Remembering loved ones by releasing a candlelit lily on the River Dee has become a special part of Christmas for many in Chester.

This Sunday (November 29), hundreds of people will gather at the River Dee in Chester to celebrate the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us by lighting a candlelit lily and floating it as part of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s annual community event

The spectacular and moving occasion will start at 4.30pm and will include a service with music from Kelsborrow Choir and Dan Bowman plus the opportunity to join in Christmas carols and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine.

Last year's event

Lilies are available from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in return for a donation and will be available to purchase on the day.

Community fundraiser for the Hospice, Phil Crawford, said: “The Light up a Life event at the River Dee has grown more popular over the years. It provides people with the opportunity to remember their loved ones and be part of a community celebration where we all come together and share special memories.”

Community fundraising manager Rachel Thomas added: “The event raises much needed income for the hospice at a time of year where people like to give to local causes. It is a time when family, friends and a sense of community is even more special and we are delighted with the support we have received from people.”

You can find out more information on the hospice website call 01244 851811 or email