LORD Mayor John Ebo was in Guernsey at the weekend to mark Chester’s wartime link with the island.
Cllr Ebo was present at the unveiling of a 70th anniversary plaque to commemorate the evacuation of 4,000 Guernsey children to the UK mainland in June 1940 - just before the German forces invaded and occupied the Channel Islands.
Many evacuees were billeted in Chester and other parts of the North West, and most did not see their parents for five years.
Following the unveiling of the plaque, Cllr Ebo attended a reception hosted by Guernsey’s Bailiff Sir Geoffrey Rowland and a lunch for all evacuees at Elizabeth College in St Peter Port.
At the reception Cllr Ebo and visiting mayors from other regions were shown a copy of Festung Guernsey, a book made by the occupying German forces detailing fortifications built on the island.
Also being celebrated this weekend was the 65th anniversary of Guernsey’s Liberation from the occupying forces.
More than 750 islanders who were evacuated, lived through the Occupation or saw active service during the war attended a traditional 1940s tea dance and hangar ball, while 5,000 racing pigeons were released for a special Liberation Royal Open Race.
A one-kilometre Liberation Celebrations Cavalcade, including more than 100 period military vehicles plus vintage cars, bicycles and tractors, travelled down Guernsey’s east coast before arriving in St Peter Port, watched by thousands of spectators.