MORE than 1,000 candle-lit lily flowers, symbols of love and warmth, in many different shades, were released and floated down the River Dee at Chester.
The event on Sunday enabled families and friends to keep the memory of loved ones alive and gave comfort during the festive season.
Crowds of people gathered along the river’s edge on The Groves and took part in a service of remembrance conducted from the Mark Twain boat on the River Dee.
Carols were played by the City of Chester Band and a song was performed by Chester Ladies Choir.
The service was led by Gill Hibbert and David McClenaghan from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd who said: “Life is like a river’s journey, sometimes we can be sailing on a pleasure boat enjoying moments, other times it can be tricky and dangerous and we may even feel like we are on a battleship.”
The first two lilies were released by Barbara Kettell, niece of hospice founder Vivien Smith MBE and by Cllr Neil Ritchie, Lord Mayor of Chester, in memory of Jordan Rose who was just 15 when he died.
Hundreds of lilies were released from Chester Boats’ landing stage by hospice nurses.
The hospice said that many people are already asking for this celebration to become an annual event.