Thousands of people turned out to reflect on the hardships, losses and untold stories of the First World War, as Cheshire East Council’s four-year programme of commemorative activity came to a close.
The local authority’s ‘When the Light Goes Out’ events – part of the Cheshire East Reflects programme – used memories, performance and sound at events in Crewe town centre and at Tatton Park, in Knutsford, to mark 100 years since the Armistice took place.
As darkness fell on Remembrance Sunday, the front of Tatton Park Mansion was transformed into a vast ticking timepiece – a portal back to 1918. Created by digital artists Illuminos, ‘Keeping Watch’ featured hundreds of letters written by local school children to Cheshire soldier Arthur Greg, of Quarry Bank Mill.
As the sounds of Crewe Male Voice Choir echoed out, visitors also stopped to listen to monologues about refugee and Commonwealth participation in the war and paused for a moment to hear stories of heartbreak.
They watched games being played and dance and movement pieces being performed by young people from Bexton Primary School, Minerva Arts and Amy Greenhalgh Dance.
A formal ceremony, led by Cheshire East Mayor Lesley Smetham, the Venerable Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield and Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs, then brought the event – and the Cheshire East Reflects programme – to a close with the extinguishing of the commemorative flame, which has burned since 2014.