KNUTSFORD is set to play host to a series of fascinating and poignant events to commemorate the centenary of the end of The First World War.

It is hoped to install a beacon on the Barncroft, with a small event around the lighting of the beacon planned for Remembrance Sunday as part of the national Battles Over tribute.

Knutsford Heritage Centre is to have an exhibition on Knutsford Prison, which during the war was used to house conscientious objectors and later prisoners of war.

Cheshire East Council is hosting an event in Tatton Park from 4pm to 6pm on Remembrance Sunday entitled ‘When the light goes out’, where the commemorative flame is extinguished.

Properties where soldiers lived who gave their lives will be given a window sticker to display – this will be an update to the 2014 project using an updated roll of honour produced as part of creating the centennial war memorial.

The Knitsford group is planning to extend its annual poppy displays to include the Cross Town Memorial and new centennial memorial, and possibly a small decoration for the window sticker properties.

The group is seeking to involve more residents and plans to make kits of wool and patterns for people to collect and participate.

The Cheshire Villages Great War Society exhibition is due to take place in the Methodist church on November 3, and archival films linked to the war period could be screened at the Curzon cinema.

A selection of postcards of the town centre from the era are being compiled with a view to them being displayed in shop windows for a ‘Then and Now’ comparison, and ‘silent soldiers’ could be present in the town centre as part of the programme of events.

This would involve re-enactors in period military uniform standing in the town, not speaking but engaging with visitors by handing them a card detailing the life of a soldier and when they died.

Ideas are also being explored for a visual representation of the number of men from Knutsford who served during the war.