Cambridge Autumn Festival all-go

Dot Harding receives her winning photo on canvas print from festival organiser David McCathie after being announced as winner of the Find the Cambridge Tree Photo competition, sponsored by LesleyAnn Thomas of People in Mind (left).

The Cambridge Autumn Festival is in full swing this week.

Activities started on Friday with the Cambridge Can Dance event inside the Cambridge Town Hall, followed by the Main Street Carnival on Sunday where hundreds if not thousands of people flocked to town to enjoy the market and carnival activities on offer, including live dance, a choir and street performers.

But Monday was when the festival was officially launched at a special sponsors evening where winners of the short story and Cambridge tree photo competitions were announced.

Runner up Renee Boyer was on hand to receive her prize in the Cooney Insurance short story competition, and winner Jess Mackenzie was absent. This year’s competition theme “It started with a joke” saw excellent examples of fast-paced writing produced.

The winner of the “Find the Cambridge Tree Photo” competition was Dot Harding, for her photo of a magnificent yellow tree in Autumn – the iconic large tree outside the Cambrian Hotel on Hamilton Rd.

“Every year I think, I have to take a photo of this tree, and I’m glad I did,” Dot said.

The competition, new to the festival this year, attracted 65 entries.

All sorts of cool activities and events have been taking place this week as part of the Cambridge Autumn Festival, which wraps up on Sunday, March 31. The full programme of events is available at

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