Once again the water-connected folk of Cambridge gathered on Midsummer’s Day on Jesus Green to read the Rights of the River Cam and its tributaries, and to bothcelebrate and grieve. This event was organised by Friends of the Cam. The day was fantastic, with music and performances into the evening, ending with Frida Violettas.

This year, Water Sensitive Cambridge’s Clara Todd performed a poem she wrote about Nine Wells, Cambridge’s closest chalk spring, which was the town’s original water supply. Listeners may recognise the refrain ‘Pure Clean Water’ which was the title of Tony Eva’s recent film, and a the story of deep time gleaned from research from Cambridge town records, and academic papers from Steve Boreham and others from Hobson’s Conduit Trust.

Cambridge Independent’s reporter Mike Schialom was there, and published a brilliant write-up that really captured the tone of the event.

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