Marking the centenary of the Armistice
We’re proud to be one of the few councils in the UK to have held a four-year programme of events to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
Since 2014, our Cheshire East Reflects programme has used the arts and culture as a means to commemorate the First World War
and has seen participation from more than 25,000 people.
Through schools workshops, theatre programmes, concerts, formal commemorative events and more, the programme has helped ensure the stories and artefacts, which tell the story of the First World War in Cheshire East, are preserved for future generations.
Our 2018 programme included a free family picnic concert at Tatton Park, in Knutsford, and featured performances from Staffordshire Military Wives’ Choir, Cheshire’s own Foden’s Band and Sacred Sounds, which told the story of British India’s involvement in the Great War.
Our final two commemorative events, called ‘When the Light Goes Out’, took place during Armistice weekend and saw professional artists working with residents of all ages to put them together.
The first event was held in Crewe and included a parade inspired by the town’s 1918 Tank Week – part of a fundraising campaign led by the government, which saw tanks touring England’s towns and cities – and a street concert featuring bands and choirs.
The second event took place on Remembrance Sunday at Tatton Park and featured a piece of building projection artwork – created and inspired by community-sourced stories and artefacts from the war – a promenade performance and the extinguishing of the commemorative flame, which has burned since 2014.
We’d like to thank all the staff at Tatton Park and all our partners for their support during the Cheshire East Reflects programme, including Imperial War Museum North, The Royal British Legion, Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Crewe Town Council, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Service, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts and Clonter Opera Theatre.
More information about Cheshire East Reflects can be found by visiting: cheshireeastreflects.com