MURDER is in the air at the multi award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich, with detectives needed to solve the mystery on the evening of October 4.

It is 1942 – the height of the Second World War – and Britain's enemies are targeting its key industries.

Cheshire appears to be a safe distance from the bombing targets, but is this just an illusion?

At the Salt Barge pub, over the road from the Lion Salt Works, land girls, boat welders, salt workers, doctors and trainee pilots are relaxing after a hard week of war effort.

But over a two-course wartime meal at the pub, there is an ‘incident’ that changes everything.

Is this ‘incident’ the result of a petty grudge or something more sinister? Fear and suspicion already sweep the town amid rumours that the Lion Salt Works or Yarwoods Boat yard are prime targets for bombing and espionage.

Action is required. The investigator needs all the help he can get in identifying the murderer and their motives. With village feuds simmering, there will be a number of suspects to question and more than a few red herrings.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council leader, said: “This promises to be thrilling night of music, intrigue and deception.

"Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the museum, there will a chance to question the suspects and draw your own conclusions, hopefully before the killer strikes again.”

Actors in period costume from Hartford's Urban Trendz Theatre will be playing key roles and though war time dress is optional, a prize will be awarded for the best dressed guest.

The evening – the first of its kind at the Lion Salt Works – starts in the Salt Barge Pub in Ollershaw Lane, Marston, at 7pm with food served from 7.30pm, and continues in the historic museum.

The Murder Mystery night is suitable for those over 16 years old, with free parking at the Lion Salt Works Museum and vegetarian menus available.

The event and two-course meal cost is £25 per person and can be bought online at works