Bausor, Lead Practitioner of Technology at Ely College was presented with the award for Innovation and Creativity in Design and Technology for his outstanding contribution at the 19th Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards. An annual event held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, situated on the banks of the …

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Students showcase their science projects to primary pupils and visitors at Ely College’s second Science Fair

To celebrate British Science Week, Year 7 & 8 students from Ely College hosted their second annual Science Fair last week. Inviting parents and local primary schools, who attended over the two days, this year’s event was enjoyed by over 300 members of the community. Using their lessons to plan, test and prepare presentations for …

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Babylon ARTS charity launches campaign to Save Ely Cinema

Ely Cinema based in The Maltings on Ely’s Riverside, is facing the difficult decision on whether to close later this summer. The small independent cinema has been in the building for over 20 years but arts charity Babylon ARTS who operate the single screen can no longer afford to subsidise its operation. Claire Somerville, Chief …

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Spray Cans at the Ready… Street Art at WVC

A small group of students where given the exciting challenge to graffiti walls in their school last week. Students were lead through the design and planning process, then instructed in spray paint techniques by Graffiti Artist and Illustrator Si Mitchell. The workshop culminated in the spraying of two large external walls at Witchford Village College. …

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Sixth Form Photography students in running for national prizes

Five A Level Photography students from King’s Ely have been shortlisted for prizes in two prestigious competitions. Luna Guo, 18, has been shortlisted for top prize in this year’s UK ILFORD PHOTO Student Competition, entitled ‘Reading between the Lines’, which celebrates students using black and white film. Orla Simpson, 18, Charlie Watson, 17, Fiona Fung, …

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