There is a special wedding on Saturday, August 16 and everyone is invited to travel back in time to 1916.
The re-enactment takes place from 11am and throughout the day at Chester History and Heritage, St Michael’s Church in Bridge Street, where residents and visitors can experience what it would have been like in Chester on August 16 1916 with a flavour of life both at the Front and for those left at home.
Try a taste of trench tea, write a soldier’s letter and learn what item was most important to the boys on the front line and much more.
With a wartime wedding, music and songs, all brought to life with the First World War re-enactment group, Cheshire Pals, this event is part of the Great War Commemoration programme.
It was inspired by a photograph in the History and Heritage collection; it was on a lovely, sunny summer Monday in August 1916 that Elizabeth Barbara Ball married William Huxley at St Michael’s Church.
The photograph shows them posing outside their new home in Volunteer Street – a house that would be home to generations of the family for almost 100 years.
After her marriage Elizabeth took on a stall at Chester Market, renaming it E B Huxley’s – a sign that still shows on the family-run stall today.
Councillor Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and economy, said: “This is the latest of many events being held to commemorate the Great War.
“We are very grateful for the many fascinating stories, photographs and items that have been shared during the commemoration events held so far.”
Chester History and Heritage are also hosting four exhibitions relating to the First World War; Dulce Et Decorum Est , The Nurses Story, For Those in Peril and From Bombs to Bandages.
Dulce Et Decorum Est uses images from the History and Heritage collection plus photographs and documents that were brought in to the First World War road show last Autumn.
From Bombs to Bandages shows the patients and nurses from a Chester military hospital, taken from a unique donated photograph album.
The commemoration events and stories can be seen at the website www.thegreatwarcheshire.co.uk
Read about the original 1916 wedding here (with picture): Chester's 1916 wedding