MORE than 500 people attended a memorial event on the banks of the River Dee.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, in Backford, held its annual Light up a Life event at The Groves. People were able to float lit lily flowers on the Dee in memory of loved ones lost.
The emotional service included music from Ellesmere Port Concert Brass, Chester Bach Singers and solos from Chester musician Dan Bowman, with lily flowers placed on the river by Deva Canoe Club.
Cllr Jill Houlbrook, Lord Mayor of Chester, attended the event. She said: ”I was privileged to attend the Light up a Life service and joined many people who had come to remember those they have loved and lost.
“The sight of the lilies floating slowly in the River Dee was moving and empowering.
“I hope it brought peace and comfort to everyone gathered in the Groves on a cold winter’s night.”
The hospice’s Light up a Light Appeal so far has raised more than £40,000, with donations still coming in.
Hospice supporter John Cryer said: “The arrangements were much improved on previous years and the service was a lovely occasion.
“Everyone excelled, the choir, band, Soloist and the Lord Mayor all captured the attention of the congregation and the the address and the prayers of Rev Gill Hibbert found the perfect blend between the sadness and loneliness of those of us who had lost someone very precious, with their everlasting presence”.
To support the Light up a Life Appeal and remember a loved one call 01244 851811 to make a donation.