Experience a wedding from 1916 in Chester


Staff reporter (Chester First)

PEOPLE are invited to step back in time almost 100 years and attend a wartime wedding in Chester.

Organised as part of the city's ongoing Great War Commemoration Programme, it will take place from 11am at St Michael’s Church in Bridge Street on Saturday, August 16.

It was inspired by an old photograph of the wedding of Elizabeth Barbara Ball and William Huxley in August 1916.

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.

Besides the wedding, visitors will also be given a flavour of life both at the Front and for those left at home with activities such as trench tea tasting and letter writing.

The event has been staged by First World War re-enactment group Cheshire Pals.

Cllr Stuart Parker, of Cheshire West and Chester Council, 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 is hosting four exhibitions relating to the Great 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.

‘The Nurses Story’ was produced by Ann Marie Curtis from Backford, Mollington and District Local History Society and ‘For Those in Peril’ mainly uses images which have been loaned.

‘From Bombs to Bandages’ shows 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

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