Actors from a Chester based theatre company pulled into the city’s railway station on Sunday to remember those who left for war one hundred years ago.

Theatre in the Quarter’s community choir of soldiers, nurses and families recreated the poignant and historic moment when soldiers from the area departed from their local railway station at the start of the First World War.

The production, Over by Christmas, is touring railway stations all over Cheshire and Manchester this month and was also at Delamere station the same day.

The project involves more than 1000 children from schools including Blacon’s Dee Point, The Arches, Highfield, St Theresa’s, J H Godwin and Blacon High, Helsby Hillside, Horn’s Mill, Frodsham Manor House, Frodsham Weaver Vale, Frodsham CE, St Luke’s and Kingsley.

They have all taken part in workshops with Theatre in the Quarter and Homegrown Dance Theatre company on an anthem written by writer-in-residence Helen Newall and artistic director Matt Baker.

Matt Baker: “We have been inundated with messages from people saying how thrilled and moved they were by the performances in Chester.

“To see such enormous crowds waiting for us at the station when we returned from performing in Delamere was simply incredible.

“Every generation found a way to remember those soldiers and nurses who left Chester and Delamere in 1914 and particularly those who didn’t come back.”

Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire community rail partnership officer, added: “This project is about remembering local people and the sacrifice that they made, and the journey that began at their local station.

“It’s reminding people of the importance of the railway network and stations, as communities played their part in this world-changing event.”

The production was at Ellesmere Port railway station at the beginning of the tour.

Over By Christmas is a free event and part of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Project It will be calling at the following stations and venues in our area:

  • September 19 - Helsby Station at 10.10am; Frodsham Station 11.20am and 12.15pm; Runcorn East Station Green at 1.35pm.
  • September 20 - Northwich Station at 10.30am; Plumley Station Car Park at 11.40am; Hale Platford 2 at 2pm; Stockport Station at 3.30pm and 4.15pm.
  • September 21 - Crewe Station at 12.30pm and 1.30pm; Outside Congleton Station at 4pm and 5pm.
  • September 22 - Blacon Old Station Site at 9.30am, 10.40am and 1.30pm.
  • September 25 - Manchester Piccadilly Station Foyer at 11am, noon and 1.30pm.
  • September 27 - Willaston Hadlow Road at 11am and 12.30pm; Saughall Vernon Institute 2pm.
  • September 28 - Outside Poynton Station ticket office at 11am; Macclesfield Station Car Park at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

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