CLEARING up subways, cleaning shoes, gardening, free drinks – Chesterfest is in full swing this week embracing the community with acts of kindness.
The annual event, which started out as a fun day in Hoole in 1997, has become a success story for the city’s residents.
About 140 children from schools across the region took part in the seven-day festival, organised by 23 Chester churches and The Light Project, based in Hoole.
It combines fun activities with community work.
Youngsters, led by youth team leaders, have been celebrating a week of sport, music, Christian worship and acts of kindness.
Pupils have been out and about picking up litter, washing cars, painting fences and cleaning up Chester’s grot spots, including the city’s subways.
The youngsters will now be able to let their hair down at a concert at Chester Cathedral at 7pm on Friday, where they will be entertained by groups thebandwithnoname and YFriday.
More than 9,000 people are expected to descend on the fun day on Sunday at Hoole’s Coronation playing fields, with free burgers, cookies and smoothies on offer.
Highlights include a police self-defence display, beat the goalie, footvolley, face-painting, ponies, puppets, bouncy castle, games corner, assault course and funfair.