FOR the last four years a Christmas remembrance service has provided a place for people to remember loved ones they have lost in the last year.

The Middlewich Cemetery Board came up with the Tree of Light after seeing similar events elsewhere, and it is always well attended.

What’s it all about?

Christmas can often be a difficult time for families who have lost someone during the year.

Every year, more than 100 people gather to write handwritten messages to loved ones they have lost on little paper stars. The stars are then pinned to a tree within the cemetery.

A short service is given, including blessings, remembrances and readings.

This year anyone who has been interred into Middlewich Cemetery will be remembered.

When and where is it?

The service takes place at Middlewich Cemetery from 6pm on Tuesday, December 5 and all are welcome to attend.

Who will speak at the event?

Cllr Ken Kingston, chairman of the Middlewich Cemetery Board, will welcome people to the service.

Rev Tony Ford will lead a prayer before the Tree of Light is switched on and later in the service.

Cllr Samantha Moss, mayor of Middlewich, and Cllr Simon McGrory, Cheshire East Council member for Middlewich, will both read poems of remembrance.

Rev Ford will end the service with a blessing.

Will any carols be sung?

It wouldn’t be a Christmas service without them.

This year’s Tree of Light service will include Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Once in Royal David’s City, Gabriel’s Message, Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful, all led by Middlewich Community Choir.

How much does it cost for admission?

The event is free and complementary mince pies are available after the service.

Can I take photos?

People can take photographs as and when they wish to throughout.