A free family day of activities, music and stories to commemorate the First World War is being held in the historic grounds of Tatton Park’s Old Hall, Knutsford, on Sunday 26 August.
Hosted by Cheshire East Council, the day starts at 11am and involves a range of fascinating hands-on activities for ‘A Soldier’s Story’ when visitors can help to uncover the past by tracing a local soldier’s personal wartime story. It’s a unique opportunity to handle precious historical artefacts, explore family history and enjoy craft activities, creative writing and storytelling.
Visitors can also bring a picnic to the Cheshire East Reflects family concert which starts at 1pm, set within the striking backdrop of Tatton’s medieval Old Hall. The concert will feature the Staffordshire Military Wives’ Choir and the famous Foden’s Brass Band. The inspiring ‘Sacred Sounds’ performance will tell the story of British India’s involvement in the First World War.
The event is part of the council’s ‘Cheshire East Reflects’ four-year programme of remembrance of the sacrifice by the people of Cheshire East during the First World War. Local residents, community groups, arts organisations and partners, such as the Imperial War Museum North, have all participated in the programme with more than 25,000 people attending events and taking part, including free schools workshops.
Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey will help introduce the day and said,
“This will be a fantastic and also poignant day of events with lots of hands-on activities for families, gripping stories and inspirational music. Cheshire East Reflects has been a thought-provoking programme that has paid a moving tribute to the tremendous courage and sacrifice of Cheshire’s soldiers”.