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Historic ceremony returns to dry land
A TRADITION dating back hundreds of years is returning to dry land.
The opening of Colchester’s oyster fisheries is celebrated annually on the first Friday of September.
For decades, the event to mark the start of Colchester’s famous oyster fishing season, was held on board a boat in Pyefleet Creek.
But former mayor Sonia Lewis created national headlines when she brought the event back on to terra firma in 2010 as she suffered from acute sea sickness.
Now Colchester’s current mayor Colin Sykes has decided to hold this year’s event on September 6 on dry land in a bid to make it more inclusive.
Mr Sykes said: “The theme of my mayoral year is Colchester united with the aim of bringing people together and of enabling people to participate as far as possible.
“We have a number of council members who simply can’t do boats. Some don’t like water, some get seasick, some can’t get on boats.
“By holding it on land it means everyone has the opportunity to attend.”
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