Also in attendance were Lieutenant General Sir Edmund Fortescue Gerard Burton KBE, High Sheriff of Cheshire Charles Holroyd, neighbouring mayors, representatives from the Mercian and Royal Welsh Regiments, Vice-Admiral Jeremy Larken representing the Royal Navy, representatives from the emergency services, Chris Matheson MP and Steven Woolfe MEP.
Veterans from across Cheshire West were there representing the Navy, Army, Wrens and Land Army and wreaths were laid afterwards at the War Memorial in the cathedral grounds.
They later joined the Lord Mayor after the service in the Town Hall for high tea where 1940s music was played.
Pupils from The King's School choir performed the evensong.
Councillor Rudd said: “It was a privilege to lead the service today and I was honoured to meet so many veterans from the Borough and listen to their unique stories.
“The horror of what they had lived through was reflected upon by all present as the congregation fell silent for the two minutes silence during an Act of Remembrance following the service.
“We must never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and the veterans of World War Two who lived through the nightmare of the war years. I wish to thank all the veterans for taking the time to join me for this service of thanksgiving”.
Staff at the Cheshire West and Chester Council local election count observed a two-minute silence at 3pm at the Northgate Arena on Friday, May 8, the actual anniversary of VE Day.
In Winsford mayor Gina Lewis, accompanied by her chaplain Rev Tim Hanson observed the silence adjacent to the war memorial in the town centre.
Later in the evening, at 9.32pm, the mayor lit a gas-fired beacon on top of the church tower of Christ Church in Wharton as part of the national chain of beacons, the first of which was lit by Her Majesty The Queen.
Members of the Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Club braved bad weather to prepare the Beacon on Frodsham Hill to be part of the commemorations.