I WRITE to reference the work of Cheshire East Council and its communities.

To our knowledge, this council is the only local authority in the UK to have delivered a sustained programme of commemorative events since 2014, rightfully recognising the commitment made by the people of Cheshire to the Great War.

Cheshire East Reflects has used arts and culture as a way of paying tribute to all those who never returned home.

In total, Cheshire East Reflects has seen participation from more than 30,000 people, including 3,000 pupils from 51 schools.

Our final two events during Armistice weekend were extremely moving and a fitting close to what has been a truly Cheshire East-wide programme.

I’d like to thank everyone who helped to put these, and all other past events, together for their tremendous efforts – ensuring that those who gave their lives in the Great War will never be forgotten.

The ‘When the Light Goes Out’ events were attended by more than 4,000 people.

The event in Crewe, held the previous day, was launched with the emotive sound of pealing church bells – the first time in five years that they had been heard across the town.

This has been a truly inspirational project and in recognising he work of Cheshire East Staff, I would particularly like to thank all who supported and engaged in this four year rightful remembrance.

Rachel Bailey Leader of Cheshire East Counc