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Farming old and new will be on show during Ely Cathedral's harvest festival weekend (9 to 11 October 2015).

Sheep, farm machinery and food and flower displays will take centre stage within the Cathedral as the NFU links up with local organisations and companies to showcase the wide variety and high quality of produce grown in the Fens.

The theme this year is the Fruits of the Harvest. Sheep supplied by farmers Mark Drew and Frances Cook from Rampton, Cambridgeshire will be taking temporary home inside the Cathedral, along with an Allis-Chalmers Model B tractor, dating back to the 1940s.

Alongside the displays there will be photographs of farm scenes from the 1960s and free recipe leaflets to take away. Organisations taking part this year include Cambridgeshire Beekeepers, the Farmland Museum at Denny Abbey, G's Growers at Barway, and NIAB, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Barcham Trees is supplying trees for a display by the Cathedral's Flower Guild in the Nave.

Events kick off at 7pm on Friday 9 October with harvest supper in the Lady Chapel, including musical entertainment. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children under 12 and they are available from the Ely Cathedral box office on 01353 660349.

The harvest festival exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 10 October and 12.30pm to 4pm on Sunday 11 October, the start of the Harvest Songs of Praise service. Admission to the Cathedral is free on both days.

Charities supported by the harvest festival weekend this year are the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Ely Foodbank.

Notes to editors

For further information please contact NFU public relations officer Brian Finnerty on 01638 672125 or Lesley Ann Thompson, Director of Communications at Ely Cathedral on 01353 660350.

NFU East Anglia, Agriculture House, Willie Snaith Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7SN

Regional public relations officer: Brian Finnerty

Telephone: 01638 672125 Mobile: 07721 869856

The NFU is the voice of British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members.