MIDDLEWICH residents gathered in the town centre on Monday to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War.

The service, which took place at the War Memorial at the Bull Ring on Monday, August 4, saw scores of residents come together in silence to mark the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war.

The gathering held a minute silence before wreaths were laid by Royal British Legion county chairman Don Taylor, Ken Kingston, from Royal British Legion Middlewich branch, Town Mayor Paul Edwards, Middlewich Vision manager Beverley Cope, Rev Barry Jobber, and Paul Farrington representing the Middlewich public.

Middlewich Town Mayor, Clr Paul Edwards, said: “There was a really good turnout the service set the right tone.

“It is important that we are reminded of those who have lost their lives and try and get through to people that we can’t do this again in future.”

The service was closed by the trialling town crier Devlin Hobson, who read a poem in honour of the lives lost.

Devlin said: “The amount of people who came out was really impressive given it was a Monday, I don’t think anybody was expecting that many.

“I read a proclamation to close the service people told me it was really emotional so I think it was a really good way to mark the centenary.”